Personality Disorder Short Questionnaire

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Personality Disorder Short Questionnaire

 

We would be extremely grateful if those of you with a diagnosis of PD could fill out this short questionnaire.

Deadline for completion is 31st December 2017
 
The questions here are taken from the nationwide PD online survey hosted by the National Service User Network (NSUN) and builds on recent workshops that we have held with service users.
 
We would like to feed this information back to our commissioners, HPFT and NSUN.
 
We really want to know your experiences and needs so that people with a diagnosis of PD feel heard and get the services that help them. We will put the results of this survey on the Viewpoint website
www.hertsviewpoint.co.uk in the New Year
 

Please click here to go to the survey

 

Thank you.

Viewpoint Administrator

 

 
 

NSUN bulletin 11th Dec 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11 December 2017 - coproduction, community initiatives
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Monday 11 December 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
Alongside general mental health news, this week's edition shares updates concerning co-produced projects and community initiatives.
 
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NSUN news 
 
As we near the end of the year we will be packing up our office in Vauxhall ready for a move in the New Year. Vauxhall has been our home for nearly 10 years so it will be sad to leave.
 
The disruption of the move may result in reduced communications and availability over the next month so we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience. We will of course continue to send the ebulletin so please do let us know if you have news that you would like included. 
 
Article ImageLaunch of the new Mental Health Policy Research Unit for England 
 
 
 
Dr Sarah Carr, NSUN Vice-Chair, was a member of the Mental Health Question Time event that launched the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit 29 November. The event was streamed live and can be viewed on YouTube here. Sarah was asked to respond to the question 'The task between policy and evidence gap involves academics informing policy makers of relevant and abjective findings. There is not much of a role for public engagement and service user involvement or is there? 
 
The policy research unit is hosted at UCL, jointly led by UCL and King’s College London, alongside researchers from City, University of London and Middlesex University. It is funded at a cost of £5m for five years. See advert below for a Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator.
 
Following the launch of the unit the Framework for Mental Health Research, which sets out 10 recommendations to improve the impact of mental health research over the next decade, was announced. The Framework was funded by NIHR, Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council, MQ and the Alliance of Mental Health Research. The recommendations include  a focus on prevention and early intervention, increased patient and public engagement, user-led research and stronger connections between physical and mental health research.
 
The framework has been published in response to a recommendation in the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in 2016 and representatives of the main funders will meet this month to discuss the recommendations.
 
Selected blogs 
 
Stop Shock Now: Psychiatry’s War Against Women and the Elderly - Don Weitz dedicates this blog 'to all electroshock and psychiatric survivors' 
 
Real People, Real Side Effects: Stories of Sexual Dysfunction - Research shows that psychiatric drugs seem to have an impact on libido says Jhilmil Breckenridge
 
Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator 
Work with a new mental health policy research unit
 
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Employer: UCL / Division UCL Division of Psychiatry
Grade:
6
Hours:
Part Time
Hours per week (%FTE):
14.6 (40% FTE)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance):
£30,316 per annum pro rata
Closing Date:
7 Jan 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications:
23:59
Interview date:
29 Jan 2018
 
Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Health is setting up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit, run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
 
They are seeking to recruit a Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator for the Unit. The post holder will manage public involvement activity within the unit, under the direction of the PPI Lead and the Unit Directors. This will include organising a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) of mental health service users and carers, making links with other PRU advisors, user- and carer-led groups nationally, and contributing to writing up and publicising the work of the unit for a wide audience.
 
This part time post (2 days a week) is funded until 31st August 2022 in the first instance.
 
Key Requirements
Applicants will need some previous experience of coordinating service user and carer involvement, ideally in a mental health research context. They will also need personal experience of using mental health services, or experience of supporting a close friend or family member who has used or uses mental health services.
 
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
 
How do you cope with Christmas? 
Xmas blues
 
 
A BBC team is looking to make three films about coping with the christmas period.
 
The team would like to know whether you'd like to discuss:

 
1. How to get through the office christmas party if you're feeling anxious/ down / unwell. People who have coping tips specific to their own mental health. What can you do to take the pressure off yourself, to make it easier? What should you avoid? Are there clever tricks or tips?

2. Experiences of sensory overload because of a mental illness: do you find the noise, colour and social aspects of Christmas difficult? Particularly the Christmas shop. How do you cope?

3. Depression or loneliness at new year. Big moments in the year can feel more difficult when you're unwell or alone. The team is looking to speak to people who be experiencing this at new year and talk to them about how they plan to spend it. The team is hoping for the film to be in someway uplifting - perhaps people who relish the peace or who have found a way to meet new people at new years.
 
The BBC team is keen to hear from you this week (early December).
 
For an initial conversation, please contact:
india.rakusen@bbc.co.uk  02036140978 
If you end up agreeing on being filmed, the team would travel to a location of your convenience.
 
Calling young film makers based in the North West of England 
Are you an aspiring young film maker, based in the North West and / or able to travel to Manchester in January?
young film makersThe organisation Disabled Living would like to talk to young people (14-25 years) who have a disability or additional needs and would like to be involved in making a film by interviewing older disabled people about their experiences when they were children.
 
Disabled Living are looking for six young people, ideally living in the North West of England and who are able to travel to Manchester for two days on 13 and 14 January 2018 to make the film.
 
This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
For further information contact Debra Evans 0161 607 8200 or
 
Mental health booklet by Wirral survivors 
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A group of service users on the Wirral have got together to produce a booklet on mental health. Comprising of artwork, prose and poetry, the booklet proves to be a fascinating insight into what it is to live with and overcome mental health problems.
 
First conceived in late 2012, the project has involved talking to and collaborating with a number of local mental health organisations. Artwork was also collected at a local mental health hospital as well as from highly regarded artists in the local area.
 
The booklet also features a feel-good playlist from ex Coral guitarist Bill Ryder Jones and a cartoon from Calmzine illustrator Chris Sav. Funds for the project were gathered by applying for a local community fund which we were successful in obtaining in Spring 2016.
 
The project's second booklet was printed in early 2017 and has been distributed over the last 6 months in the Wirral and Liverpool areas in cafes, barbers, pharmacies to name but a few! To have a look for yourself, find a link to the booklet here
 
If you'd like to let the team know what you think, please get in touch with them at beyondrecovery2012@gmail.com.
 
Pick your top 10 questions about using digital technology for mental health 
 
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MindTech Digital MHQ Project want to hear from people with mental health problems, supporter/carers for others with mental health problems and health and social care professionals. This is their second survey giving people the opportunity to direct future research into digital technologies for mental health.
 
The aim of this project is to prioritise areas for future research which people with direct experience of mental health problems think are the most important. It’s about making sure the researchers and research funders focus on the right questions. If you would like to show which questions are the most important to you, complete the survey here.
 
To find out more about the project, visit the website.
 
Book launch: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology 
 
race matters in mental health Suman Fernando's latest book - Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health, launches in January.
 
Date: 17 January 2018
Time: 16:45 - 19:00
Venue: The Henry Thomas Room, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB 
 
Chaired by John Gabriel: Senior Professor, London Metropolitan University.
Speakers: Colin King: Mental health survivor researcher and practitioner, Football coach; Former teacher at Lambeth College for Further Education and Yvonne Christie: Activist in the field of Black mental health and race equality.
 
To book a free place please visit here.
 
Mental health single advertised on television 
 
Article Image Peter Hirst, from Leicester, and his band Refuge recorded the single to aid the #rethinkyourmind project. There was piece done for BBC Leicester Facebook which moved to BBC East Midlands to BBC England and now to BBC Health and Lifestyle.
 
You can take a look at the promo video on BBC Leicester.
 
The project also featured on BBC East Midlands during the first week end of December.
 
Community newspaper needs to prove commercial viability 
 
Tottenham area Tottenham Community Press was launched in November 2016 and has just published its 7th bi-monthly issue. Tottenham is one of a growing number of areas in the UK with no dedicated local newspaper.

As the London Assembly noted a couple of months, this decline in local news is 'undermining democracy':

Community newspapers are a social enterprise alternative - combining the input of paid professional journalists with local volunteering to produce high quality independent publications dedicated to supporting the local community and ensuring that all voices are heard, not just those of the richest and most powerful. Tottenham Community Press is still at the stage where it needs to prove it can be commercially viable.

That is why a crowdfunder has been launched.
If the full target of £15,000 is reached, Tottenham Community Press will be able to move from bi-monthly to monthly publication in early 2018.
Any contributions will help to sustain the paper to the point where it is able to sustain itself.

Please get in touch with publisher David Floyd at Social Spider if you have any questions.
Office: 020 8521 7956
Mobile: 07789 778 085
Email: davidatsocialspider@gmail.com
 
Positive Mental Health Group - Birmingham 
 
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The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull. Your chance to share information, news and views with statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups - and individual users/carers/staff. 
 
Join one of the biggest mental health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up - no need to book. Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments and a chance to chat and catch up.
 
 
Date: Tuesday 19th December -
Time: 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Cafe, 38 - 40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham city centre B1 1EQ
 
Mental Health & Money Advice - Rethink 
 
Article ImageRethink Mental Illness has launched Mental Health & Money Advice. It is the first UK-wide advice service dedicated to supporting people affected by mental health and money issues including carers, friends, families and professionals within the area.
 
Four million people in the UK have both mental health and money problems, and a further four million are at risk because they’re having financial difficulties. Together these issues can create a worrying cycle that can lead to problems with relationships, work and housing. While there are many excellent debt advice services available, this service can offer mental health support alongside advice.
 
Learn more about the service here and watch a video about the service here.
 
Healthcare UK (UCUK) forthcoming mental health events 
 
HCUK NSUN members can benefit from a 20% discount is available by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.
 
NSUN's Emma Ormerod is speaking at the Electronic Prescribing in Mental Health event, 23 February.
 
For a full list of mental health events and master classes please take a look here.
 
Report: embedding a culture of quality improvement 
 
embedding a culture of quality improvement he King's Fund report 'embedding a culture of quality improvement' explores the factors that helped five NHS trusts launch and sustain a quality improvement strategy.
 
Quality improvement is a systematic approach to improving health services and the quality of care and outcomes for patients based on iterative change, continuous testing and measurement, and empowerment of frontline teams.
 
For a summary of key points and a publication (PDF) please visit this page
 
Briefing paper: use of force in mental health units 
 
Mental Health Units - use of force bill This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on key provisions in the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19.  
 
The Bill is seeking to make pro vision about the oversight and management of use of force in relation to patients in mental health units and similar settings.
 
The briefing (PDF) is available here.
 
Big Brother photography project 
 
Big Brother Big Brother is an intimate photographic portrayal of photographer Louis Quail's brother Justin’s daily struggle with schizophrenia, to be published as a book in partnership with Dewi Lewis.
 
