2nd April 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Create, Relate, Celebrate!

Co-Design to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Bank Holiday Monday we will be open from 12-6 pm so if you don’t always get the chance to visit but have the day free we’d be delighted to see you! There is a day full of creative activity including the first session of this month’s Bidean Co-Design Workshops at 2 pm. Discover more about who Bidean are and also consider the question, what is design?

This month we invite you to Create, Relate, Celebrate! as we’ll be hosting the launch of David Russell’s new poetry collection An Ever River on the 16th, but also will be celebrating St George’s Day and the 250th Dragon Cafe on Monday 23rd! More on both of these to follow.

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26th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Personal Body / Systemic Body: Heterotopias of mental health care – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday in our final RE:CREATE Psychiatry event for Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed we will ask what role does space, environment, and setting play in the experience of mental health service use?

We will unpick the ways in which spatial hierarchies are deployed to enshrine roles and stereotypes within clinical settings, and ask what positive impacts can these spatial settings be made to have on the therapeutic encounter? All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome to an openhearted discussion that will include a workshop with Dr Laura McGrath, University of East London, and performances by The Dragon Café Singers.

Among our full day of wellbeing activities we will welcome fairer weather with the first of our Walking-Works at 12.30 – 2 pm. Join Jane from Narativ for a local stroll to stretch your legs, and open up your mind and senses to the pleasures of a journey on foot.

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19th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Fake News and the NHS – a modern hysteria? – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday in our series of RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed the focus will be on how the current climate of politicised media manipulation and ‘alternative facts’ affects us. What impact does the political climate have on personal wellbeing and collective mental health? And how does this affect our relationship with society and our healthcare service?

Following a film preview of Brexit means Brexit! a new contemporary dance piece commissioned by PS/Y, you are invited to join an openhearted discussion with guest speakers Victoria Tischler, Professor of Arts and Health, Head of the Dementia Care Centre, University of West London, and Lauren Gavaghan, psychiatrist, activist, and RE:CREATE Psychiatry founding member. All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

Please note that Football-Works will be at a slightly later time than usual this week of 3 pm. All welcome for a friendly kick around. Bring trainers and some water.

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12th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Unreliable Narrator: Hysterical Woman, Manned up Man – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We continue our March series of RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed with a focus on gender. What is the relationship between mental health, gender, and language? And what influence does this relationship have on how we are perceived – both in society and in services? Performance artist Ellie Stamp and guest speakers will help structure the discussion, and all mental health professionals and those with lived experience are welcome to contribute.

Earlier in the day you can join any or all of our creative and wellbeing activities including vegan and yeast free Soda Bread Making at 1.45 pm; mindful exercises of self-compassion for heart health with The Heartfulness Project at 2 pm; Dance-Works with Ariella & Renzo at 4 pm; or develop your knowledge of chess with Good Moves at 5 pm.

All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

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Dragon Cafe Programme on the 12th March 2018

5th March 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed.

Being BAME: From colonial hysteria to the post-colonial experiences of mental health service – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This March join us for Hysteria – Contested, Popularised, Diagnosed, a series of openhearted RE:CREATE Psychiatry discussions in collaboration with research, curating and public engagement group PS/Y. This week’s opening event is an exploration of colonial hysteria and post-colonial experiences in Being BAME.

Following a screening of Larry Achiampong’s Relic 1, a film that invites us on a journey of moments – of constructed and yet familiar feelings of otherness – we will collectively unpick notions of colonial hysteria to ask how should we examine post-colonial identity and minority overrepresentation? What is it like being BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) in mental health services today?

All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.

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26th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Compassion – the Secret Superpower – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday is the final session in this series of Mindfulness in Motion with Tamara Russell and the focus is on ‘compassion’. Try some mindful movements and hear how being gentle in body and mind can be the key to greater wellbeing. Earlier in the afternoon be part of our Collaborative Canvas Art Afternoon as we create together, and then we’ll ease towards the end of the month with a Chilled Evening.

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19th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Mindful Movements – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
This Monday you can take some Fresh Steps on food waste, movement and indeed being still. Sara will share some resourceful ideas on eating healthily while fighting food waste in our Food Demo at 2.15 pm. A double delight with Mindful Dance at 3 pm and Mindfulness in Motion at 5 pm – this week focusing on the Habits of Mind. We then focus on being still and allowing the healing sounds of a Gong and Gamelan Bath flow over and through us at 7 pm.

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12th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Good together – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
Join us on Monday for a menu of delights with a couple of extras on the side. Our wonderful Chef Alice will be sharing a healthy and low cost way to enjoy Peas 3 Ways at 2.30 pm in our Food Demo. In the evening at 7 pm we will be giving a Dragon Café premiere to Good Together, a collaborative film project between MacMillan Cancer Support, Open Cinema, and the Mental Health Foundation that features several Dragon Café patrons sharing tips on what they do to enhance their mental well being.

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5th February 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Fresh Steps

Fresh Steps, New Approaches – this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café.
We move into a new month and offer a day full of ideas and activities to stay social, active and well. Learn some new Board Games for Wellbeing at 2 pm with Cakes and Ladders in a relaxed and social atmosphere. Try Nia Technique with Phillipa at 4 pm in Dance Works. You are welcome to join Tamara Russell at 5 pm for Mindfulness in Motion, this week focusing on ‘Attention’. As with all of our activities no previous experience is required, all welcome. In the evening from 7 pm Jennifer Taylor will be sharing her approach to Natural Holistic Therapy including insights to her practice and some gentle exercises.

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29th January 2018

This Month at The Dragon Café – Me, My Brain and I: Sensation, Intention, Creation

Me, My Brain and I, this Monday 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café. A day full of creative & wellbeing groups, great food and imagination. All welcome!

For this last day of “Me, My Brain and I”, Guest Curated with Claire Berna, we will present some of the most remarkable abilities of the brain to sense, set intention and create.

At 2 pm join John Foley to explore our wonderful sense of smell in Scent Event; Tai Chi returns at 3 pm and at 5 pm we take the next step in Tamara Russell’s Mindfulness in Motion 5 week course with a focus on ‘Intention’.

For our evening event at 7 pm we will taking a look, and listen, at Music and the Brain – what’s happening in Music Therapy? with Julian O’Kelly from Queen Mary University of London. A stimulating day all round!

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 29th January 2018