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Dolly Sen is a writer, director, artist, filmmaker, poet, performer, playwright, mental health consultant, music-maker and public speaker. She has 8 published books since 2002; has taken on performance roles at The Young Vic, the Royal Festival Hall, and around Europe; undertaken a poetry tour; won a poetry award from Poet Laureate Andrew Motion; directed two plays and several TV films; and performed spoken word at City Hall and Oxford University.

THE CONFERENCE YESTERDAY

28 October 2008

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I spoke at the BME mental health survivor 'Doing it for Ourselves' conference yesterday. The whole conference was so inspiring and I met a lot of amazing people. I don't know why some people think those with mental health difficulties are weak, because all I see is strength and resilience. Anyways, I talked about strength in one of the talks I did. Here is part of it: So you go to the psychiatrist and they give you a label. Schizophrenia? Manic Depression? You become a set of symptoms. You...

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MAD ABOUT FILM?

20 October 2008

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I am lucky to have received a small pot of money from Mental Health Media's Open Up Campaign to make some films about mental health discrimination.

Do you have a story you want told, either in drama or documentary form, about mental health discrimination?

Do you want to learn about film, get training and work experience on a film shoot?

Drop me a line at dollysen70@hotmail.com and I will contact you.

Love Dollyx

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DOING IT FOR OURSELVES EVENT

16 October 2008

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DOING IT FOR OURSELVES EVENT

Now Mental Health Week is over I can rest for a minute or two before going on to the next thing. Thanks everyone who came to hear me speak. You inspired me more than you will ever know.

The next event I will be speaking at is at THE DOING IT FOR OURSELVES BME EVENT. I will be offering practical ways you can reclaim your life from distress. The details are below. Later xxx

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GREAT ESCAPE BEDPUSH

7 October 2008

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psychiatric patient on a flying bed

World Mental Health Day Protest: Demanding Alternatives to ‘Chemical Cosh’ Psychiatric Treatment WHEN: 1pm, Friday 10th October 2008 WHERE: St Ann’s Hospital, Tottenham N15 3rd WHY: On the 10th of October 2008, World Mental Health Day, a group of campaigners will symbolically escape St Ann’s Psychiatric Hospital in Tottenham. Dressed in pyjamas we will go ‘on the run’ and push a psychiatric bed across North London to Parliament Hill. The Crazy Bed Pushers...

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BLACK HISTORY MONTH MENTAL HEALTH EVENT

4 October 2008

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Hey guys, forgive my previous october ramblings. Although I like to work 100 hours a week, 100 hours and 15 minutes is just too much, and delusions of wotsitism came into being. Well, it wasn't a delusion actually more like feeling like a wotsit. Anyways, back to business. I am doing a speaking engagement at a Black History Month Mental Health Event in Streatham. Here are the details: Programme for World Mental Health Day and Black History Month, Monday October 6th. 2.00 to 4.30pm. 2.00pm...

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FLEETING THOUGHT

1 October 2008

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If any of my books get featured on the Richard and Judy Book Club, somebody please take me out and shoot me.

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