Justin has been sectioned several times in his life. As we get to know him better through this project, we can see there is more to Justin than just his illness.
 
In order to get the book published, Louis Quail has organised a fundraiser. If you can support him, please pledge here.
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GOV.UK news 
 
Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper 
The consultation will be open until midday on Friday 2 March 2018, and the relevant documents can be found here.
 
NHS England are carrying out a survey which is for children, young people and adults with a learning disability, autism or both, their families and paid carers about people’s experiences of raising concerns and making complaints. Feedback will help with a new project about raising concerns and making complaints called Ask Listen Do. 
 
The survey closes on Friday 12 January 2018.
 
Public Health England
 
Mental health in pregnancy, the postnatal period and babies and toddlers needs assessment reports now integrated with Fingertips: The reports for each local authority and clinical commissioning group bring together information on risk factors and estimates of prevalence for mental health conditions for women during pregnancy and the postnatal period as well as for babies and toddlers. The reports, which were originally developed in 2015, have now been integrated with PHE’s Fingertips tool.
 
New tool on depression in older people: more views needed
We are developing our intelligence tools on depression in older people and we want to hear from more of you about the data and information you need to do your job. By completing our short survey you will be able to influence the products and support that we develop in 2018.
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Viewpoint Annual Survey for Stakeholders 2017

Dear Colleagues and Stakeholders

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We would like to ask you to kindly fill in this short questionnaire on our services.

Viewpoint values your opinions and ideas.

What we really want to know is:

  • What do you know about us?
  • What do you think about us?
  • How we can improve Viewpoint for your client’s benefit?

Please click on to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VPstake2017 to just answer a few quick questions.

Thank you sincerely, to all those who complete our survey.

Hertfordshire Warmer Homes Scheme

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A new scheme that provides free or discounted household improvements to help residents stay warm in their homes has been launched by Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with all 10 district and borough councils. 

In Hertfordshire, over 32,000 households are estimated to live in fuel poverty meaning they do not have enough money to adequately heat their home. Colder temperatures can lead to excess winter deaths. Between August 2013 and July 2016, there were 1795 excess winter deaths in Hertfordshire.

The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme aims to make homes easier and cheaper to heat by offering free or discounted energy efficiency measures, such as insulation and heating repair, or fuel switching advice to low-income and vulnerable households.

The World Health Organisation recommends that homes should be heated to 21°C (70°F) during the day and 18°C (64°F) at night.  This is especially important for those with a young family, the over 75s or those with a long-term health condition, such as respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

The Hertfordshire Warmer Homes scheme will be managed by the National Energy Foundation, using funding from the national Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and some local authority contributions. It will run to 31 October 2018.

Please help us raise awareness of this scheme with the vulnerable residents you are in touch with by publicising it through your own channels.  Anyone can find out more information by contacting HertsHelp on: 0300 123 4044 (local rate) or info@hertshelp.net. Alternatively, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertswarmerhomes

Further information and a communications toolkit to help publicise the campaign is available on the Health in Herts professionals pages

Viewpoint Survey for Supporters 2017

Dear Supporters

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Viewpoint would like to hear your views on our charity.

What we want to know is:

  • What do you know about us?
  • What do you think about us?
  • How can we improve Viewpoint for your benefit?

Please click on this short survey to help us evaluate our service:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VPsurvey2017

Closing date is 2nd Jan 2018.

Please contact us if you require a hard copy of the questionnaire sent to you.

Each annual survey completed will be entered in a raffle for Tesco vouchers. 1st prize = £50, 2nd prize = £25 and 3rd prize = £15

We will provide feedback by the end of Feb 2018.

Thank you very much for your help and involvement.

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HPFT Art Project

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We are looking for more art by people with a lived experience of mental health services or learning disabilities. Please click here for new art application form and guidance. The next closing date is Thursday 18 January 2018.

We particularly want to receive applications from:

- children and young people

- people that haven’t applied before

- people that may have applied before but have no or few pieces in our art collection

If you know anyone that might want to apply and you can help by forwarding or displaying the attached form we would be very grateful. If you want to apply with your own art, please do. Thank you.

Any queries, please contact:

Katie Tyssen
Provision of Visual Arts for HPFT
Tel 07887 778449

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NSUN Bulletin 4th Dec 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 4 December - social Justice, jobs and coping with the festive season
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Monday 4 December 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
This week we have features concerning social justice and human rights. There are also a number of job opportunities and features about coping with the festive season.
 
Sini Lewis
 
 
 
NSUN news 
 
NSUN supports Seni's Law
NSUN supports legislative changes which would lead to mental health hospital ward staff to manage risk in a way that protects all, whilst still promoting dignity and respect. These changes are known as 'Seni's Law', from a young man who sadly died as a consequence of face down restraint. We signed an open letter to the press when 'Seni's Law' was being discussed in Parliament in October. You can find out more about this on the dedicated website here.
 
Survivor History Group 
Last Wednesday, NSUN's Stephanie Taylor King chaired the meeting of the Survivor History Group in Weseley's Chapel in Old St, London. The meeting was really well attended, numbers demonstrating the strength of the group. Next year will be challenging for the Survivor History Group as it has to find new ways to bring survivor historians together.
 
Human Rights Alliance and Repeal Bill Alliance
NSUN is  member of both Alliances, which follow the progress in legislative changes and attempt to ensure fundamental rights we currently have are not lost. The Human Rights Alliance is coordinated by the British Institute of Human RightsThe Repeal Bill Alliance is a hub with a website which you can visit here.
Article ImagePrincipled Ways of Working event 
 
Sarah Yiannoullou from NSUN, chaired the 'Principles Ways of Working' conference' 30.11.17.
 
The day set out to explore some of the issues around peer support 10 years on from peer worker roles being established in the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
 
David Crepaz-Keay, from the Mental Health Foundation, delivered a powerful presentation on the nature of the 'peer relationship' and 'power'.
 
Workshops provided an opportunity for participants to discuss some of the issues in more depth and highlight priorities that will shape a plan to build positively on the work of the last 10 years.
 
Selected blogs 
 
Stop Shock Now: Psychiatry’s War Against Women and the Elderly - Don Weitz dedicates this blog 'to all electroshock and psychiatric survivors' 
 
Real People, Real Side Effects: Stories of Sexual Dysfunction - Research shows that psychiatric drugs seem to have an impact on libido says Jhilmil Breckenridge
 
EHRC and Mind to intervene in disability discrimination case concerning PIP Regulations 
 
A communication by the Public Law Project
 
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The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Mind have been granted permission to intervene in support of a High Court case brought by our client, RF.
RF’s case concerns rules introduced by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in February 2017. The new rules mean it is much harder for those with severe and enduring conditions, which include psychological distress, to get certain Personal Independent Payment (PIP) awards in comparison to other conditions or disabilities.  The case contends that the new rules are unfair and discriminatory.
 
Sara Lomri, RF’s solicitor, comments:
Both the EHRC and Mind have extensive experience working with people who have experienced discrimination on the basis of mental ill health and will provide valuable guidance to the court.  Our client is heartened that both organisations recognise the negative impact that the discriminatory PIP regulations have on those with mental health impairments, and that they are supporting her claim, in addition to those organisations such as The National Autistic Society and Disability Rights UK who have also written in support.
 
PIP was introduced in 2013 as a replacement for the Disability Living Allowance and aimed to provide an essential lifeline for people with disabilities to support their higher costs of living, as well as a 20% costs saving to HM Treasury as part of the broader austerity cuts.  Many affected individuals and campaigners have been raising their concerns about the unfairness in the PIP framework. In August 2017 the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disability raised concerns about the impact of austerity measures resulting in severe economic constraints on those with disabilities and their families, including increased reliance on food banks. Specifically, the Committee recommended that the Government repeal these PIP regulations, but the Government did not act. In this context, our client felt she had no option but to challenge this very unfair system using the courts.  She hopes that the support from EHRC and Mind and others will help her to get the unfair Regulations quashed.
 
NOTE TO EDITORS:
The ‘rolled-up’ permission and substantive hearing will be held in the High Court, Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ), London on 12 and 13 December. There is an anonymity order in place protecting the Claimant.  Further enquiries should be made to o.persey@publiclawproject.org.uk
 
How do you cope with Christmas? 
Xmas blues
 
 
A BBC team is looking to make three films about coping with the christmas period.
 
The team would like to know whether you'd like to discuss:

 
1. How to get through the office christmas party if you're feeling anxious/ down / unwell. People who have coping tips specific to their own mental health. What can you do to take the pressure off yourself, to make it easier? What should you avoid? Are there clever tricks or tips?

2. Experiences of sensory overload because of a mental illness: do you find the noise, colour and social aspects of Christmas difficult? Particularly the Christmas shop. How do you cope?

3. Depression or loneliness at new year. Big moments in the year can feel more difficult when you're unwell or alone. The team is looking to speak to people who be experiencing this at new year and talk to them about how they plan to spend it. The team is hoping for the film to be in someway uplifting - perhaps people who relish the peace or who have found a way to meet new people at new years.
 
The BBC team is keen to hear from you this week (early December).
 
For an initial conversation, please contact:
india.rakusen@bbc.co.uk  02036140978 
If you end up agreeing on being filmed, the team would travel to a location of your convenience.
 
Mental health art on etsy 
 
Survivor art Rachel Rowan Olive makes provocative, topical, art.
 
Rachel says 'I'm a member of Studio Upstairs, a community of artists in North London with experience of mental health problems. I started drawing three years ago after a breakdown - now it's how I make sense of the world. I draw about mental health, politics, and the intersection between the two. Also animals.'
 
Visit her etsy shop here.
 
Help fund design concepts that support wellbeing and recovery 
 
Bidean
Bidean has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce products for wellbeing that have been co-designed in their workshops.
Bidean is a social enterprise that collaborates with people using mental health services to generate design concepts that support wellbeing and recovery. So far they have worked with clients from INUF, Islington Mind, Dragon Cafe, Homerton Hospital, Depression Alliance and Kensington and Chelsea Mind, and their network continues to grow. They are now raising money for the production of a few of these products for others to enjoy.
 
Co-ordinator of Service User and Carer Involvement 
 
Sussses Partnership NHS Trust
Employer: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Research Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
Location: Mill View Hospital, Hove
Salary: Band 5 - £22,128 - £28,74 (pro rata)
Hours: 2.5 days a week
The post is ideally suited to a person with lived experience of using services and/or being a caregiver who is comfortable about talking about this experience to progress the development of research and translation of results into service improvement and can encourage lived experience consultants to do similar.
 
