Psychology in the Real World is an umbrella term under which a number of groups, courses and ventures have taken place in Shropshire, and increasingly nationwide, over the past decade. Rather than bringing people together because they have a shared problem or diagnosis, Psychology in the Real World ventures bring people together who have a shared interest. For example: Understanding Ourselves and Others brings together people who are interested in exploring a variety of theories about people’s behaviour; The Black Dog and Bipolar Explorers enable people to critique ideas about depression and manic-depression; Toxic Mental Environments brings people together who want to analyse the social causes of distress and try and bring about social change; Thinking about Medication and Out of the Box attracts people who want to discuss a wide range of issues about medication and support each other in coming off psychiatric drugs; Walk and Talk enables participants to access the benefits of being in the countryside. Women in the Real World enables women from various cultural backgrounds to discuss women in society and women's mental health whilst critiquing the influence of different systems on women's lives (including media, local and national agencies, and others around us); Film club does likewise regarding watching films at a local cinema and discussing their relevance to our lives afterwards in the pub; This is Madness brings people together who want to critique and bring about change in mental health services.
Various resources used in the groups can be found on pages describing the groups and in The Resources and Other Articles Section. Please feel free to download and use these and anything else you find on the website. The aim of the website is to help people to set up groups.
Latest Film Club Poster:
Film Club for May - Monday 14th May
Film Club For June - Monday 25th June.
Walk and Talk 2018 Poster runs every Thursday setting off at 11am from Frankwell car park by footbridge in Shrewsbury for further information see poster.
Latecomers win Pub Quiz Fundraiser
Two latecomers won a psychology in the real world pub quiz aimed at raising money for The Shrewsbury Ark, our local homelessness charity, having called themselves ‘The Late’ as they arrived after the start. John and Nicky Fraser had been busy at work – tree surgeon John had been pruning a yew tree in Belle Vue whilst Nicky was preparing her shop ‘Loam’ for its opening at Maws Craft Centre in Ironbridge – but they quickly caught up with the ten other teams competing for the first prize. Over 40 people attended the quiz at The Olde Bucks Head on Monday 9th April, many bringing prizes for the raffle, and over £250 was raised for The Ark.
Shrewsbury, like virtually all British towns, has a significant number of rough sleepers and homeless people, many of whom have suffered traumatic experiences in their past and whilst on the streets, and many of whom are struggling with mental health difficulties. All the people who came along, including several people from the Walk and Talk and Filmclub groups, enjoyed a fun evening whilst doing something constructive to help The Ark continue its work.
John And Nicky with their first prize
Zounish Rafique is leaving her NHS post in Shropshire and about to start work in Dumfriesshire. She co-facilitated Filmclub from 2011 onwards, having first attended Filmclub before starting work in Shropshire. She came on many Walk and Talks and set up a Walk and Talk group in Telford. She also co-facilitated Thinking about Medication and Women in the Real World groups, again both in Telford, which were highly thought of. She will be sorely missed. Dumfries Psychology Department are keen for her to pursue her interests in community-based groupwork so there are opportunities for psychology in the real world to spread to that part of Scotland. We wish her all the best for the future.
If anyone wants to help Nicki Evans and Guy Holmes run Filmclub in Shrewsbury please get in touch, either directly or via the website.
Guy Holmes has been recently made a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, after being nominated by the President of the British Psychological Society. Others made Fellow of the Academy this year include the labour market economist Lord Layard and Guardian journalist and campaigner Gary Younge, as well as the psychologists Peter Fonagy and David Clark.
Announcing the conferment, Professor Roger Goodman FAcSS, Chair of the Academy, said:
“I am delighted that we have been able to confer a Fellowship on all these eminent social scientists. It is particularly gratifying to include a larger number of economists, policy makers and practitioners on this occasion. This is a result of our work to see representation from these areas increased to maintain balances between the individual disciplines and between academics and those working in the policy and practice communities.”