BRC in the Community

BRC in the Community: Events celebrating mental health research

Mental health research is at our heart. 

Our community of South East London residents, patients, carers, students, community groups and the public are essential to this work. They support us not only by taking part in clinical trials but help shape our research and its translation into treatment through working with our researchers and clinicians.

Our BRC in the Community week of events will celebrate the amazing collaborations between us and our community, as well as engaging more people with the importance of mental health research.

Projects showcased at events will range from spoken word performance, to art displays from autistic artists, to a film about promoting mental health through social media. Our projects engage people from different age groups, genders, backgrounds and types of neurodiversity with the benefits of mental health research.

For more information about BRC in the Community please contact curator Dr Sally Marlow, or Alex Booth and Serena Rianjongdee

Showcase at Peckham Levels 

On Wednesday 1 April all of our projects will be exhibiting at Peckham Levels, F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST from 18:00 - 20:00.  

Come along to see snippets of each of our amazing projects punctuated by performances from our SWITCH Spoken Word project. This event is open to everyone and will give you the opportunity to learn more about mental health research at the BRC, talk to researchers and academics, and meet the amazing artists and performers behind our projects. 

Event Timetable

WORD UP PROJECT (Spoken Word in the Community Hub)

Are you creative, passionate and ready to make your voice heard? Want the opportunity to develop your writing skills and then grab the mic centre stage? THEN THE WORD UP PROJECT IS LOOKING FOR YOU!

A new spoken word project and showcase for young people aged 15-25; Absolutely FREE! Open to all abilities. Join in to exchange words, write pieces, examine thoughts and prepare to perform in celebration of National Poetry Month on 1st April.

When and where: Monday 2 March, Monday 9 March, Monday 16 March. All at Peckham Levels, F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST

To get involved: Email Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe OR Jemilea Wisdom

Breaking the Barriers between Academia and Offenders

This event will open conversation with offenders and probation officers about current research being done into this field, as well as discussing past participant experiences and getting their views on current and future research.

The event would be held within the main probation wellbeing hub in Southwark, to best engage both service users and probation officers. By attending service user forums we will engage the offender population in the planning and execution of our event.

When and where: 11.00-13.00, Thursday 26 March, Southwark Probation Wellbeing Hub (crypts of St George the Martyr)

To get involved: Email Julia and Eleanor at and

Poisoned Polluted

A powerful portrayal of addiction and its consequences, Poisoned Polluted was written by actor Kathryn O’Reilly, and in it she explores the relationship between two sisters, played by herself and Anna Doolan.  This is an emotional and disturbing play, which does not flinch from taking an honest look at addiction itself, but also on the effects it has on the family of the person with an addiction problem. 

The performance will be followed by a conversation, where the actors and stage manager will discuss the work in a panel also including Viv Evans, Chief Executive of the charity Adfam.  

NB there will be a small charge of £6 for tickets to this event. 

When and where: 18:00-20:30, Monday 30 March, Wolfson Lecture Theatre, IoPPN Main Building, 16 De Crespigny Park, Camberwell, London SE5 8AB

To get involved: 

Promoting Men’s Mental Health Through Social Media

A short film to create more positive discussions and perceptions around men’s mental health.  

When and where: Showcase at Peckham Levels

To get involved: coming soon

Artistic & Autistic

There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK - which means more than 1 in 100. People from all nationalities and cultural, religious and social backgrounds can be autistic. This project invites autistic artists to promote awareness and improve the conduct and communication of our research. 

They aim to engage in a “two-way dialogue with the autistic population” bringing together artistic and scientific disciplines, generating an inclusive platform, educating the general public as well as professionals involved in autism research.

When and where: Showcase at Peckham Levels and all week in the Reception of IoPPN Main Building, 16 De Crespigny Park, Camberwell, London SE5 8AB

To get involved: No need to register, just turn up!

Depression and anxiety: a conversation with the local community

The Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study is a project set up to support studies exploring risk factors for depression and/or anxiety. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders worldwide. This study aims to better understand depression and anxiety in order to find effective treatments and improve the lives of people experiencing these disorders.

They will work with a variety of local charities, churches, secondary schools and mental health groups to combine expertise and resources with co-hosted events across South-East London engaging with diverse populations and ages

To get involved:

When and where: 30 March – 3 April 2020

To get involved: coming soon

Beyond the blog: Using Creativity to Talk About Mental Health

A two-day event to inspire creative approaches for talking about mental health effectively and truthfully.

Targeted to activists, artists, aspiring journalists and people with lived experience, the course will have interactive lessons and practical sessions led by experienced tutors and will cover photography, public speaking, blog writing, and podcasting.

When and where: 08.45–17.00, Monday 30 March and 08.45–17.00, Tuesday 31 March, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG, followed by an informal drinks reception from 17.00-20.00, Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS.

To get involved:

Dementia in the Black and Asian community - Dementia research awareness day

This day aims to engage with the Black and Asian communities in order to raise awareness of dementia and current/future research.

This project hopes that this day will provide the community with dementia knowledge and increase diverse representation within research as a way of ensuring that all future research is as inclusive and diverse.

When and where: 12.00-15.00, Wednesday 1 April 2020, The Barn, The Green Man, 355 Bromley Road, London SE6 2RP

To get involved: Email Kamara at

Soothsayers Performance

Nu Afrobeat and Dub Brixton-based band the Soothsayers are currently Artists in Residence at the NIHR Maudsley BRC, where they have been working with researchers, clinicians and service users to explore the relationship between music and mental health. 

This performance celebrates that residency with a wide-ranging programme of music which will make you smile, think, and most importantly of all, dance.   

When and where: 20:00-22:00, Friday 3 April, Bush House (Strand Campus), 30 Aldwych, London WC2B 4BG

To get involved: No need to register, just turn up!