The successful applicant will combine passion for the role with a person centred approach to relationship building across a wide range of stakeholders and research processes.
 
The post requires the ability to travel (across Trust sites and regionally), strong organisational skills and the ability to communicate effectively to optimise the quality and relevance of research for the people that participate in it.
 
For more informnation an how to apply please visit here.
 
Mental health peer mentoring role 
 
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Employer: The Advocacy Project
Location: City of Hackney, London
Salary: £10 per hour
 
The Advocacy Project are looking for people with lived experience of mental illness, who live or work in City and Hackney, to provide 1- 2- 1 support, using their own experiences to mentor someone else. This role can improve confidence, self esteem and develop new skills.
 
Please follow this link for a full job description and application form.
 
Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator 
Work with a new mental healh policy research unit
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Employer: UCL / Division UCL Division of Psychiatry
Grade:
6
Hours:
Part Time
Hours per week (%FTE):
14.6 (40% FTE)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance):
£30,316 per annum pro rata
Closing Date:
7 Jan 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications:
23:59
Interview date:
29 Jan 2018
 
Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Health is setting up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit, run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
 
They are seeking to recruit a Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator for the Unit. The post holder will manage public involvement activity within the unit, under the direction of the PPI Lead and the Unit Directors. This will include organising a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) of mental health service users and carers, making links with other PRU advisors, user- and carer-led groups nationally, and contributing to writing up and publicising the work of the unit for a wide audience.
 
This part time post (2 days a week) is funded until 31st August 2022 in the first instance.
 
Key Requirements
Applicants will need some previous experience of coordinating service user and carer involvement, ideally in a mental health research context. They will also need personal experience of using mental health services, or experience of supporting a close friend or family member who has used or uses mental health services.
 
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
 
Locality co-ordinator, western and northern 
 
capital Employer:Capital Project Trust, West Sussex
Hours:21 per week
Salary: £10 per hour
 
Capital Project Tust are looking to recruit a dynamic, empathetic and well organised individual to coordinate the running of the Western (Coastal and Rural) and Northern (North of County) Locality area. Developing and promoting membership engagement within their area including the running of a regular monthly Members meeting.
 
They will also be responsible for the management and supervision of the Peer Support workers at their local hospital. 
 
For more information and how to apply, please call 01243 869662 or email.
 
Administrative assistant, Bognor Regis 
 
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Employer:Capital Project Trust, West Sussex
Hours:15 hours per week
Salary: £9.02 per Hour
 
The Capital Project Trust also require a friendly, practical and helpful individual to join our admin team in a small but busy office. Working closely with the Senior Administrator to ensure the smooth running of our small office, ensuring appropriate procedures are maintained.
 
 
 
They will also give specific administrative support to our inpatient and new rehabilitation peer support service. 
 
For more information and how to apply, please call 01243 869662 or email.
 
Speaking Truth to Power - presented by Stephen Pattison 
 
spirituality forum Date:6 December 2017
Time:14:00 – 16:30
Venue:The Upper Room 8 Greenland Place London NW1 0ND
 
This event will explore the changing role of mental health chaplains and in particular consider ideas from Stephen Pattison’s book “Pastoral Care and Liberation Theology” and his article “Chaplaincy as Public Theology”
 
For more information and booking, please visit here.
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
Government response to report on Brexit and health and social care
Command paper responding to the House of Commons Health Committee report 'Brexit and health and social care: people and process'.
You can acces all the relevant documentation here.
 
King's Fund responds to autumn budget
'We are disappointed ( ...) that the Chancellor did not find any extra funding for social care'. Read the full statement here.
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NSUN Bulletin 27th Nov 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 27 November 2017
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Monday 27 November 2017 
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
This week NSUN attended the launch of a new initiative to tackle ethnic inequalities in mental health and the new Health and Wellbeing Alliance Mental Health Group. This edition also focuses on the autumn budget and what it means for health and social care.
 
We also received a positive response to requests to be included in the Mental Health Act Review process with an invitation to be  a member of the Advisory Group. We will continue to share thoughts emerging from the network about the Mental Health Act Review as the consultation period progresses.
 
ethnic inequalities
 
 
 
NSUN news 
 
Launch of the Synergi Collaborative Centre
Earlier this year Lankelly Chase Foundation commissioned Queen Mary University of London, the University of Manchester and Words of Colour Productions to establish an independent centre of excellence on ethnic inequalities, severe mental illness and multiple disadvantage.This initiative calls for ‘fresh science’ and the prioritisation of lived experience narratives to transform ethnic inequalities in mental health services.
 
Click here to listen to Sarah Yiannoullou, Managing Director of NSUN, and Raza Griffiths, NSUN London Network Coordinator, discuss the importance of the BME service user narrative to the transformation of mental health services.
 
NSUN trustee Stephanie McKinley reacts to the budget announcement
''Well very little to celebrate I think for those of us who experience mental health problems it would appear.  In fact we are virtually ignored apart from some kind of pledge to give an extra 2.8bn of new funding to the NHS over 3 years and a green paper out any minute now about transforming CYP services. Long overdue and good to see some preventative thinking happening finally for CYP, but where is adult mental health in all of this? Have our needs just disappeared overnight? Are we suddenly able to access more joined up services, are no more services being cut that we so desperately need? 
 
Now call me cynical (and many have), but as we are supposed to now be in the age of parity of esteem, I would hope that some of the money might come into our service area. Sadly I doubt that extra 2.8bn will go towards mental health or possibly even physical health. It will more than likely be swallowed up in the huge deficits that most Trusts are operating under.  I'm not sure how much of it will be felt on the front line where we all need it most. True £350 million is being given now to cover winter costs to the NHS, but that is aimed at acute hospitals and not mental health or community services that are also struggling. 
 
Which begs the question, what does £350 million look like anyway? What would it look like for you in your community?  Your area? Your region? As a member of NSUN I challenge all of us to ask our MP's, our Healthwatches, our commissioners, where this money going? On what? For who? They represent us and should be able to tell us surely! How is parity of esteem that Theresa May assured us she is so committed to, being realised by this £2.8bn? Having been given the impression we are of no account to this goverment, we should be making our voices heard to those who are accountable to us.
 
We do exist and we need to make sure that as members of NSUN we remind everyone of that fact. This budget is the perfect excuse we need! ''
 
 
Member's blogs 
 
This week we bring you two blog posts by Simone Aspis, who lives with disabilities and acts as advocate for detained in-patients with learning difficulties and autism. Simone's blogs were writen in light of the Mental Health Act review
 
The mental health act review and the definition of 'mental disorder'
 
 
Selected blogs 
 
Why is the government waging a war against disabled people? Ministers’ social care and welfare reforms represent a deliberately prejudiced, vicious attack on a significant minority of the population says Peter Beresford
 
 
 
The autumn budget: what does it mean for health and social care? 
 
budget This facebook live Q&A was held on 23 November, with:
Tom Moberly, The BMJ's UK editor
Professor John Appleby, director of research and chief economist at the Nuffield Trust
Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at The Kings Fund
You can find the recorded session here
 
Stop mental health cuts campaign 
Affected by mental healh cuts? You can help this campaign
Article Image The Government has repeatedly promised an additional £1Bn for mental health.
However, the Royal College of Psychiatrists understand from NHS England that the latest budget could mean mental health might not get this promissed additional £1Bn at all.
The College are asking people to tweet on how mental health cuts affect them.
To tweet your views pelase use hashtag
 
Alternative approaches for working with voice hearers 
A Workshop of the Voice-Hearing Network in the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care
working w voice hearers
Date: 24 January
Time: 10am - 4pm (registration at 9:30am)
Venue: St Catherine’s College, Oxford University Manor Road, OX1 3UJ 
 
A wide variety of presentations will explore innovative ways of working with people who hear voices.
 
The full agenda is available here
 
to book a free place please contact Roz – r.v.austin@durham.ac.uk
 
CAPITAL Project Trust positions 
Opening Doors to Mental Wellbeing
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An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with CAPITAL Project Trust.  Capital is a unique and well respected West Sussex based mental health charity run for and by people who use mental health services. 
We are recruiting for:
 
LOCALITY COORDINATORS – WESTERN AND NORTHERN
21.5 Hours per Week - £10.00 per Hour
We are looking to recruit a dynamic, empathetic and well organised individual to coordinate the running of the Western (Coastal and Rural) and Northern (North of County) Locality area.  Developing and promoting membership engagement within their area including the running of a regular monthly Members meeting. They will also be responsible for the management and supervision of the Peer Support workers at their local hospital.
 
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – BOGNOR REGIS
15 Hours per Week – £9.02 per Hour
We require a friendly, practical and helpful individual to join our admin team in a small but busy office. Working closely with the Senior Administrator to ensure the smooth running of our small office, ensuring appropriate procedures are maintained. They will also give specific administrative support to our inpatient and new rehabilitation peer support service.
 
If you would like a full Job Description for either role and Application Pack please telephone 01243 869662 or email enquiries@capitalproject.org
 
Closing date for Application submission, 9.30am, on Monday 8th January 2018
Interviews will be held Thursday 18th and Friday 19th January 2018
 
A co-produced peer support toolkit 
 
side by side
Between September 2014 and December 2016, Mind, BipolarUK, the Depression Alliance  and a large number of smaller, grant-funded projects ran the Side by Side peer support project.

'Side by Side' aimed to:
  • build an evidence base for the effectiveness of one to one, group and online peer support
  • promote the value of peer support to people with experience of mental health problems, service providers and commissioners
  • improve the lives of people experiencing mental health problems across England through access to peer support.
The project included co-produced research into the effectiveness of peer support and this led to producing a toolkit, which you can now access here.
 
 
Survivors History Group meeting 
 
non suicidal self injury
Date: 29 November
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: Lower Meeting Room, Wesleys Chapel, 49 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AU.
(Near Old Street underground station)
 
All welcome. If you live in London or can travel to London this Wednesday 29 November, join us. NSUN will be chairing.
 
This month the group will discuss:
  • New ways to run the Survivors History Group
  • Asylum magazine and the changes in that
    over the years and how they relate to survivors history
  • working with the Friends of Philip Morgan to preserve his
    legacy of "health through history" and, related to this, survivor
    responses to deaths and other tragedies - a theme that has been
    raised by David Kessel and Frank Bangay
  • how the Scottish Union of Mental Patients was formed in the locked wards of  Hartwoods Hospital, Shotts, Lanarkshire in the early 1970s
 
Talk for Health news 
Annual Showcase with Grayson Perry
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Talk for Health hosted its annual showcase event at Islington Town Hall 9th November - Cracked!
 
120 people joined us to hear Grayson Perry, Kate Prince and Nicky Forsythe talk about mental health and how individuals deal with the cracks in today’s society - and how they shape them.
 
