We promote humane, non-coercive mental health services

We are 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. We are part of an international movement of service users, survivors, activists, carers and professionals fighting for more humane, non-coercive mental health services.

People who hear voices, have visions or experience reality in different ways to those around them — and become overwhelmed by their experiences — are often referred to as experiencing ‘psychosis’. We believe that people can and do recover from difficulties which tend to be categorised under the term psychosis. This recovery can be with, without and sometimes despite psychiatric intervention.

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What We Do

Library

Soteria pioneers have written on philosophy, experience and research. Here too are articles and books presenting alternative approaches congruent with Soteria’s, and critical views of the state of psychiatry. Poetry and art are also featured!

Links

Soteria Network is part of a wider movement for radical change in mental health approaches in the 21st century and therefore seeks to convey knowledge and awareness of these through providing links to a range of websites.

Get Involved

Becoming a member shows your support for our work and ensures that you will be kept up to date about Soteria Network events. Though it doesn’t cost anything to join, we do ask you to consider making a donation to the Soteria Network.

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News, Views and Events

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Soteria Bristol: local group launch meeting.

The Convenor of Bristol Soteria has sent this account of the launch meeting. First Bristol Soteria Network Meeting 29th February, 2020  A small group of us met in central Bristol for our first meeting as a local group. We were all from different backgrounds but...

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Only Connect….

In these physically isolating times we still endeavour to heed E. M. Forster's advice to 'only connect.' There's much current advice out there too, on how best to cope positively with imposed isolation at home, and I won't replicate it. I'll just connect by sharing...

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Something to share this Spring Day

I love this poem by John Clare at this time of year, and hear it in my mind's ear when I'm on an early morning walk and see the 'pilewort', commonly known as celandine, unfurling its petals to the day. A 'pingle' is a small enclosed space - it's a regional,...