Open Day - June 2017

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Saturday 24 March, 9am – 3pm

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Please note: This page contains links to external websites. Birmingham City University has no control over the contents of those sites and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.

Association for Medical and Therapeutic Self-Determination (MetZelf)

MetZelf is Netherlands-based association that provides information on the myths about medication and suggestions for reducing or stopping medication. Its activities include disseminating information and offering mutual support.

Asylum online

Asylum magazine is a forum for free debate, open to anyone with an interest in psychiatry or mental health. We especially welcome contributions from service users or ex-users (or survivors), carers, and frontline psychiatric or mental health workers (anonymously, if you wish). The magazine is not-for-profit and run by a collective of unpaid volunteers. Asylum Collective is open to anyone who wants to help produce and develop the magazine, working in a spirit of equality.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

The Trust provides mental health care to those people living in Birmingham and Solihull who are experiencing mental health problems. It serves a culturally and socially diverse population of 1.2 million spread...making it one of the largest mental health Foundation Trusts in the country. The Trust has over 4000 dedicated staff that are continually working to “Help People Get Better” and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness. It operates from over 80 sites in a variety of settings, from community based mental health teams through to acute wards and day centres.

Birmingham City University

One of the largest universities in the UK, we provide practical solutions for business and use our excellent industry links to influence the teaching of our courses, giving our students the skills and experience employers want. We’re in the UK top 20 for placing students in graduate level work and for the last three years have had the highest rise in UCAS applications of all East and West Midlands’ universities.

Birmingham Irish Association

Birmingham Irish is the Midlands' leading charity providing welfare and cultural services to the Irish community. Our aspiration is to be the service of choice for all Irish people seeking advice, support and information. To achieve this we will continue to provide quality and responsive services that improve wellbeing and quality of life.

Carers’ Federation Ltd

The Carers’ Federation Ltd supports carers and the people for whom they care. The organisation provides a wide range of services and useful information.

Centre for International Mental Health

The Centre for International Mental Health is part of the Melbourne School of Population Health, University of Melbourne. They offer an exciting range of graduate professional education and research training opportunities. Their approach emphasises a commitment to quality research-led teaching and learning embedded in fundamental principles of knowledge transfer.

Center for Reality Therapy

Reality therapy is a practical method of helping people take better control of their lives. It assists people in identifying what they want and what they need, and then in evaluating whether they can realistically attain what they want. It helps them examine their own behaviours and evaluate them with clear criteria. Reality therapy provides people with a self-help tool to use daily to cope with adversity, to grow personally, and to gain more effective control of their lives. Reality therapy is based on choice theory, a systematic explanation of how the human mind works.

Clinical Research Network Mental Health

CRNMH is part of the National Institute for Health Research and brings together communities of clinical practice to provide national networks of research expertise. It is made up of research-interested clinicians and practitioners at both national and local levels. Our job is to ensure that the mental health studies that are included in our national portfolio of research receive the right support to ensure they are delivered successfully in the NHS.

Counselling Directory

The purpose of the site is ultimately to provide the UK with a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will hopefully encourage those in distress to seek help. The website also contains a number of sections on emotional disorders (types of distress section) and provides some useful statistics. Every counsellor on the site who has submitted their profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications and insurance cover to us, or is registered with a professional body online with recognised codes of ethics and practice, this way we can be assured of their professionalism.

Department of Health (UK)

The Department of Health (DH) exists to improve the health and wellbeing of people in England and centres around three strategic objectives:

  • Better health and well-being for all: helping people stay healthy and well; empowering people to live independently; and tackling health inequalities.
  • Better care for all: the best possible health and social care that offers safe and effective care, when and where people need it; and empowering people in their choices.
  • Better value for all: delivering affordable, efficient and sustainable services; contributing to the wider economy and the nation.

Elemental Wellbeing

The charity is working to improve the lives of adults and young people with mental health problems, emotional distress and trauma-related difficulties. We provide non-medical recovery approaches in the UK and also in an international arena through service provision, education, counselling and therapy. We provide practical and emotional support to people experiencing psychological distress, enabling them to find ways to heal, recover and THRIVE. Our work also involves mentoring and supporting workers and local communities through capacity building health programmes and by developing skills and expertise required to initiate mental health and wellbeing programmes. We provide equipment, training materials and helpful resources for sustaining such projects.

Hearing Voices Network

If you hear voices HVN can help - we are committed to helping people who hear voices. Our reputation is growing, as the limitations of a solely medical approach to voices become better known. Psychiatry refers to hearing voices as 'auditory hallucinations' but our research shows that there are many explanations for hearing voices. Many people begin to hear voices as a result of extreme stress or trauma. We offer information, support and understanding to people who hear voices and those who support them.

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy

Icap is a registered charity providing high quality counselling and psychotherapy to help people heal their lives and deal with emotional trauma, depression and risk of suicide. Originally founded to meet the needs of Irish immigrants resident in Britain, we now support all communities. We have two clinical centres – London and the West Midlands. We also provide therapy at partner organisations and through our network of therapists across Britain. Every month our highly qualified therapists see over 300 people.

International Critical Psychiatry Network

The International Critical Psychiatry Network has been created by medical doctors as a forum (primarily for medical doctors) to discuss, critique, and publicise opinions, practices, literature and events that support critical thinking and alternative approaches to psychiatry.

 International Network Toward Alternatives and Recovery (INTAR)

INTAR gathers prominent survivors, professionals, family members, and advocates from around the world to work together for new clinical and social practices towards emotional distress and what is often labelled as psychosis. Based in leading edge research and successful innovations, INTAR believes the prevailing biomedical overreliance on diagnoses, hospitals, and medications has failed to respect the dignity and autonomy of the person in crisis, and that full recovery must be at the centre of ethical care. INTAR promotes alternative settings to hospitals and institutions, so that people in crisis called “schizophrenia” and “bipolar” can find the care, connectedness, respect, and interventions they need and elect to use. We understand “madness” and extreme states of distress from a social, holistic, and humanistic perspective.


