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Centre for Community Mental Health, Birmingham City University hold talks on mental health issues: http://www.health.bcu.ac.uk/ccmh  Details from ccmh@bcu.ac.uk

C I S'ters (Child Incest Survivors)  Tel. 023 80 338080 - Helpline 10am-12noon Saturdays.   P.O. Box 119, Eastleigh, SO50 9ZF.  A survivor network for female survivors of incest, newsletter.  Training for professional & voluntary organisations related to abuse in general.

Coming Off Psychiatric Medication:  http://www.comingoff.com  Info on psychiatric medication, how it functions, withdrawal process. Free downloadable pdf booklet:  http://theicarusproject.net/downloads/ComingOffPsychDrugsHarmReductGuide1Edonline.pdf

Critical Psychiatry Network Website:  http://www.critpsynet.freeuk.com

Drug3k - Online Drug Encyclopedia - Featuring detailed information on prescription and medications including description, image, drug use, dosage, storage, precautions, and side effects.

Hearing Voices Network - Details from Hearing Voices Network, 79 Lever Street, Manchester M1 1FL. Useful Website for information on Hearing Voices at Intervoice:  http://www.intervoiceonline.org

'On the Need for New Criteria of Diagnosis of Psychosis in the Light of Mind Invasive Technology' by Carole Smith http://www.btinternet.com/~psycho_social/Vol3/JPSS-CS2.html

Mental Health Alliance:  a coalition of 80 organisations from the mental health spectrum working towards securing better mental health legislation for England and Wales http://www.mentalhealthalliance.org.uk/

MIND  http://www.mind.org.uk  15-19 Broadway, London E15 4BQ   Mental Health Charity providing information, help and advocacy to users and professionals in the mental health field, including training, books, and magazine. Has many regional offices.

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood) http://www.napac.org.uk

Pavilion Publishing Website:  http://www.pavpub.com (conferences, events, training)

Psychminded Website:  http://www.psychminded.co.uk

www.sane.org.uk/ SANEline National telephone helpline - emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems. See www.sane.org.uk/SANEmail for email service and resources.
Mental health information pages www.sane.org.uk/AboutMentalIllness

Soteria Network have a new website www.soterianetwork.org.uk

SupportLine http://www.supportline.org.uk  Helpline 01708 765200  Charity offering confidential emotional support to children and adults by telephone, email and post.  Information and help on a wide range of problems http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems

SURVIVORS SWINDON now AMSOSA  http://www.survivorsswindon.com   Help to adult male survivors of child sexual abuse and adult sexual assaults, with pages for all survivors of sexual abuse. Training to Agencies. 

SURVIVORS' ANNUAL RALLY AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. For updates on the Annual Rally in central London on 7th August 2010 from 1-5pm click HERE.

SURVIVORS UK  http://www.survivorsuk.co.uk/   Organisation offering support & information on a range of problem areas including male rape.  Offers training. 

TAG (Trauma & Abuse Group), The Willows Centre, 11 Prospect Place, Swindon SN1 3LQ. Network, information, support & training for people working with those who have suffered trauma and abuse.  www.tag-uk.net

Together (formerly MACA)   Tel. 020 7780 7300. 12 Old Street, London EC1V 9BE.  Nationwide organisation offering a wide range of services for those with mental-health needs, including advocacy, support services, care-homes, supported housing, events, training.

The Next Step Counselling  http://www.nextstepcounselling.org  Retreat/Workshops by Mike Lew & Thom Harrigan.  An update of Mike Lew's book 'Victims no Longer'  for male abuse survivors was published in April 2004.


A wide range of Links are listed on the Links Page at PCCS Books

DABS National and Regional Resource Directory is now online at

BOOKS AND LINKS - Mental Health & getting the right help

'Selfwatching: Addictions, Habits, Compulsions: what to do about them' by Ray Hodgson & Peter Miller

Dorothy Rowe's books on many subjects to do with human emotions and relationships (some available cheaply secondhand at www.amazon.co.uk or you can see them in book stores)

'Madness Explained: Psychosis and Human Nature' by Richard P. Bentall & Aaron T. Beck
'Manufacturing Victims: What the Psychology Industry is doing to People' by Tana Dineen
'House of Cards: Psychology and Psychotherapy Built on Myth' by Robyn M. Dawes
'Therapy Culture' by Frank Furedi
'The Myth of the Chemical Cure' by Joanna Moncrieff
'The Myth of Mental Illness' by Thomas S. Szasz

'Broken Boundaries, Stories of betrayal in relationships of Care' by Sarah Richardson, Melanie Cunningham et al.

