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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...


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...


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,...


Extinction Rebellion

I've heard of a 'new' psychological term, 'eco-anxiety'. Well, I've been feeling near 'eco-despair' for a long time, but I discovered Extinction Rebellion via a Guardian article last November. I joined the Exeter group - found some wonderful people - and it's...


Olive Bucknall: An obituary

Olive Bucknall, a well-known campaigner for the reformation of mental health services, has died after a short illness brought on by a series of strokes. She was 97 and until recently had lived at home. Olive’s story formed the basis for the chapter ‘Relatives and...


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...