Soteria Network (UK): AGM and Open Forum Saturday, 20th September 2014

Soteria Network (UK): AGM and Open Forum
Saturday, 20th September 2014: 11 am – 4 pm, St Thomas Centre, Manchester

Promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic support for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states
Part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services

Please come and join us at our Annual General Meeting and open Forum event for a day filled with the sharing and exchanging of ideas, knowledge and discoveries, the exploration of opportunities, and inspiration for new initiatives.  Please see the attached flyer (pdf – 66 kb) and jpg (206 kb) for further information.

This event is free of charge and open to all.
Complimentary lunch and refreshments will be provided
To book your place: Please email or call 0121 331 7151

*Soteria House began life in 1971 as an experimental research project in America which was designed to see whether people experiencing a ‘first episode’ acute psychosis, who might otherwise be diagnosed with schizophrenia and treated with medication in hospital, might fare just as well in a house with minimum medication, but with maximum support

Soteria Network (UK) Registered Charity number:1146183

Open Dialogue seminar in London on 8th October

In a day long seminar in Hackney, London, Mia Kurtti, a family therapist who has been working in the Open Dialogue team in Western Lapland in Finland for 10 years, and Nick Putman, a psychotherapist from the UK, who has been visiting Western Lapland to study the work of the Open Dialogue teams and the theory and research related to it, will introduce the approach and the evidence base for it. The day will be a mixture of presentations and small and large group discussions. There are a range of price points for this seminar in the hope that this will make it accessible to all who wish to come. For further details on the seminar, and to book a place, please visit this page or telephone 020 3290 6333.

For more information about the Open Dialogue approach, please visit the Open Dialogue UK website.

Soteria Derbyshire Meeting on 20th April

There will be a meeting of the Soteria Derbyshire group this coming Saturday, 20th April, at QMH, Ashgate Road, Chesterfield, at 11.30am.

Soteria Derbyshire Meeting on 26th January

The next Soteria Derbyshire meeting will take place on 26th Jan 2013 at the Quaker Meeting House from 12pm until 4pm. The full address is: 27 Ashgate Rd, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S40 4AG. For further details please contact Paula Quick on 07950 058858.

Two events with Robert Whitaker in Brighton in December

In December there will be two events taking place with Robert Whitaker in Brighton. Places are limited for both events, so early booking is advisable.

'Soteria in the Pub' on 6th December

On the evening of Thursday 6th December Soteria Brighton will be holding their first 'Soteria in the Pub' event.  And what a first event it is too.  Robert Whitaker, award winning journalist from Boston, US, and author of ‘Mad in America’ and ‘Anatomy of an Epidemic’, two of the most popular and incisive books in the field of mental health in recent years, will be in conversation with a local psychiatrist, and with members of the audience too of course.  The topic of conversation, naturally, will be the medical model, the evidence base for it, and the use of psychiatric medication, amongst other things.  Following the conversation there will be some music to enjoy and the opportunity to continue the conversation over a drink or two.  Tickets are limited and you are advised to book early (£5 or £3 concessions). For full details of the event, and to book tickets, please visit this page on the Soteria Brighton website or telephone 07583 439036.

'Open Dialogue, Soteria and the Medical Model' on 7th December

On Friday 7th December the Open Paradigm Project will be running its first event, ‘Open Dialogue, Soteria, and the Medical Model’, a day long seminar with Robert Whitaker and Nick Putman focusing on the problematics of the evidence base at the heart of the medical model, particularly for ‘psychosis’. Two alternative models will be presented, the Open Dialogue model from Finland and the Soteria model, both of which themselves have a strong evidence base. The results of the Open Dialogue studies in particular are very impressive - the best documented outcomes in the Western World.

Robert Whitaker will be talking about his research into the evidence base for the use of antipsychotics, which suggests that they may well be increasing the severity/chronicity of psychosis in the long-term, as well as the implications from the research into the Open Dialogue and Soteria models. Nick Putman is a psychotherapist who is actively involved in the development of the Soteria and Open Dialogue models in the UK. He has been to Western Lapland twice this year to study the Open Dialogue approach, and will be introducing the approach as well as describing his experience of being with the Open Dialogue teams in Finland. He will also be introducing the Soteria model and contrasting it with the Open Dialogue approach.

To celebrate the formation of the Open Paradigm Project this seminar is being offered at a reduced rate of £40 for the day, with a £20 rate for students and those who are low-waged and a £5 rate for those in receipt of benefits. For more detail on the seminar, and to book your place, please visit this page on the Open Paradigm Project website or telephone 01273 930999.

Soteria Bradford conference

Soteria Bradford have arranged a conference: Beyond Medication: how do we reduce our dependence on psychotropic drugs?
This will be held on
Monday 10th. December, 10-4pm, at Culture Fusion, Thornton Road, Bradford BD1 2EP.

Speakers include:
Robert Whitaker, author of Mad in America and Anatomy of an Epidemic; Rufus May, Clinical Psychologist; Rachel Waddington, Camden Mind and Hearing Voices.

£80 waged; £30 students; £20 service users and carers.
Contact: or phone 07734881430 for information or booking form.
Please send a cheque made out to
Soteria Network, together with your Name, Address, E-mail and phone number to:
Jen Kilyon, 27, Bank Crest, Baildon, Shipley, West Yorkshire. BD17 5HB

Soteria Network AGM 2012

The Soteria Network AGM will take place on 14th April 2012 between 12pm and 1.15pm and will be followed by a discussion of future possibilities and projects. The venue for the AGM is: Room 216, Seacole Building, City South (Edgbaston) Campus, Birmingham City University, Westbourne Road, Birmingham B15 3TN.

‘Living, Loving and Thriving with Aspergers’ conference

This is to let you know about an upcoming conference organised by Autism North West entitled ‘Living, Loving and Thriving with Aspergers’ with spectrum author, Rudy Simone. This is a one day conference in Manchester, for everyone interested in finding out more on female aspergers, employment and relationships. It takes place on Tuesday 29th May 2012. All enquiries should be directed to For more information, please click here.

Light on Paranoia - A Free One Day Conference

This is to let you know about an upcoming event in London called "Light on Paranoia - A Free One Day Conference. Living with, and recovering from, paranoia and overwhelming beliefs" on Monday 27th February 2012, from 10-4.30pm at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE. For more information please click here. Here is the information from Mind in Camden:

You are invited to a FREE one day conference to celebrate the launch of our new three year project to develop a network of peer support groups for people struggling with paranoia and overwhelming beliefs. This exciting and unique event will combine talks and workshops from renowned speakers such as Peter Bullimore, Rufus May and Dolly Sen. It will include stories of recovery, innovative approaches to working with paranoia and plenty of ideas to take home on how to cope with, and recover from, distressing experiences. It is open to service users, survivors, carers and clinicians. Please book your place. E: or T: 020 7625 9042 and ask for John or Dolly .

Donation received from collection at Brodie's funeral

We would like to thank Moira Bonar and Julie Gurr for sending us a cheque for £286 for Soteria Bradford. This was collected at the funeral of Moira's son Brodie who was only 22 years old. The following was read out at the service:

'The last few years were an extremely difficult time for Brodie due to mental health problems. Although he tried to hide it, he was in a lot of torment and pain, and was let down by a system whose only answer was to force him to be constantly medicated, which Brodie found extremely difficult due to side effects that took away his quality of life. All his choices were taken away from him and he was left no hope for the future'