'Shouldn't I be Feeling Better by Now?' ed. by Yvonne Bates

'Fish in a Barrel' by Grace Towers

'Sexual Abuse by Health Professionals' by P. Susan Penfold

'Out of Bounds: Sexual Exploitation in Counselling and Therapy' by Dr Janice Russell

'Patients as Victims: Sexual Abuse in Psychotherapy and Counselling' by Derek Jehu

'Breach of Trust: Sexual Exploitation by Health Care Professionals and Clergy' ed. John C. Gonsiorek

'Falling for Therapy: Psychotherapy from a Client's Point of View' by Anna Sands

'Boundaries and Boundary Violations in Psychoanalysis' by Gen O. Gabbard, Eva P. Lester

Talking Cure - useful information & links relevant for the UK at:
www.talkingcure.co.uk (site of Dr Douglas McFadzean & associates)

'The Americanization of Mental Illness' article by Ethan Watter, New York Times, 8 January 2010 www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/magazine/10psyche-t.html?pagewanted=all

'Citizens Advice Handbook: Practical Independent Advice' Penguin paperback C.A.B.
'Your Rights: the Liberty Guide to Human Rights' by Megan Addis & Penelope Morrow
'Advocacy Skills for Health & Social Care Professionals' by Neil Bateman
'Getting to Yes: Negotiating an Agreement Without Giving In' by Roger Fisher & William Ury
'From Conflict to Co-operation: How to Mediate a Dispute' by Dr Beverly Potter

'No Smoke: the Shocking Truth about British Justice' by Sandra Lean
'Rethinking Miscarriages of Justice: Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg'  by Dr Michael Naughton

CAB - Civil Rights in England  www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_rights/civil_rights.htm
LIBERTY (Civil Liberties/Human Rights) - http://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk

JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION:  http://www.jrf.org.uk  ::  JRF LINKS - http://www.jrf.org.uk/links
JRF REPORT APRIL 2008 on social issues affecting individuals - http://www.socialevils.org.uk


SAMARITANS - http://www.samaritans.org - REPORT ON WORKPLACE BULLYING available in Word or pdf format: http://www.samaritans.org/media_centre/latest_press_releases/workplace_bullying_rife.aspx

More Organisations relevant to some of these are on the General Links Page


The following is a direct link to reviews at Amazon on 'Second Thoughts' by Dr Paul Simpson, a therapist who came to believe that the type of help he offered clients led to confusion and false allegations. He founded Project Middle Ground in America to open up dialogue between his clients and family members whom they accused of abuse. In view of the success often encountered, it is mentioned in the hopes that something similar may be attempted in the UK. People similarly affected can check the comments made and see how they apply to their own lives, either as accusers or as accused individuals: http://www.amazon.com/Second-Thoughts-Paul-Simpson/product-reviews/0785274189. Further information is at http://www.equip.org/articles/second-thoughts-about-recovered-memories

Various academics at UK universities have written papers about bridging what might seem an impossible divide. Sadly people tend to fight a particular corner, but Dr Simpson showed that it is possible to try for a middle ground, with some considerable effect. Several books shedding light on how some misunderstandings could have arisen have been written in America since 1995. It seems a pity to let all of that, plus what has been achieved in the UK, remain unattended for the most part. Perhaps Dr Simpson's approach of working with families involved in the controversy is not directly applicable in the UK, but that does not mean there may not be an alternative approach that suits our culture.

A Middle Ground: Mediation or Reconciliation?

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Large bookshops have sections relating to Psychology, Self-Help, Child Abuse, Social Work. There are more books nowadays written in plain language, both by people who have experienced childhood abuse themselves, and by people who help Survivors of abuse, giving useful information in a non-threatening way. You can search on the Internet for books and information, and work towards something to suit you.  Many Websites which you can reach via the Links Pages on this Site, also list useful books.


www.dabsbooks.co.uk Mail order books on a wide range of survivor issues plus online Resource Directory
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www.amazon.com (USA Amazon Books - If you have a credit/debit card you will be charged in your own currency and their service to the UK is normally good.

To search for books of interest, enter the name of the author, or words from the book title.
Try to find information and help which suits you personally.

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