Grayson gave a highly entertaining but serious talk about identity and the process of finding ourselves and accepting change. We’re not alone – we are part of society and as such “we are a collection of experiences and relationships - we don’t live in isolation. Our identity is co-created continuously starting from the moment that we’re born”, he said.Read more here.
 
Learn to Talk for a Fit Mind with Talk for Health: Peer Counselling Skills
 
FREE taster session
Date: Thursday 22nd February 2018
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue:Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, London, NW3 6UU
 
Find out more and register here for the full six session programme over March 2018.
 
CQC announce children and young people's survey 
childen and young people survey
 
The data collection for the next survey will begin in the New Year, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be asking thousands of children and young people about the care they have received while in hospital during November and December 2016.
 
If you work for a trust treating children and young people, make sure the experiences of your patients are heard by encouraging people to respond to the survey.
 
Download this cqc children and young people survey tips for some tips and ideas.
 
Mental Health Cop 
Article Subtitle
Article ImageMichael Brown is a serving police inspector who started blogging in a personal capacity.
 
He has produced a series of BLOG posts focusing on aspects of the Police and Crime Act 2017 affecting the Mental Health Act. Michael has also produced briefings for police officers but others will find these both accessible and useful. Find out more here.
 
Read the BLOGS to date. More on the way!
  • What is a Place of Safety – post now published!
  • No children may be taken to police stations as a Place of Safety (PoS) under ss135/6 MHA – post now published!
  • The police will now have a specific power of search for those detained under ss135/6 both at the point of detention and at arrival in a Place of Safety – post now published!
  • PoS detention under ss135/6 may only last 24hrs, unless authorisation extends this to 36hrs in specific situations – post now published!
  • Section 136 will be able to be instigated anywhere other than a home – bringing new opportunities and challenges – post now published!
  • There will be a requirement, where practicable, for officers to consult with a DR, nurse or AMHP prior to using s136 – post now published!
  • Once s136 has been used, there are more considerations around how to choose the appropriate Place of Safety – post now published!
  • Adults may only be taken to police stations in ‘exceptional circumstances’ – post now published!
You can follow Michael on Twitter @MentalHealthCop 
 
In the News - Autumn budget 
 
The Guardian: Social care was overlooked
Read 'Autumn budget: the winners, the losers and the overlooked' here.
 
The Mental Health Foundation:budget could lead to more inequalities
The MHF are concernerned about the budget not regognising the urgent need to invest in social housing - read their statement here. Furthermore, the MHF have published a blog on what the budget could mean for mental health and wellbeing.
 
The BBC: key points at a glance
Review the BBC's key points here.
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
The Autumn budget
 
Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19
This House of Commons Library briefing provides information on key provisions in the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017 - 19 .  Steve Reed MP presented the Bill on 19 July 2017, having come second in the Private Members’ Bill ballot. This briefing was prepared in advance of the Bill’s second reading on 3 November 2017. Read the briefing here.
 
Improving access to General Practice
Date: 5 December
Time: 10am - 3pm
Venue: Holiday Inn London Camden Lock 30 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, London NW1 7BY) 
 
for patient representatives and lay members to find out more about the next steps for improving access to general practice, including plans for national rollout by March 2019.   
This event will be a follow up to the webinars held in November. Content will cover the seven core requirements for improving access and what this means for you as a patient, along with an update on the range of resources that have been made available nationally for general practice staff and commissioners to support them with their local rollout.
 
To register for this event, please contact Claire Parker at england.gpaccess@nhs.net
 
 
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NSUN Bulletin 20th Nov 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 20 November 2017 (Welfare, Universal Credit, Budget)
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Monday 20 November 2017 
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
This week's bulletin looks at welfare news (specifically Universal Credit) and the Autumn Budget.We also share updates concerning our recent activities, along with a spread of general weekly and membership news.
 
Universal Credit chaotic rollout
 
 
 
NSUN news - our latest activities 
 
Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) news
  • Norms of Belief and Norms of Action in Clinical Practice: Emma Ormerod attended the Inaugural Advanced Studies Seminar at St Catherine's College, Oxford on 2nd November. The seminar is part of a wider prorogramme (funded for one year) that is focusing on the difficulties that are widely experienced in translating research into practice. Bringing together people who use services, practitioners and policy makers, the seminar saw wide ranging discussion about the challenges and potential for values-based practice and shared decision making within a variety of clinical settings.
  • Mental Health Research Moot:  Members of the SRN working group attended the "Research Moot" to join different organisations to discuss their work and potential ideas for research with staff and third year mental health students.
If you are interested in finding out more about the SRN network contact Emma,Ormerod@nsun.org.uk
 
News from the London & BME Co-ordinator:
Last week Raza Griffiths was an invited panelist at a Kings College event looking at barriers to BME healthcare. The audience, mainly made up of students training to be health professionals, had robust and wide ranging discussions on the need for treating 'mental health' as a social justice issue requiring wide scale socio-political change with the panel.

Raza emphasised the importance of BME mental health activism being more connected to and involving of students, whose knowledge, experience and enthusiasm is invaluable. Raza said "It's time we built broader alliances to our common benefit. I'm really glad I went."

Some of the feedback from the audience participants included:
  • "I will write articles about the issue [barriers to healthcare for BME communities including to mental healthcare] and continue to speak out about it"
  • "[we should] host more events like this in the student community"
  • [on how individuals are taking action around BME mental health and social justice]:" Working on mental health on my PhD in relation to women and BME"
  • "brilliantly articulated talk. Would be helpful to know more as services in Newham to target MP on specific issues as well as ... cuts to services"
  • "Will take action. Really think the social justice and systemic political approach ... is necessary and needed"
NSUN attends Psychology at Work APPG
NSUN attended the launch of the British Psychological Society's report Psychology at Work: Improving wellbeing and productivity in the workplace at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday 14th November via an APPG for Psychology panel discussion. The panel chaired by Dr Lisa Cameron (APPG chair), consisted of two of the report's co-authors, Dr Ashley Weinberg and Dr Nancy Doyle, and John Levell of he British Dyslexia Association. 
This report brings together the latest evidence from across psychology and makes recommendations to employers and the Government on how to create healthy workplaces. It also explores how support in the workplace for people with psychological conditions that affect cognitive functions – collectively known as neurodiversity – could be improved, as well as an examination of the issue of welfare interventions in this context." 
Find out more and download the report here.
 
Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Mental Health Consultative Forum
Last week Naomi Good co-chaired the Mental Health Consultative Forum  with two other NSUN members attending, Errol Franklin and Shakti Mathers. Discussion and debate included approaches to Street Triage around the country, particularly the SIM (Serenity Integrated Mentoring) is a mentoring programme for people struggling to cope with highly intensive patterns of behaviour. This programme trains police and integrates mental health care and  policing. The progarmme won  an award on the Isle of Wight.
 
Member's blogs 
 
On power and privacy- In the light of the almost daily revelations about workplace sexual harassment and abuse, Alison Faulkner wants to highlight not only the devastating impact that sexual abuse or assault can have on someone, but also the impact of secrecy.
 
What should happen when things go wrong? - this blog, written by Martin Coyle in light of the Mental Health Act review, has been re-published on our website as technical errors forced us to take the initial page down. If you wish to share this, please copy the new link. Many thanks to all for your understanding with this
 
Selected blogs 
 
A discussion format blog: views on what needs to change in the new Mental Health - Canterbury University colleagues share their hopes concerning the Mental Health Act Review
 
A mad world: capitalism and the rise of mental illness - What if it's not us who are sick, asks Rod Tweedy, but a system at odds with who we are as social beings?
 
The concept of schizophrenia is dying - discussed in the Conversation
 
 
Changes in welfare and Universal Credit 
#ScrapUniversalCredit - news shared by DPAC and FEEL
Scrap Universal Credit
 
 
The changes in the welfare system and the Universal Credits is the hot topic of the moment, affecting or possibly affecting everyone soon, employed and unemployed alike: it needs to get scrapped out.
 
Gail Ward (Disability Campaigner DPAC/BlackTriangle) has been running very useful workshops in regards. Highly recommend to follow her blog www.blueannoyed. wordpress.com/ (list of highly relevant blog posts at the very bottom of the email) and DPAC website for updates and guidance. 
 
MP launches petition to ask for mental health spending to be ring fenced 
#MentalHealthMatters
Budget
 
On November 22, in his Budget, the Chancellor Philip Hammond can make a difference and ring-fence mental health budgets to make sure that the promised money actually reaches local mental health services.
 
Luciana Berger MP is calling on the Chancellor to ring-fence mental health spend in his Autumn Budget. You can read Luciana Berger's full message and sign the petition here.
 
Tackling Self Harm in Schools 
A project by Self Injury Support Bristol
Self harm in schools
 
Self-harm is a common and growing problem; it is also the strongest predictor of eventual death by suicide in adolescence, increasing the risk up to ten-fold. Around 10% of adolescents will have self-harmed by the time they finish school.

The Tackling Self Harm in Schools project will tackle the pressing issue of self-harm in schools from a number of different angles.
 
Aims:
  • Train around 50 staff in a range of roles (teaching/tutors and pastoral) from 5 different secondary schools in both rural and urban areas
  • Run a range of emotional wellbeing workshops across years 7-11 (we will be guided by schools about which age groups would benefit the most)
  • Offer/promote self-help materials and support services to all students and signpost them to other support services
  • Run policy workshops with 5 staff and 5 students in each school ( around 50 in total) so that the school will have a policy that has the best chance of being useful
  • Run 5 feedback workshops to find out what students and staff liked and didn't like about the project and what could be done better if it happened again
  • Review current self-help materials on our website and create new materials as designed by students and staff.
For more information, please visit the website or contact the organisation on info@selfinjurysupport.org.uk
 
 
Call for participants:experiences of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury 
What helped and what hindered: A qualitative study into people’s experiences of interventions on their journey of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury (NSSI)
non suicidal self injury
 
The focus of this research is to gain in depth understanding of your experiences of what assisted you and hindered you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). You will be asked some questions about your experiences and perceptions in a confidential interview that will last one hour. The interview can be done either face to face, by telephone or Skype.

This research is important as it has the potential to provide critical information regarding the type of treatment, intervention, and support which helped you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); with the aim of informing and supporting others.

If you are 18 yrs old or above, and this is something that you would like to volunteer and contribute towards please contact Lorna Robinson (counselling psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England,Bristol. Supervised by Dr. Zoe Thomas, zoe2.thomas@uwe.ac.uk)
 
 
Working with self harm - a fresh approach 
Rai Waddingham invites you to this half day workshop in Canterbury
Rai Waddingham
 
Date: Thursday 21 December
Time: 9.30 – 4.30pm
Venue: Augustine House, CCCU Library, Rhodaus Town, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2YA.
Cost: from £20 (concs) to £75 (full price).

Whilst there is a growing awareness of the prevalence of self-harm, it remains a challenging area for many who are trying to support those who use it as a survival strategy and/or means of expressing difficult feelings.

This workshop will provide a space for anyone who is involved in supporting people who self-harm to develop a greater understanding of the experience, their own reactions and ways of talking with someone about their self-harm without fearing making matters worse.

For further information and to book a place please click here.
 
Mental Health Act debate
  
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
 
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement...
'‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
 
You can attend for free. Registration is open here.
 
FEEL's 10 years anniversary and monthly meeting 
Freends of East End Loonies (FEEL) invie you to celebrate as well as discuss the latest news
FEEL
 
Date: Monday 20 November
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: LARC, 62, Fieldgate Street, 
Whitechapel E1 1ES
 
Ten years ago last week (15th Nov to be precise) the first gathering of the Friends of East End Loonies took place in Whitechapel.
 
FEEL already celebrated a decade of campaigning and achievement with other mental health Survivors and friends at the awesome Loonies Fest.
 
Some memories are collected on Facebook .
Some more were shared by courtesy of Cheryl Prax here.
FEEL also had the "debut of the song "Prescriptionpath" by Sam & Daryl.
 
Research opportunity: study of peer support 
 
peer support
ENRICH is a national research study of peer support that aims to find out whether employing ‘Peer Workers’ in Mental Health Trusts can improve peoples’ experiences and outcomes of discharge from mental health inpatient care.
 
As part of the study, the research team is looking to speak with services or projects who currently deliver one-to-one based peer support as part of secondary mental health care.
 
Eligible participants will be recompensed £20 for their time if taking part in a voluntary capacity or outside their normal working hours, and will be asked to take part in telephone interviews which take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete. 
 
Please note that for each organisation, the research team would need to speak with four individuals or one “team”: a Peer worker, supported peer, a peer worker coordinator and another mental health worker.
 
This research has ethical approval and is coordinated by Dr Steve Gillard at St George’s University.
 
Deadline for expressions of interest and recruitment: 12 December.
 
For more information please contact james.byrne@sussexpartnership.nhs.uk  You can read the HRA summary here
 
 
CQC publish resource on human rights and equality approach 
 
CQC CQC has published 'Equally Outstanding', a resource on how a human rights and equality approach can improve the quality of health and care.
 
Several organisations contributed to the development and content of the guide, including ourselves and the LGB&T Partnership.
 
The full document is available here and is well worth a read.
 
Mental health in the news: austerity, welfare, Universal Credit 
 
The Independent:
Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths - government accused of economic murder
 
 
 
Disability News Service
 
The Guardian:
 
 
 
 
The Mirror:
'Chaotic' roll out of Universal Credit benefit scheme will 'cause evictions, homelessness, spiralling debt and even suicide' - In a message to Whitehall, public sector bosses, advice services and a string of MPs have all demanded an immediate halt to the policy - insisting it will send the UK’s poorest people into a downward spiral
 
BBC news:
 
FDA.gov:
 
 
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PIP Assessment Guide
Part Two: The Assessment Criteria - A DWP guidance document for providers carrying out assessments for Personal Independence Payment. 
 
Focus on the Autumn Budget, to be introduced on 22 November.
What this budget will contain should heavily influence the Universal Credit rollout and possible cuts to welfare
 
Latest budget date confirmed
 
Budget representations: guidance updated
Guidance on how to submit a Budget representation, which is a written representation from an interest group, individual or representative body to HM Treasury
 
NHS England - National promotion
Between  20 to 24 November, NHS England intends carrying out a targeted national promotion – primarily to people from BME backgrounds who have experienced cancer treatment – to encourage more feedback on care and treatment. NHSE are particularly keen for posters to be displayed in cancer support and BME community settings and their social media assets to be used on websites, in e-newsletters and on Twitter and Facebook.  Can you help?.
Materials are available to order via the Health and Social Care Orderline: https://www.orderline.dh.gov.uk/ecom_dh/public/saleproducts.jsf. (In the Campaign Search box – bottom right on the homepage – select Cancer Feedback BME promotion.).
The co-ordinator for the initiative is Gillian Radcliffe, Communications Manager for Insight & Feedback: gillian.radcliffe@nhs.net.
 
Meaningful digital access for people with longterm conditions workshop
Date: Thursday  07 December 2017
Time: 10:00-14:00
Location: London
The objectives of the workshop are to:-
  • To provide evidence which can be used as the basis for a future GMS Contract.
  • To qualify and quantify what is meaningful digital access by people with long term conditions.
  • To use the evidence collated from this meeting to promote resourcing more detailed valid reproducible data.
Contact Jana Dale by telephone on 07920 785893 or email jana.dale@nhs.net
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Do you give care to a child whose parent has a mental health problem?

Can you help with some research?

When a parent has a mental health problem, other family members often step in to help to look after their child when they are unwell. We are looking to speak to those other family members. They might be the child's other parent, stepparent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, etc. We would not be interviewing the parent with mental health problems themselves.

Please click here for more details about this research

If you are interested in taking part or would like further information, please contact Rebecca Bishop at r.bishop@herts.ac.uk or by telephone on 07900 084774.

NSUN bulletin 13th Nov 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 13 November
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Monday 6 November 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
This week we share an update to a legal challenge to PIP rules, brought by a client who hopes to make a difference for all those who live with invisible conditions and disabilities. In addition to this important piece of news, we bring you updates from the world of mental health.
 
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NSUN news 
 
Over the last few weeks we have attended a number of events and meetings around the country.
This has included:
  • The Advocacy Project AGM
  • Birmingham University - Roundtable discussion: exploring ‘prevention’ of mental distress from the perspective of people with lived experience
  • Mental health Five Year Forward View  Independent and Advisory Oversight Board
  • Great Minds Think Differently event - Celebrating Dyslexia
  • Birmingham City University Research event
  • Interactions not Interventions Big Lottery event
 
More regional news needed - can you help?
Do you live outside of London? Can you send us local news to share with other members? You can email our info mailbox or / and call us 020 7820 8982
 
Selected blogs 
 
'Talking about race and mental health is everyone's business' - As a government adviser on its new review of the Mental Health Act, Jacqui Dyer aims to address the ‘dirty secret’ that black people are too often detained in inpatient facilities.
 
Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia: A response to Jauhar and Morrison - Anne Cooke and Peter Kinderman reflect on a critique. 'we welcome Sameer and Paul’s reflections: one of our aims in writing the report was to open up discussion and debate about this important topic'
 
UN report points to power imbalances - The Psychologist reports on 'hard hitting stuff from the special Rapporteur'
 
PIP discrimination challenge reaches High court 
 
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The Public Law Project (PLP) is representing a client, RF, who is bringing a challenge to the unfair and discriminatory way those with psychological distress are treated by the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) rules. 
 
PIP was introduced in 2013 as a replacement for the Disability Living Allowance and provides an essential lifeline for people with disabilities to support their higher costs of living.
 
Regulations that came into force in March 2017 mean that people with serious mental health conditions, who are unable to plan or undertake a journey because of overwhelming psychological distress, receive fewer points in the PIP assessment and are only entitled to a lower level of support, if any. 
 
PLP is acting for the claimant in RF v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
 
Sara Lomri, RF’s solicitor and PLP’s Deputy Legal Director, commented that:
 
"My client is a vulnerable individual, who, though suffering significant mental health difficulties, is bringing this important challenge as the new rules will have a significant negative impact on not only her life,  but on the lives of many with 'invisible' disabilities.  She has told me that losing enhanced PIP for mobility means she will not be able to get the support she needs to travel.  This will have a huge impact on her ability to participate in society.
 
My client does not understand why people with mental health problems are being singled out and excluded from a benefit which is supposed to help them."
 
The ‘rolled-up’ permission and substantive hearing will be held in the High Court, RCJ, London on 12 and 13 December.  There is an anonymity order in place protecting the Claimant. Further enquiries should be made to o.persey@publiclawproject.org.uk
 
Participation in mental healthcare: a qualitative meta-synthesis 
 
Tokenism and lack of independence found as central themes for over half of the tudies used for this review.
 
 
Participation in mental healthcare: a qualitative meta-synthesis | International Journal of Mental Health Systems | Full Text
Background
Facilitation of service user participation in the co-production of mental healthcare planning and service delivery is an integral component of contemporary mental health policy and clinical guidelines. However, many service users continue to experience exclusion from the planning of their care. This review synthesizes qualitative research about participation in mental healthcare and articulates essential processes that enable service user participation in mental health care.
 
Conclusion
 
Participation in mental healthcare: a qualitative meta-synthesis | International Journal of Mental Health Systems | Full Text
The findings of this meta-synthesis demonstrate that service user participation in mental healthcare remains a policy aspiration, which generally has not been translated into clinical practice. The continued lack of impact of policy on the delivery of mental healthcare suggests that change may have to be community driven. Systemic service user advocacy groups could contribute critically to promoting authentic service user participation in the co-production of mental health services. Policy stakeholders could also consider placing service users as leaders in key positions throughout mental health services, which may help in shifting the culture of mental health professionals towards a more recovery focused approach.
 
 
Read the full article here.
 
New online platform seeks stories 
 filmed interviews. People based in London
filmed interviewsBea Herbert is launching a web platform and she needs stories to share. Here is her message
 
''I am on the look out for anyone over 18, who is based in London and is open to discussing their experiences of mental health difficulties and/ or their experience of the mental health system. Submissions are also welcome from therapists, counsellors and other roles within the mental health system.
A new online platform is opening to allow an opportunity for people to tell their stories and to start exploring these issues together creatively. The platform will represent a turning away from current narratives around mental ' illness'.
Content will include filmed interviews, artwork,  poetry, articles and other ways of documenting people's experiences.
Filmed interviews can take place in Homerton, East London. However if there are issues with travel costs and practicalities, other venues can be discussed. "
If you are interested in taking part and providing content or discussing the work further, please contact Bea Herbert.
Mobile: 07746 631730
 
A Disorder for Everyone (AD4E) - Exploring the culture of pyschiatric diagnosis event 
 
Article ImageAD4E is coming to Manchester, this will be their 6th event. This year supported by Manchester Rape Crisis.
 
Date: Friday 8 December
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Methodist Central Buildings, Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ
 
This day is for anyone who is interested in and concerned about the current debates in 'mental health.' It provides a space to explore the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model and the narrative of 'diagnosis and disorder!'
 
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jacqui Dillon, Dr Gary Sidley, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney
 
Find out more about the day and book your tickets here.
 
Other debates include Liverpool and Brighton
 
Date: Thursday 7 December 2017
Time: 9am - 5.30pm
Venue: The Quaker Meeting House,22 School Lane,Liverpool, L1 3BT
 
Date: Friday 16 February 2018
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AF 
 
 
Social media toolkit for healthcare 
Free to download - for all
social media toolkit - healthcare
Skills for Health have worked with industry experts to create a Social Media Toolkit to instruct, educate and guide healthcare organisations on how to best use social media.
 
** Access your free toolkit here > skillsforhealth.org.uk/socialtoolkit, if you like it, join the conversation and share it using #HealthSocialTools **
 
It's also your toolkit, so if it's missing anything or you want to add to it, then please contact marketing@skillsforhealth.org.uk.
 
Become a Trustee with the Helplines Partnership 
Meetings take place in London - this is a voluntary position
Helplines partnership Helplines Partnership Board of Trustees is looking to recruit an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, with experience in fundraising and a particular focus on income generation for members and research for particular identified projects.

This is an unpaid voluntary position although reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.


If you think that you have the experience and wish to utilise your skills and knowledge to enhance Helplines Partnership Board and to help raise the profile of the sector, then please forward your CV and a covering letter detailing your interest in, and suitability for the role, to
vacancies@helplines.org

A generic Trustee role description and person specification can be found on the
website
Application deadline - 22 December
 
Join the mental health act streering group 
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Mind are recruiting people with relevant lived experience and skills to join a steering group to guide their contribution to the independent review of the Mental Health Act. Mind are particularly keen to foreground the views and experiences of people from the black and minority ethnic groups that are disproportionately affected by the Act.
 
As a freelance consultant you would be helping to involve people most affected by the Act in Mind’s work and to develop recommendations.  
 
The role involves 4-7 days’ work, mainly between December 2017 and summer 2018. Closing date for applications is Thursday 30 November at 5pm.

Find out more and apply here
 
Data protection workshop 
do you live in London, Use mental health services and regularly use digital media?
data protection Share your thoughts and concerns regarding the use of health and financial data

Date: 22 November 
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Mental Health Foundation Colechurch House 1 London Bridge Walk SE1 2SX

for more information please contact Jo Ackerman jackerman@mentalhealth.org.uk
 
CQC November news 
 
CQC Consultation: How CQC reports on and rates the use of resources in NHS hospitals
 
CQC are asking for your views on their proposed approach to working with NHS Improvement to reflect their assessment of trusts’ use of resources in published CQC inspection reports and trust-level ratings.
CQC are also seeking feedback on how they can best combine the rating that will be awarded for use of resources with CQC’s five trust-level quality ratings, and how we will generate new combined ratings at the trust level.

Consultation will close on 10/01/18
 
Putting the public at the heart of CQC work
Making better use of people’s views, working closely with representative organisations and publishing simple, clear information are at the centre of our plans for engaging the public over the next four years.
On 26 October CQC published a new strategy for how they’ll engage with the public to help make us a strong, independent regulator that is always on the side of people using care services.
You can download the summary version of the strategy here.
The strategy is also available in Easy Read and Large Print.
 
Healthwatch England publish consulation results 
 
Healthwatch England Earlier this year, Healthwatch asked you to help shape their future strategy (2018 - 23).

Healthwatch have now published a summary of the ideas people shared, along with future aims:
 
• Empowering more people to their say
• Supporting a high quality Healthwatch service
• Making sure people’s views help improve health and social care
 
From this page, you can download the consultation document ' shape our future', and let Healthwatch know what you think in their next consultation phase.
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Volunteering guidance for NHS providers
NHS England has produced guidance to offer practical support and information for NHS providers to enable them to support the strategic ambition to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS.
 
NHS jobs
Closing date is 26th November and assessment in early December. 
There are at least 9 positions to fill!!
 
How does the NHS in England work? | The King's Fund
This animation is a whistle-stop tour of how the NHS works in 2017 and how it is changing. 
  • The final image is available for download here (19.31 MB, pdf).
  • You can buy a poster of the final image in A2 (420 x 594 mm).
  • The animation was produced by CreativeConnection.
  • This is an update of our 2013 animation on the structure of the NHS.
 
 

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NSUN Bulletin 6th November 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 6 November - special edition: Mental Health Act review
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Monday 6 November 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
This week, we focus on the Mental Health Act review, otherwise known as 'the Wessely review'.
                              .Mental Health Act Review
 
 
The Mental Health Act review 
 
The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act. Our 'gov.uk' feature contains links to the the government's announcement and the policy paper ('terms of reference').
 
The terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work.
 
Which legislation is coming under review?
Current mantal health law includes the Mental Health Act 1983 and its 2007 amendment
 
Who works on the review?
The independent review panel is chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely, Regius Professor of Psychiatry, King’s College  London President, Royal Society of medicine. Vice-Chairs include: Sir Henry Globe, Queen’s Council since 1994, Rabbi Baroness Neuberger, DBE Former CEO, The Kings Fund Chair, review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. Steve Gilbert, Serious Mental Illness Living experience Consultant.
 
Where does NSUN stand?
When the Prime Minister announced her desire to address the 'burning injustices' of mental health in her first speech of 2017, we were skeptical and expressed our concerns concerning the context in which the government's statements were made. You can read our article here.
 
Point 6 of our NSUN Members' Manifesto published January 2017 calls for a reform of the Mental Health Act 2007 to make it fully compliant with human rights and ensure people are not harmed or abused, point 6 (page 11).

We wish to raise the following concerns:
  • The Mental Health Act is in breach of fundamental human rights
  • There is no acknowledgement of the the fact that the United Nations have challenged the UK government concerning the rights of people with disabilites - we wrote about this here
  • There is no mention of the Brexit context, in which the 'Charter of Rights' is not transfered into UK Law. This means loss of legislation concerning fundamental rights which should underpin the Mental Health Act
  • There is a continued emphasis on the medical model
 
We believe that:
  • The human rights of people with lived experience should be respected and upheld and our power and choices should be returned to us
  • Lived experience and survivor knowledge should be valued as part of the ‘evidence base’ that is used to inform research and decisions made by policy makers and commissioners
  • The review is not aiming high enough. Mark Brown makes pertinent suggestions for a more robust a bill of rights for people with mental health needs. 
 
The planned Mental Health Act review: a need for urgent action by NSUN members
 
'My Government will reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the National Health Service in England.' 
 
In June this year, the Queen’s Speech included the statement above which appeared to commit to working ‘towards a new Mental Health Act’.
It is positive that there are plans to reform the current Mental Health Act. However, the government’s current approach seems to stem from a continued emphasis on the medical model (a continuing emphasis on NHS services).
 
The government is  also focusing on a reduction in detentions and compulsory treatment instead of recognising that these represent a breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). At NSUN, we see the planned changes as an opportunity to advocate strongly for a rights-based Mental Health Act and for alternatives to a medical model, with investment above and beyond NHS provision.
 
At the end of June the Mental Health Alliance published a report of its Mental Health Act survey 'A Mental health Act fit for tomorrow - An agenda for reform' .
 
As a member of the Mental Health Alliance, NSUN welcomed the possibility of research that was designed to gather views on the principles of the Mental Health Act, including views from those who use mental health services. In addition, the report which resulted from the survey contains some important emphases on improved rights for people detained under the Act. 
 
However, there are also some serious shortfalls in the approach taken to the research and conclusions reached from the findings. Therefore, NSUN strongly emphasised the need for further research to be undertaken before the completion of the study and the circulation of the report; we wanted to ensure that those most affected by the Act were adequately represented in the report. Unfortunately, the report was published regardless and the Mental Health Alliance has been strongly promoting it with the government.
 
Read more about the report and the reasons why we did not endorse it here.
 
Sample letter to your MP
 
If you would like to advocate for a rights-based Mental Health Act and for recognition of alternatives to the medical model and if you agree with our concerns about the Mental Health Alliance’s report, we urge you to complete the sample letter below and send it to your MP. (We recognise, of course, that you may want to write your own letter on the subject, but thought that a model letter would be useful.)
 
We have tried to make the letter as clear and precise as possible and so provide full links to further information.  (See below.)
 
Here is a copy of the letter with full web links (to print as hard copy)
Here is a copy of the letter with hyperlinks (to use digitally)
You just need to:
  • Amend the date at the top of the copy of the letter with hyperlinks to fit the date when you forward the letter to your MP
  • Add your local MP's name in place of 'MP NAME'
  • Insert your name and provide your contact details in place of the words 'YOUR NAME AND CONTACT DETAILS'
It is useful to include your postal address amongst the contact details; MPs may want to be sure that you live in their constituency.
 
If you want to find out who your MP is, because you do not already know, go to http://www.parliament.uk/business/commons/ and type in your postcode in the Find Your MP box on the right hand side of the page. You will then see who your MP is.
 
MPs may have their own website where you can find out more about them and their concerns and interests.
 
You may also be able to follow them on Twitter.
Another useful website is https://www.theyworkforyou.com/ where you type in the name of your MP and the issue and it will show you all the statements she, or he has made on that subject. 
 
When you get a reply please send it (or a copy) to:
NSUN, 27-29 Vauxhall Grove, London, SW8 1SY
You can send a scan or photo of the letter to info@nsun.org.uk  
 
If you are concerned about the issues, please also use your networks to promote NSUN’s concerns and encourage as many individuals and organisations as possible to lobby their MPs about current plans for reform of the Mental Health Act and shortfalls in the Mental Health Alliance’s report.
 
Featured blog 
 
Article ImageWhat should happen when things go wrong?
 
Martyn Coyle has been an advocacy campaigner for over 15 years. He runs True Voice as an independent consultant and continues to promote the importance of independent advocacy. 
 
In his blog for NSUN he looks at the ways the mental health system continues to deny people their basic rights, especially those who are voluntarily on inpatient wards.
 
 
We will be running special Mental Health Act review blog features during the process of the review. If you would like to share your thoughts on this then do get in touch with us by email or call 020 7820 8982.
 
Selected blogs 
 
When it was announced, the appointed chair,Simon Wessely blogged about the review in the Huffingdon Post
 
Community Care provided a good context round up here
 
Mental Health Cop published a two part blog: chapter 1 / chapter 2
 
Full Fact raised an important point: detentions under the Mental Halth Act have risen sharply
 
Clare Allan also focused on detentions in her piece 'I've been sectioned under the Mental Health Act....a review won't fix the crisis'
 
Statements by other organisations 
 
mh speak The following organisations have commented on the review:
 
 
 
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Government communications concerning the review:
 
Press release
Titled 'prime minister announces review to tackle detention of those with mental ill health', the government's announcement does not seem to describe a full review of the Mental Health Act; instead, there is a specific focus on the topic of detention
 
Policy paper (terms of reference)
Please visit Gov.UK to download the policy paper
 
Statement by Jeremy Hunt
This statement was published in the Hansard Online

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NSUN 30th Oct 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 30 October 2017
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Monday 30 October 2017
 
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
It's nearly Halloween, so it's that time of year again, that time when we see the inappropriate sale of 'psycho costumes'.This year the 'Psychotic Zombie Nympho made an appearance on the list of 'treats'. Is it naive to think that after the previous years of lobbying by mental health organisations and since the public apology issued by Asda in 2013 for selling the 'mental patient fancy dress costume'we would see the end of the manufacturing of these costumes?
 
Read more in the 'mental health in the news' section below where we have a few more related articles. Here's something to make with your pumpkin innards!
Happy Halloween!
                              .Pumpikins
 
 
NSUN news 
 
This week we are launching our new website. We will be continuing to update content over the coming weeks so do let us know if there isany content you used on the old website that you can't find on the new.
 
Supporting NSUN
 
If you would like to support our work you can either donate via our Total Giving page or raise money without any extra cost to you by shopping online through The Giving Machine.
 
Selected blogs 
 
This week, we invite you to pay a visit to a blog collection by Recovery In The Bin (RITB). You may already know about RITB, grassrooots mental health survivor group, which has a Facebook stronghold. On their website, RITB members have recently blogged about welfare, race inequalities, and the universal basic income concept. The blogs are thought provoking.
 
From Disability Arts Online, Dolly Sen's blog The Pathologized Self.
 
 
When Hearts Turn Black 
 
A story of a Human Rights Activist, a book about persecution, conspiracy and brutality
 
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The book is the first-hand account of Caroline Green who was taken from her home by doctors, police and social workers under section 2 of the 1983 Mental Health Act one hour after she informed several individuals, some of them personally-known prominent members of society, and her father, that she would be reporting them for crimes against children. However, according to her section notes she was detained under court warrant because ‘there were concerns she had lost weight'.
 
 
When Hearts Turned Black describes Caroline's journey from Marketing Director at Sky Deutschland to Human Rights Activist and how her persecution began when she published information about secret nuclear weapons programmes to her social media channels.
 
The journey of uncovering the Truth led her to the depths of conspiracy between the police, the medical profession and the judiciary. Her stay in intensive psychiatric units revealed that the Mental Health Act is being regularly used as a tool to silence paedophile whistle-blowers.
Caroline intends to advocate for a patient she met in The Huntercombe Hospital in Roehampton, a vulnerable woman who was raped by 5 police in a cell. She will raise the case with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
 
She has reported failing standards of care at The Huntercombe Hospital, Roehampton and Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton to the Care Quality Commission and will follow the independent investigation closely.
 
Caroline's book can be pre-ordered via her Kickstarter project here.
 
Celebrating participation in healthcare community grants – apply now! 
 
Closing 31 October
Article Image Has your voluntary/community group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,000 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen participation in healthcare.
 
In your application you will need to tell NHS England about how you have involved patients and citizens in a healthcare project, and how you plan to use the grant to share and showcase your work in a creative way.
 
The grants can only be awarded to a voluntary organisation.

The dedicated webpage has all the guidance you need to read before applying alongside the application form itself.
 
Guidance on local suicide prevention 
 
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In partnership with Public Health England and supported by Meadows Communications, The National Suicide Prevention Alliance have launched a new practice resource for local authority public health teams to develop local suicide prevention plans.
 
On their dedicated pages you will find a range of resources offering in-depth advice and insight.
 
Free peer counselling skills programme - all man 
 
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In today's society it is all too easy to feel lonely and disconnected from others and this can have a negative impact on our mental health and the quality of our life.
 
This very special male only programme addresses this issue.
 
 
 
Date: 3 November
Time: 10:30 – 16:30
Venue: Cripplegate Foundation, 13 Elliott’s Place, London N1 8HX 
Cost: Free
 
For more information and booking please visit this page.
 
CQC publish important mental health reports 
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Mental Health Act Statistics, Annual Figures 2016/17
Statistical information on the use of the Mental Health Act 1983.
 
The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2016/17
The Care Quality Commission's (CQC’s) annual analysis of the quality of health and adult social care in England, based on the findings of its inspections.
 
Take part in a project on reducing health inequalities for inclusion health groups 
You can participate in a survey and a workshop
 
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Workshop: 'what works' in reducing health inequalities
 
For organisations working with inclusion health groups (vulnerable homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, gypsy and travellers, and sex workers) and people with lived experience.
 
More information and booking available here.
Date: 3 November
Time: 12.30 - 15.30
Place: London
Cost: Free
 
Survey: Activity with Inclusion Health Groups and Equality Monitoring
 
All Health and Wellbeing Alliance members are requested to complete this survey to inform the Inclusion Health Groups project. The purpose of this survey is to find out whether Alliance members are working with the four specific inclusion health groups: Gypsies and Travellers, homeless people, sex workers and vulnerable migrants (asylum seekers and refugees)
Please repond by 23 October - the survey is only 3 pages long.

Workshop: 'what works' in reducing health inequalities
For organisations working with inclusion health groups (vulnerable homeless people, asylum seekers and refugees, gypsy and travellers, and sex workers) and people with lived experience.
 
More information and booking available here.
 
Growing the Clubhouse Model of support 
 
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Mosaic Clubhouse in Lambeth, (London) is building on its recognition for success in supporting people with mental illness, by developing a plan to grow more clubhouses in the UK.
 
Having recently secured awards and widespread media coverage, the Board of Trustees at Mosaic Clubhouse now feels the time is right to share the successes of the model and support other communities to achieve the benefits of fully co-produced and delivered, socially-inclusive, cost-effective mental health recovery.
 
Gateshead Clubhouse is a mental health community hub in the North East run entirely by its members.There aim is to provide the positive side of having a building-based service, while recognising that if left in isolation, these kinds of services can be institutionalised and stagnant, the input of external people, activities and new members is akin to having freshwater run into a stream.
 
Gateshead Clubhouse aims to provide a service where people with mental health needs can access a range of facilities within a supportive and safe environment. This is where recovery and self-growth can be encouraged through the sharing of skills and abilities of all our members, with further encouragement and help from other associates. Members can get involved in the day to day running of the Clubhouse and participate in a wide range of courses and activities. 
Open Monday - Friday between 11am - 4:30pm (including Bank Holidays).
There is also an Out-of-Hours service run by Mental Health Matters (MHM) Staff on Thursday from 4:30pm - 8:00pm as well as Saturday - Sunday from 12:30pm - 4:30pm
 
 
Three co-design workshops 
 
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Bidean and CW+ invite you to a series of three workshops to improve the mental health assessment room at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Bidean, a social enterprise that generates concepts to support well-being and recovery by co-designing with those who are experiencing mental distress is working in partnership with CW+ the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to involve people in enhancing the care environment.

No experience is necessary, if you are interested please contact sara@bidean.co.ukThey are currently gathering the group and agreeing on suitable dates to hold the workshops at SMART, 15 Gertrude St, Chelsea London SW10 0JN
 
The Wellbeing Haven Westminster 
 
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 The Wellbeing Haven Westminster is based at The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street London, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU. We are offering a range of activities, drop ins, socials, classes, events, workshops and trips to help improve health and wellbeing of people living in Westminster.
 
We also have one to one support for emotional wellbeing,  back to work or self-employment support, various volunteering opportunities and other community initiatives.  
 
We are working in partnership with different voluntary and statutory organisations and are always interested in developing new partnerships. We are regularly starting new activities and events. Please visit our website or subscribe to our regular bulletin to find out more about what is happening now.
 
Website address: www.theabbeycentre.org.uk    
Tel: 0207 222 0303   The Abbey Community Centre, 34 Great Smith Street London, Westminster, London SW1P 3BU.
 
The Green Light Discussion Forum 
 
Announcing the launch  of the Green Light Discussion Forum
The Green Light Toolkit helps mental health services respond effectively to people who have autism or learning disabilities in addition to mental health difficulties. If working on Green Light issues is part of your role, or if you are interested in this topic, the Green Light Discussion Forum is for you. The purpose of the Green Light Discussion Forum is to exchange ideas and solutions so that people receive good support.
 
How will it work?
We use an online discussion forum called “Yammer”. If you’re new to Yammer, don’t worry, it’s pretty intuitive - for those that use Facebook, it looks and feels similar, but is a private network where discussions and resources are only available to invited members. Your invite will include a help sheet and some signposts to other guides once you’ve signed in.
 
Who can join?
The Forum is open to anyone who is interested in sharing online discussion and seeking positive solutions. People themselves, family and friends, mental health staff, people working in learning disability services who are interested in supporting people with mental health issues, and anyone else with an interest in the subject. We will keep an eye on the discussion and try to ensure that people participate constructively and respectfully.
 
How do I join? What happens next?
Send your email address to drew.llewellyn@ndti.org.uk and she will reply with a link called “accept Invitation” for you to click and register on a sign up screen. If you already have a Yammer account the link will simply add this network to your existing account.
 
Can I invite others to join?
Yes – please do. The more people that are registered, the better the discussions and the more value will be gained. So please look on the help sheet when it comes and follow the instructions for inviting others.
 
Charity engagement survey 
 
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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a survey of charities across health and social care to establish how much they know about ways of work with the NIHR and what they want out of collaboration.
 

The survey results will be used to undetrstand how to make it easier for charities to collaborate with NIHR Research Programmes, Research Schools and Units, Infrastructure and Faculty on shared interest.

Anyone working at a health or social care charity is welcome to take part in the survey, and more than one person per charity can respond.

The survey is open until 5pm Thursday 7 December.
 
Self-harm among Girls rose by 68% in 3 years 

A study by the University of Manchester has found that reports of self-harm among British girls aged between 13 and 16 rose by 68%.
 
The study published in the British Medical Journal, found that between 2001 and 2014, 16,912 children and adolescents were identified as having self-harmed at least once. Of these, almost three quarters (73%) were girls. The rate of self-harm was 37.4 out of every 10,000 girls, compared to 12.3 per 10,000 boys. For girls aged 13 to 16 the rate rose from 45.9 per 10,000 in 2011 to 77.0 per 10,000 in 2014. They found that children living in the poorest areas were 23% less likely to be referred in the year after their self-harm episode when compared with youngsters in the least deprived regions. Read the BMJ study here.
 
Mental health in the news 
 
The Guardian
Public service: my letter to the public: The series that gives a voice to staff in public services hit by mounting cuts and rising demand. If you work in public service and would like to write an article for the series, contact kirstie.brewer@theguardian.com
 
The Huffington Post
 
Metro
 
The Voice
 
GP
 
Norwich Evening News
 
The Scotsman
 
The Independent
 
 
 
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Help End DangerousRestraint petition triggers parliament debate
An important bill is going through parliament on Friday 3rd November. If it becomes law, it will limit the use of some of the most dangerous forms of restraint in Mental Health hospitals. It is being referred to as 'Seni’s Law', named after a young man called Seni who was tragically killed in a mental health unit due to being physically restrained. If it becomes law, it will limit the use of some of the most dangerous forms of restraint in Mental Health hospitals.

Whatever MPs may settle on, this bill has landed on Parliament because of the online petion support it got. Your voice has been heard. The news is from Change.org - read the full petition update here.
 
This research study is seeking to discover, explore and research what would help to reposition storytelling and the use of narrative across all health and social care related sectors and organisations including voluntary and charitable sectors.  The research team needs your help to explore existing approaches. You are therefore invited to share the approach which you use within your organisation to generate and learn from stories. This will help to inform this research project and assist with the development to resources to support others. Please click the link above for further information, should you wish to find out more get in touch using the following email address nursing.storyfrmwk@keele.ac.uk. The NHS England contact is rachel.white3@nhs.net.
 
CQC Public Engagement Strategy Launch
 
 
Making better use of people’s views, working closely with representative organisations and publishing simple, clear information are at the centre of CQC’s plans for engaging the public over the next four years. 
CQC have published a new strategy for how we’ll engage with the public to help make us an even stronger regulator that is always on the side of people using care services.
The strategy sets out four priorities for 2017-2021:
  1. Working with organisations that represent people who use services to help improve the quality of care.
  2. Encouraging people to share their views and experiences of care with us, improving the way we use this information and reporting on the action we take.
  3. Producing and promoting simple, clear and concise information for the public that explains what good care looks like and supports people to make decisions about services.
  4. Improving the way we work by involving and engaging the public in our policies, plans and processes.
The new strategy was produced with the help of lots of people, including people who use services and organisations that represent them.
Feel free to contact our colleague at CQC, Colin Penning at  020 7448 4523 / 07867 156105 or Colin.Penning@cqc.org.uk 
 
 
Last week, in partnership with National Suicide Prevention Alliance, PHE launched a series of case studies, films, factsheets and infographics to mark one year on from the publication of the suicide prevention planning guidance. The new resources have been developed to support local suicide prevention activity and include:
  • Case studies including work by Leeds City Council and the Fire and Rescue service to reduce social isolation, joined up working by health and justice in the West Midlands, a Citizens Advice project addressing the wider determinants of health. 
  • PHE South East and  Thames Valley Police’s real-time suicide surveillance resource pack
  • Information sheets on working with coroners, evaluating suicide prevention activity, and socioeconomic deprivation and suicidal behaviour
  • A series of films: one with Steven Gilbert, a survivor of suicide, discussing how local areas can genuinely engage people with lived experience of mental health issues; and one with Lorna Fraser, Media Advisor at Samaritans, discussing the portrayal of suicide in the media and online
  • A set of slides based on the original local suicide prevention planning guidance, which you can use to make the case for suicide prevention and good practice within it
  • A range of key stats and facts as infographic.
You can find all the resources on NSPA's website here.
 
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As discussed on Wednesday, we would appreciate your assistance with ensuring that this survey reaches a wider selection of trans people. There has been a particularly low uptake from trans people of colour. The survey closes on 1st November. Access the survey here.
 
 
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Community Gardener Connects Project

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Project Description: Community Garden St Albans project is an exciting development aiming to help local communities improve their health and wellbeing, promote community cohesion and inclusivity. Community Garden St Albans is led by CDA Herts, based on land in St Albans kindly provided by Oaklands College.

Please visit the link below to vote for us: 

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-4783

Find out more about CDA (Community Development Action Herts) here

Enterprising BME Women into Employment

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Project Description: The project will focus on engaging with the BME women who are vulnerable and facing multiple deprivations due to their ethnic background, gender, economic situation, cultural and language barriers. The project will deliver a range of skills development programmes to improve the confidence and employability of the vulnerable BME women.

Please visit the link below to vote for the North Hertfordshire Minority Ethnic Forum's project via the AVIVA Community Fund. Your kind vote will make a difference to the vulnerable people we support.

 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-406  

Find out more about the North Hertfordshire Minority Ethnic Forum here

Half Term in Hertfordshire

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Half term on a budget

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Searching for things to do with the kids this October half term? Don’t fret! There are plenty of free or budget things to do in Hertfordshire with the family next week. Check out our list of the top five.

 

 

Four million meals in 10 years

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Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) has chalked up 10 years of helping Hertfordshire's residents to live independently. The county council has commended their efforts.

 

 

A602 improvements continue

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The multi-million pound improvement programme continues on the A602 with the creation of a temporary T-junction at Wadesmill Road. We answered the most common questions about the works.

 

 

Fire service welcomes new recruits

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The newest firefighters to join Hertfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service officially passed out from their basic training. Meet the recruits.

NSUN 23rd October 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 23 October 2017
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Monday 23 October 2017
 
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Dear Viewpoint
 
As well as celebrating World Mental Health Day, October has been recognised as National Black History Month for 30 years in the UK. This week's bulletin features events and news from around the country.
 
Black History Month 2017
 
Read the African History Month discussion paper here
30 British Black Music Albums To Mark African History Month @ 30 spanning five decades! 
 
NSUN news 
 
 
Supporting NSUN
 
If you would like to support our work you can either donate via our Total Giving page or raise money without any extra cost to you by shopping online through The Giving Machine.
 
Selected blogs 
 
NSUN member Daryl runs a campaign to raise awarenes of PSSD (Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction) an irreversible sexual disfigurement caused by psychiatric drugs. Genital numbness and loss of arousal; or sexual dysfunction.
 
Daryl's blog 'the day the doctor stole my sex life' is about his story.
 
Shortly after publishing his account, Daryl interviewed Rohan, a 22 year old living in India. This blog is their conversation's transcript.
 
Funding for grassroots groups working for justice and equality 
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Edge Fund is now now open for its second funding round of the year! 
Edge Fund wil be giving around £40,000 to about 30 grass-roots groups, campaigning for effective social change. 
 
Applications from the 2nd of October until Sunday 12the of November
 
For more information, please click here
 
Charity engagement survey
 
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is developing a strategy to increase its research collaboration with charities; whether they are conducting medical research or delivering services to patients /service users.
 
This survey is part of a benchmarking exercise to assess your organisation's awareness of us, give feedback on how we can improve our engagement, and provide an opportunity to sign up to help co-develop the strategy.
 
To take the survey please visit here. The deadline for responses is 5pm Thursday 7 December.
 
 
British Institute of Human Rights launch short guide for mental health advocates 
 
Article Image This short 8 page guide builds on BIHR’s work with health and well-being advocates.

This guide will help you understand how human rights are relevant to the issues
you or your clients experience when accessing health, care and other services.
 
 
Together for Mental Wellbeing appoint new Chair 
National mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing has appointed Dr Carol Cole as Chair of its Board of Trustees
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Carol has been involved in the leadership, design and delivery of strategic change throughout her career.
 
She trained as a clinical psychologist in mental health and community care, becoming a visiting fellow at the King’s Fund and head of health at the Office for Public Management, before establishing her own successful consultancy practice in organisation development and change management.
 
She brings extensive experience of systemic change, strategy and governance, applying psychology to enhance business and leadership effectiveness.
 
Carol has advised numerous organisations in the public and private sectors and led assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East for multinationals as well as smaller enterprises and national charities.
 
She is a non-executive director at Central London Community NHS Trust and a trustee of Action for Hearing Loss. She was previously the senior independent director at Hounslow and Richmond Community Health NHS Trust and vice-chair of Deafness Research UK and the Association of Business Psychologists. 
 
Carol will head up Together’s Board of 15 trustees, which, besides herself, includes three new appointments, Ben Thomas, Chris Munday and Sridevi Kalidindi.
 
Five members of Together’s Board have experience of using mental health services, in line with the charity’s commitment to involving people with lived experience of mental distress at every level of the organisation.
 
Carol Cole said: “It is a huge privilege to have been appointed Chair of Together for Mental Wellbeing, an organisation at the forefront of transforming the lives of people with mental health issues. I have been greatly impressed by the dedication and commitment of fellow trustees, staff and volunteers and very much look forward to working with them to help oversee the next phase of Together’s long-term mission to provide high quality, specialist services that help people lead fulfilling, independent lives.”
 
Liz Felton, CEO of Together for Mental Wellbeing, said: “Carol joins our board at a time of great opportunity and challenge for Together. As a charity leading the way in putting people who use our services in the lead, we are excited about the next steps as we begin a review of our future strategy. The need for good quality mental health support has never been greater and the contribution that people with lived experience can make never more important. We look forward to having the benefit of Carol’s experience to develop Together in a way that best supports our future ambitions.”
 
Together for Mental Wellbeing is a national charity that supports people with mental health issues to lead fulfilling and independent lives. It supports around 4,500 people every month in around 70 locations, and its services include support in the community, accommodation-based support, advocacy and criminal justice services.
 
This appointment followed an extensive external search and competitive interview process
 
Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Network Plus call & informal networking event 
Up to £1.25m funding available per network
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Following the publication of the RCUK Cross-disciplinary mental health research agenda and ESRC led webinar last month, the research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) are pleased to invite proposals for cross-disciplinary mental health network plus awards.
 
The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of networks to address mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field and to strengthen the UK mental health research base. 
 
The total funding available through this call is £9-10 million, with network plus applicants able to bid for up to £1.25 million (100% fEC) per network for up to 48 months’ duration. It is anticipated that between six and ten awards will be funded.
Details of the call are available online on the ESRC website.
 
Date: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Venue: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
 
Consultation event on crisis care in Middlesborough 
Have you used mental health crisis care services in the past 12 months?
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If so, you are invited to a free two hour event to get the views of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their carers about crisis care.
The event is not aimed at professionals, however you are welcome to come if this encourage and enables any of your service users to attend.

Date: 25 October
Time: 2-4pm
Venue: St. Mary Centre in Middlesbrough
Travel expenses available

For more information, please contact Mark Burns, Engagement Officer at Voices for Choices, C/o Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Mind Centre, 90-92, Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX
Tel: 01642 257020
Email: voicesforchoices@outlook.com
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Mental health in the news 
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
New £15 million grant scheme to improve mental healthcare
The Beyond Places of Safety fund will focus on improving urgent mental healthcare in local areas
 
Open consultation
The regulation of medical associate professions in the UK
Closes 22 December (11:59pm)
For more information please visit this page
 
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