Trainers wanted to deliver new programme for HCF Training and Development

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We are delighted to inform you that, thanks to support from Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services, HCF Training and Development will be launching a new programme called Better Boards in 2019.

Better Boards aims to improve the governance practices of trustees and management committees via in-house consultations and training. The workshops will provide practical solutions to help organisations apply the principles of the 2017 Charity Governance Code.

In order to deliver Better Boards, HCF Training and Development will be establishing a team of expert trainers with the relevant experience to engage with trustee boards.

We will be running a Train the Trainer course on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please click on the link below for more information about the programme and to download the Train the Trainer application form.

 http://www.hertscf.org.uk/hcft-better-boards---about

www.hcftraining.org.uk

Hertfordshire News

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Free Christmas activities

Christmas can be an expensive time of year, but you can enjoy the festive season without breaking the bank with our selection of free events across Hertfordshire.

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Fancy a chat over a cuppa

Our first chatter table will be taking place in the café at the Letchworth branch of Morrisons on Monday 10 December 10am to 12noon. Come along to have a chat and meet new people.

BME Advocacy Worker Job Vacancy

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North Hertfordshire Minority Ethnic Forum is a charity helping the vulnerable Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people. We are looking for a BME Advocacy Worker to provide information, advice and guidance to our clients who have language and communication barriers. Candidates must have previous experience helping BME people with advocacy/counselling, be multi/bi-lingual and have flexible working attitudes according to the need of the organisation.

Part-Time: 25 hours p/week

Salary: £12,163 for 25 hours/week, based on £18,000 if a full-time

For information or application pack, please contact 01462-440224 or email: director@nhmef.org.uk

Closing Date: 23.11.2018

Interview: 03.12.2018

www.nhmef.org.uk Charity No. 1077201

Carers in Herts Involvement/Development - Mental Health/Substance Misuse Job Advert

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Carers in Hertfordshire is a well-respected, independent, carer-led charity, established in 1995. The charity works to ensure that all Hertfordshire's unpaid family carers are recognised, valued and supported in their caring role and have the opportunity for a life outside caring and can exercise a collective voice in the county. We support adult carers and young carers and provide information and support. We also arrange a variety of ways for carers to work closely and collaboratively with professional staff in a wide range of voluntary and statutory organisations to link our services and help those organisations to develop a carer friendly focus. 3 in 5 people will be an unpaid carer at some point in their life and 1 in 3 carers will have to give up work to meet the demands of caring. Although this unpaid care saves the NHS billions of pounds a year, it comes at a cost to the unpaid family carer - physically, emotionally and financially.

We have vacancies for a Carer Support Advisor, a Carer Involvement & Development Worker - Mental Health and Substance Misuse, a Registered Manager and Care Support Workers in our Crossroads Care Service.

Click this link http://www.carersinherts.org.uk/home/contact-us/employment to view the current vacancies

Expressions of interest for PATIENT AND PUBLIC VOICE REPRESENTATIVES

Closing Date is 18th November

National Patient Safety Alert Committee

We are recruiting

PATIENT AND PUBLIC VOICE REPRESENTATIVES

If you have a desire to ensure that health and care organisations take action in response to identified patient safety risks, we would like to hear from you!

Background

Every year, over 100 messages, instructions, guidance, alerts and other communications are directed at healthcare providers through the Central Alerting System, requiring a variety of types of action, and issued by a number of different bodies and teams, in a range of formats. However, to date, the safety advice and guidance issued to the NHS does not have sufficient impact on the safety of patients, as not all organisations are reliably implementing the required actions.

 

Improving the response to patient safety alerts

The National Patient Safety Alert Committee (NaPSAC) has been newly set up with a remit to clearly identify which nationally-issued patient safety advice and guidance is safety-critical. To do this, it is putting in place common standards, so that all the organisations which issue patient safety alerts make it clear when action is needed in response to safety-critical communications.

NaPSAC is committed to involving patients, service users, carers and families and the general public in this work. We know that you will bring a wealth of insight, perspectives, expertise and experience that can help to challenge thinking, innovate and improve the way the committee carries out its work.

 

What does it involve?

As a patient and public voice (PPV) representative you would need to attend the regular NaPSAC meetings, held about every two months, and take an equal part in its deliberations and decision-making.  The committee is currently working to agree the criteria and approach to ‘credentialing’ the organisations which issue patient safety alerts.

Once these are in place, between meetings, all the committee members, including PPV representatives, will be involved in the assessment of applications from organisations looking to become ‘credentialed’. 

It is estimated that attending meetings and carrying out assessments would require up to two days’ involvement per month initially, reducing to up two days quarterly, once assessments of current issuing bodies were complete.  PPV representatives will receive travel expenses and a per-day allowance of £150 per day, or £75 per half day, for the time spent on NaPSAC activities in accordance with NHS Improvement’s agreed rating and terms for patient and public involvement at level four.

 

How to apply:

If you are interested in getting involved, please see the full role description here and application form here.

Applications should be sent to cindy.taplin@nhs.net by deadline 18th November 2018.

We will be in touch to arrange a short telephone interview for short-listed potential PPV representatives to join NaPSAC as committee members.

The PPV partners recruited will be provided with a full briefing on the work of NaPSAC, the background to how patient safety alerts are drawn up and circulated, the criteria against which bodies wishing to be credentialed will need to meet and the assessment process for this.

NaPSAC is committed to providing the necessary access and support to enable PPV representatives to fully contribute to the work.

 

If you have difficulty accessing the forms or need to receive them in other formats, please contact cindy.taplin@nhs.net or call on 07710 119361. If you would like to discuss the opportunities before expressing interest, email Cindy using the details above.  