Intervoice focuses on solutions that improve the life of voice hearers using methods have been co-developed by voice hearers and professionals. Because hearing voices is a stigmatised experience, we wanted to create a safe place where you can find out more about hearing voices and to create an interactive online community where you can let us know about your point of view or experience. The need to develop new kinds of interventions other than those offered by psychiatry is paramount.

Irish in Britain

Irish in Britain is the lynchpin of the community — making a difference to the lives and experience of Irish people across Britain. We actively lead our community at all levels; building sustainability into our member organisations; promoting healthy living in our community; drafting policy positions and campaigning for issues that matter to the whole community; conducting research to make the most informed decisions and placing Irish in Britain at the centre of relations between Ireland and Britain through our parliamentary work and acting as Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain.

 Jacqui Dillon

Jacqui Dillon is a writer, campaigner, international speaker and trainer. She has personal and professional experience, awareness and skills in working with trauma and abuse, dissociation, ‘psychosis’, hearing voices, healing and recovery. Jacqui has lectured and published worldwide. She is a skilled facilitator in complex learning environments. Jacqui has a track record of creating and sustaining user centred initiatives and of affecting change at all levels.

Mosher Soteria

For over a decade Loren R Mosher, MD, held a central position in American psychiatric research. He was the first Chief of the Center for Studies of Schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health, and founded the Schizophrenia Bulletin being its Editor-in-Chief for 10 years. Loren led the Soteria Project, which showed there is a better way to treat schizophrenia and other psychoses that destroy the lives of so many young people. The psychiatric establishment was offended and Dr Mosher was forced to leave his key position in American psychiatry. When Dr Mosher died he was Director of Soteria Associates, San Diego, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California.

Movement for Global Mental Health

The Movement for Global Mental Health aims to improve services for people with mental disorders worldwide. The Movement is a global network of individuals and institutions that support this mission.

 National Institute for Health Research

A useful website for sourcing service user involvement information and research and development support. NIHR commissions and funds research focusing on improving outcomes for health and social care and to develop research evidence to support decision making by professionals, policy makers and patients, make this evidence available, and encourage its uptake and use.

National Paranoia Network

A UK-based organization aimed at service users, professionals and family members providing guidance on how to understand and cope with paranoid feelings and beliefs.

Network for Change

Network for Change is a voluntary sector organisation providing Supported Housing, Community Outreach and Resource Centre activities to meet the needs of adults whose mental health problems have impacted significantly on their quality of life. Our values and working practice focus on recovery and person-centred approaches to enable wellbeing and potential.

Neuroleptic Awareness

Neuroleptic Awareness focuses largely on information from international papers and research about side effects and adverse reactions, which is overall largely unknown by service users and clients (patients), carers and possibly mental health and social care practitioners and students.

PCCS Books

Publisher of counselling and psychotherapy books and journals. PCCS books are dedicated to the Person- Centred Approach and Client-Centred Therapy and committed to reflexive, radical and critical contemporary psychology theory and practice.

Soteria Network

The Soteria Network is a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states. Soteria Network is part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services.

The Cochrane Collaboration

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit, independent organisation dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide.

 The Mental Health Nurse Lecturer’s Tea Party

Fascinating and thought-provoking blog from the Mental Health Nurse Lecturer’s at Faculty of Health, Birmingham City University.

 The UCL Centre for the History of Medicine

The Centre, based at University of Central Lancashire (UCL), promotes awareness of the importance of the history of medicine and in developing sources and methods for exploring a wide variety of subjects in the field. The Centre is committed to helping to bring to light accounts of human experience in order to offer analyses of the complexities and ambiguities, as well as the hard-won knowledge surrounding health, diseases and their treatment.

 Thomas Szasz Cyber Center for Liberty and Responsibility

Thomas S. Szasz is Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus at the State University of New York Health Science Center, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington; an author and lecturer. His classic book, The Myth of Mental Illness (1961), made him a figure of international fame and controversy. Many of his works - such as Law, Liberty, and Psychiatry, The Ethics of Psychoanalysis, Ceremonial Chemistry, and Our Right to Drugs - are regarded as among the most influential in the 20th century by leaders in medicine, law, and the social sciences.

The Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health

The Centre of Excellence in Interdisciplinary Mental Health (CEIMH) at University of Birmingham aims to promote excellence, innovation and creativity in the delivery of interdisciplinary mental health teaching and learning. The website provides a variety of high quality, flexible teaching and learning resources that have been developed through CEIMH sponsored projects.


Weglaufhaus (Runaway Stoeckle Villa) is an anti-crisis-oriented psychiatric facility in Berlin, Germany. It offers homeless people or those threatened with homelessness, who are also in acute crisis, the ability to escape the mental health system and take control of their lives. Weglaufhaus was founded and is run by Association for the Protection from Psychiatric Violence Association.

 World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the United Nations’ specialized agency for health. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.

 Working to Recovery Ltd

Working to Recovery have an international reputation as speakers and authors with a cutting edge approach to mental health provision. Working to Recovery can offer the expertise to deliver recovery-based services along with an extensive knowledge of service development and provision worldwide, therefore offering a unique approach in terms of training and consultancy.

World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation

WAPR is a non-governmental organisation that works in consultation with the World Health Organization, the United Nations Economic and Social Council and the International Labour Office. Their primary aim is to provide ongoing discussions of the issues concerning long-term mental health care.

Please note: Our website contains links to external websites. Birmingham City University has no control over the contents of those sites and accepts no responsibility for them or for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.