the free psychotherapy network

free psychotherapy for people on low incomes and benefits

FPN regional groups: plans for local networks

We are in the process of organising a number of regional meetings this Autumn to encourage and support the building of a network of local FPN groups in parts of … Continue reading

August 3, 2015

Therapists: how to join the network

If you are a therapist and would like to join the FPN, we ask simply that you share our commitment  to  providing free or very low fee open-ended therapy to people on low incomes. See the … Continue reading

August 3, 2015

Recovery In The Bin – Letter to Luciana Berger

Please take the time to read and support this letter from a User Led Mental Health Activist Facebook Group campaigning for social justice and equality . Attached are the Recovery In … Continue reading

June 22, 2015

The privatisation of mental health: how good services are turning in favour of the rich

by Elizabeth Cotton, Middlesex University The Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England, recently produced a sobering report about the crisis in mental … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

MHRN Open Letter on Streatham Jobcentre protest 26th June: coercive CBT to get welfare claimants “back to work”


June 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Facing psychological coercion and manipulation has become a daily part of claiming benefits

Felicity Callard, Durham University and Robert Stearn, Birkbeck, University of London Curing unemployment is a growth market for psychologists. Job Centres are becoming medical centres, claimants are becoming patients, and … Continue reading

June 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Turn illness into weapon: Mental distress from a Socialist perspective Bruce Scott

This article was written as a response (partly) to an article that came to my attention that was posted on the Common Space website[1] concerning “mental health”[2]. It is laudable … Continue reading

June 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Recovery In The Bin

This User Led group is for MH survivors and supporters who are fed up with the way colonised ‘recovery’ is being used to discipline and control those who are trying … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 3 Comments

Middle Class Solutions To Working Class Problems Is Why Charities Like MIND Keep Getting It So Wrong

Originally posted by johnny void 13th February 2015 Iain Duncan Smith must be pissing himself.  A report released at the end of last year by mental health charity MIND could not have gone … Continue reading

March 5, 2015

There it is – poem by Jayne Cortez

THERE IT IS And if we don’t fight if we don’t resist if we don’t organize and unify and get the power to control our own lives Then we will … Continue reading

February 13, 2015

What’s wrong with psychiatry and how we might change things

British psychologist Gary Sidley and US reforming psychiatrist Peter Breggin discuss Gary’s journey of disillusionment with the NHS “mental health” establishment, and then freely indulge their thoughts and fantasies about what an … Continue reading

January 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Happiness and the capture of subjectivity

The Happiness Movement and the capture of subjectivity I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~ J.D. Salinger              
 In … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Mental Health Charter – the Social Work Action Network

A Charter for Mental Health Mental health services have reached a crisis point. The problems are so acute that even the government itself has been forced to acknowledge them. In … Continue reading

November 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Group Analysis Therapy – a therapy for our time?

Much of what we know about groups and the power of group therapy we can ascribe to the pioneering work of W.R Bion and S.H Foulkes, during and after the … Continue reading

August 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Replacing mental health diagnosis with understanding real people and the difficulties of everyday life

Eric Maisel writes: And who isn’t in the middle of calamity? Forget about world wars. What is it like for the quarter million women diagnosed with breast cancer each year … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment