National Perceptions Forum (formerly known as National Voices Forum)

PLEASE NOTE THE MENU SYSTEM IS NOT IDEAL

SOME OF THE MENUS HAVE SUB MENU SYSTEMS 

HOLDING THE CURSOR OVER A CATEGORY WILL BRING UP THE TIER BELOW IT

YOU SHOULD ONLY CLICK ON THE LOWEST TIER ON THE TREE 

IF YOU CLICK ABOVE THIS YOU WILL GET A BLANK PAGE COMING UP

 

ON A TOUCHSCREEN YOU MAY BE ABLE TO SEE PAGES BY HOLDING YOUR FINGER ON THE MENU NAME AND CLICKING. HIGHLIGHT TEXT FROM THE DIALOGUE BOX THAT COMES UP WHICH WILL GIVE YOU THE NEXT LEVEL. REPEAT TILL ACTUAL FILES NAMES COME UP THEN CLICK ON ONE TO SEE PAGE

 

We are a group of survivors/users of psychiatry and manage this site ourselves. There is no management or input as to the content of the site by non-survivors/users. We promote the views of both ourselves and other survivors/users, as well as stories, poetry, music and artwork by them. We also have some work on the site we have chosen from non-survivors/users and this can be found in the section called “Friends”.

The ARCHIVE contains the original site hosted by NPF and which was created by Zyra. It includes similar things to the links at the top of this page and much more. As well as records of the many activities that National Perceptions Forum did in the past there is a huge amount of material and all the internal linking still works. We have copied some of it to the menus on this page but there is so much it would take a very long time to copy all of it.

 

Archive of Old Site

 

 

14 thoughts on “National Perceptions Forum (formerly known as National Voices Forum)

  1. Great to see the website, it is a very important resource for people with mental health problems. The psychiatric system is in disarray – not that it never was anything but; its just that there are hardly any authentic forums for service users these days. We need to have a voice, to get together and share our experiences and ideas, mainly because we are still an extremely misunderstood group of people, we are also perhaps a vulnerable group of people but with an awful lot to offer. Will be following this website keenly. All the best, Sophie

  2. Welfare reform – what do you call people who vilify and hit those who cannot fight back? It’s not a difficult question to answer.

  3. RESEARCH STUDY ADVERTISEMENT

    TITLE: To be heard: Qualitative exploration of individuals’ experiences, views and meanings of psychiatric in-patient treatment under section and its impact on the recovery process

    INTRODUCTION: You are being invited to take part in the study that is interested in finding out about individuals’ experiences and views of their treatment on a closed psychiatric ward under section. The research aims to gain a better understanding of the impact such psychiatric treatment has on individuals with psychosis and their recovery process through exploring how individuals make sense of themselves, their experience and the world around them.

    PURPOSE: Overall, little research has focused on direct experiences of patients on acute psychiatric wards and there appear to be even more need for in-depth studies that would also seek to extract the meaning that in-patient treatment under section has to individuals. The research hopes to enhance knowledge on the subject and fill in gaps in existing research. Its objective is to promote the views of people in mental distress as well as provide guidance and inspiration towards quality improvement of in – patient psychiatric care.

    WHO CAN TAKE PART? Individuals (between age 18 to 65) who might have in the past or might be currently experiencing symptoms of psychosis and who have been in the past treated on the NHS in-patient psychiatric ward (on a non-voluntary basis, under section). It is required that at least six months period must have passed since individuals’ last admission.

    PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY: You are free to withdraw at any time without giving any reason.

    WHAT DOES THE STUDY INVOLVE? If you volunteer you will be asked about your experiences and views in relation to being on a psychiatric ward. You will be asked to think about yourself and about your relationship to others as related to your experiences on a closed ward. Finally, if you wish you can receive findings of your interview data and have an opportunity to share comments on the interpretation process with the researcher.

    CONFIDENTIALITY: All information about you in this study will be kept anonymous and it will be unidentifiable in written or published material. Interviews will be recorded using voice recorder and recordings will be kept in a safe storage system (locked memory).

    QUESTIONS? For more details please contact the researcher who is conducting this study – Anna Wachowska who is a trainee counselling psychologist at City University London. Email: Anna.Wachowska.1@city.ac.uk

    COMPLAINS?
    If you would like to complain about any aspect of the study, please contact the Secretary to the University’s Senate Research Ethics Committee on 020 7040 3040 or via email: Anna.Ramberg.1@city.ac.uk

  4. Hi.
    I used to submit artwork sometimes to the old Perceptions magazine and I was sorry to see it go.
    Didn’t know about this site until just now.
    I’ll try to have a read through all the articles.
    Hope everyone is keeping well and happy.
    Mike x

  5. I am currently Membership Secretary and Treasurer of TheFED – a network of writing and community publishing, entirely run by volunteers with some overseas members, and we are holding our AGM and Festival of Writing, as usual, at Faraday House, Syracuse University’s London site, 48-51 Old Gloucester Street, Holborn, London WC1N 3AE on Saturday 15 November 2014 from 9.30am-6pm. Many members of TheFED were or are part of Survivors’ Groups, such as Stevenage Survivors, Herts, and I am putting feelers out to see if any of you would like to join TheFED, only £5.00 pa for an individual (low income) or £10 pa (higher income) or £15.00 pa (unfunded group) or £25.00 pa (funded group). During the Festival of Writing creative writing workshops are run by volunteers throughout the day and we have bookstalls, a soapbox, celebratory reading event, continuous reading and writing hand for those who struggle to get their ideas down on paper. All refreshments, lunch, information packs, workshops etc are included in the price of £10.00 (for individual members, or members of groups) in advance or £12.00 on the door. Non-members pay £15.00 in advance or £17.00 on the door. Details of our workshops are on the website http://www.thefed.btck.co.uk and also results of our monthly writing challenges. You do not have to be a member to contribute to TheFED monthly writing challenges or to TheFED blogspot etc. In the past I have contributed to Perceptions magazine and I still have many issues of the magazine at home. I am sure many of you would enjoy being part of TheFED. The Festival is a great opportunity to network and meet fellow writers and artists, and we welcome ‘difference’ with gusto. Best wishes to all Louise Glasscoe

  6. “How individuals make sense of positive voice hearing experiences”

    I am a student at London Metropolitan University studying for a professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I am inviting you to participate in research that will be exploring how individuals understand their experiences of positive voice hearing.

    Many people have positive experiences of voice hearing however there is a significant lack of research on this, most research is focused on negative experiences of voice hearing. I wish to learn more about how people relate to positive voice hearing and begin challenging negative and stigmatising discourse that surrounds voice hearing.

    If you would like further information please contact Holly on hon0039@my.londonmet.ac.uk.

    I would really appreciate any help!

  7. The cowards are in who pick on the sick and the poor to line their own pockets. Shame on Britain.

  8. When the people are not afraid of death, wherefore frighten them with death?

    In chopping wood on behalf of the master carpenter, there are few who escape hurting their own hands instead.

    Lao Tzu

  9. This government are murdering the sick and disabled through wilful neglect. Nothing could be more sickening or cowardly. It smacks of what Hitler did and the people are going along with it just like in Germany in the 1930s and 40s. They do not occupy the moral high ground – in fact they are corrupt and morally redundant. Who wants to be ruled by such but idiots?

  10. Sorry if I’m being dull – is this site still active – I can’t see a way to register or how to access any ongoing discussions – do those exist? thanks.

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