In this section of the website you can find out about a range of events and news taking place around the Trust and in our local communities. If you have an event you would like us to advertise please get in touch: e-mail or phone Carol Stevenson on 020 3228 2441

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Friday 16 February, 6.30pm

Objects of Obsession (with the Royal Academy)
As part of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary celebrations, Cornelia Parker will take part in a conversation with broadcaster and RA artistic director Tim Marlow about her chosen Object of Obsession: ‘Sketch of an Idea for Crazy Jane’ by Richard Dadd from the Bethlem Museum of the Mind collection. Cornelia will explore the reasons why Dadd’s painting holds a personal meaning and relevance to her artistic process. The encounter will be filmed and streamed live to art fans across the globe.
Cornelia Parker RA is well known for her large scale, often site specific, installations. She works in a variety of media and has collaborated with institutions such as HM Customs & Excise, Royal Armouries, Madame Tussauds, The British Library and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2010.
This event will be filmed and streamed live and cannot be booked.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

and online

Saturday 17 February, 1 to 4pm

Mental Health Awareness Forum for Black Led Church Leaders
For Black Led Church Leaders in Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark and Croydon.
The event will be hosted by:
• Rev. Bishop (NTCG)
• Patrick Vernon (Director of Black Thrive)
• Juney Muhammed, Director of Spiritual and Pastoral Care in Mental Health (SLAM).
Refreshments and lunch included
Click here for flyer. To attend please contact Kathleen on 02032281688 and email for further information.

New Testament Church of God (NTCG) Lambeth Road, Brixton, London, SW2 5BB

Wednesday 21 February, 5.30 to 7.30pm

Elephants (Fragile)
Launch of our writer-in-residence David Gilberts’ latest pamphlet: Elephants (Fragile) published by Cinnamon Press.
The humane poems in Elephants (Fragile) chronicle a journey through mental illness, including takes on the workings of the mind, family dynamics during breakdown, love in a psychiatric unit, the wobbliness of healing and the hours spent crying in toilets.
Come and enjoy a drink before David Gilbert and poet Joanne Stryker give readings at 6pm. Afterwards you’ll get the opportunity to explore the latest exhibition at Bethlem Gallery.
Please arrive early if you require a seat as seating is limited, standing room available.
Book tickets here
Buy Elephants (Fragile) here

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

Friday 23 February, 10.45am to 5pm

Focus group for BME mental health service users who have experienced detention under the Mental Health Act
National Survivor User Network is facilitating a focus group in London which will inform the current Review of the Mental Health Act which could lead to changes in mental health law. It is particularly important that BME mental health service users get their voice heard in view of their high rates of detention under the Act.
There will be refreshments and lunch available. A £15 honorarium will be given to recognise people's input, plus reasonable travel costs.
For further details and to register, contact Raza Griffiths, NSUN London Co-ordinator, on or ring 07737 647 445

Near Oxford Circus in central London

Friday 23 February, 4 to 6pm

Join the Conversation
Southwark Mental Health Carers Forum
To receive information and updates please contact:
Matthew McKenzie, SLaM Carer Consultant on 07881 301 059 or
Check the website

Southwark Carers, 3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church, 54 Camberwell Road, London SE5 0EN

Saturday 24 February, 11am (prompt)

Bethlem History Walk
Join us for a walk around the stunning grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital with artist Matthew in collaboration with our partners, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Find out about the history of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the original ‘Bedlam’ after it moved to Beckenham in 1930. We ask what used to be here before the hospital? Is Monks Orchard anything to do with monks? What flora and fauna do we have now and why?
Strong footwear is advised as it may be muddy in places and be prepared for rain or shine! Please book on-line, tickets are £3, concessions also available.
Walks begin at 11am and last approximately 1 hour and start in the Bethlem Gallery. We will set off promptly so please arrive a little early to be sure not to miss us.
020 3228 4101,

Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3BX

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