New Positions at Resolve

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Resolve have two new job vacancies

Night Shelter Senior Project Manager

Permanent Night Shift Position – £25,155 p.a.

Closing Date for application: 5.00pm Friday 26th October 2018

Click here to view the vacancy details and information on how to apply

Night Shelter Support Worker

Permanent Night Shift Positions Full-time and Part-time

Starting Salary – £21,216 p.a. and pro-rata for part-time posts

Closing Date for application: 5.00pm Friday 26th October 2018

Click here to view the vacancy details and information on how to apply

www.resolve-online.org

World Mental Health Day

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Wednesday 10th October was World Mental Health Day and we're helping the World Health Organisation to raise awareness of mental health issues and mobilize efforts in support of better mental health. This year's theme is young people and mental health in a changing world.

Young people undertake huge changes in their lives from the daily pressures of school life, navigating the cruel online world to the impact of family/home issues. These stresses are some of the reasons why young people can be more vulnerable to mental distress and illness.

Over the last few years, there has been growing recognition of the importance of helping young people build mental resilience, but more still needs to be done. World Mental Health Day serves as an opportunity for mental health stakeholders to discuss their work, and have deeper conversations about how we can make youth mental health care a priority around the world. 

It starts with recognising the signs, and knowing how to respond. To help professionals, parents and peers to support their clients, friends and children with their mental health we've put together a free downloadable guide from one of our publications, Youth Self-harm and Suicide Awareness. Click the button below to download your free guide.

Download my free guide: Youth Self-Harm and Suicide Awareness

Mental Health Today: Why we're focusing on anorexia this World Mental Health Day

A dedicated anorexia section has been launched on the Mental Health Today website today to showcase the destructive effects that traditional media and body image can have on young people.

 It features insights about what it's like to live with anorexia and how best to respond to it, and includes video interviews from a professional and someone who is managing the condition herself.

Take a look through the hub now to find out more about the condition and its devastating impact.

NSUN Bulletin 8th October 2018

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NSUN Bulletin Monday 08 October 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 08 October edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views. As well as World Mental Health Day, this week we highlight Black History Month.
 
If you don't receive this bulletin directly from us but would like to, you can become a member and sign up for it here.
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service.
You can donate directly here.
 
We have a variety of ways you can support NSUN, including a few that will not cost you an extra penny, such as:
 
NSUN News  
 
NSUN trustee recruitment
 
Are you interested in helping to secure and shape the future of our national user led network? Find out more and how to apply here.
Closing date: Monday 8 October - midnight
 
 
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting: 25 October 2018
'The Future of Peer Support'
 
Book your place on the AGM event page. Remember, you can also book a slot for a 'Soap Box' to share your views on the future of peer support.
 
You can view Soap Box contributions from our members at our previous events on our YouTube channel.
 
 
Mental Health Act Review Stakeholder events
 
Two more stakeholder events have been set for:
  • Tuesday 16 October, London, 1-4pm Book here.
  • Wednesday 17 October, Exeter, 2-5pm Book here.
 
UPDATED 'Get to know NSUN in 3 minutes'
 
You can view the video here, updated with our new logo and website. Please do share!
 
Events - already advertised
If you haven't booked your place on already advertised events, we have collected some here.
 
Jobs and involvement opportunities - already shared
If there is still time to apply or get involved, you can find previously shared opportunities on this page.
 
Selected blog 
 
Windrush nationality scandalBlack History Month takes us back to the Windrush scandal, which saw people being brutally deported or threatened with deportation after spending a lifetime in the UK.
 
As many of them are still dealing with the trauma caused by this violation of their human rights, this blog by Amnesty International tells us that sadly, the Windrush scandal is only the tip of the iceberg.
 
#Healthwatch 2018 event 
 
Article ImageLast week Dr Alison Faulkner spoke at the national Healthwatch sixth Annual Conference in Stratford-Upon-Avon #Healthwatch2018.
 
Alison's main points were:
  • Inpatient care at times can be abusive, contravening human rights
  • Health inequalities: structural racism
  • Powerlessness to make complaints
  • Patient safety
Mental health has been the number one health and social care issue for the Healthwatch network over the past three years. Liz Sayce, Healthwatch Committee member, provided an overview of Healthwatch mental health work and Paul Framer, Mind CEO, spoke about the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health and 'parity of esteem' for mental health.
 
You can read the Healthwatch report that shares what people have been telling themHealthwatch about mental health services here.
 
Human Rights breaches in the Mental Capacity (amendment) Bill 
 
human rightsAn urgent appeal for support from People First
 
People First, an organisation led by people with learning difficulties, is appealing for support against changes which the government is planning to make to the Mental Capacity Act via its Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill.
 
The situation is now urgent, because the Bill is already progressing within Parliament.
 
The Mental Capacity Act itself falls short of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). If the Bill becomes law in its current form, there will be further breaches of human rights. Read more about the changes explained by Policy and Insights here.
 
For more information and how to support this campaign, please click here.
 
Black History Month events 
 
baptists who abolished slaveryOctober is Black History Month and the website Blacknet features events which cover history, literature and the arts.
 
Many events take place in London, but there are some in Manchester, Oxford, Dagenham and Birmingham too.
 
Please take a look at this website for a full listing
 
Black History Month Magazine online 
 
Nelson Mandela'What counts is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead' ~ Nelson Mandela
 
Black History Month Magazine, is the central point of focus and lead the nationwide celebration of Black History, Arts and Culture throughout the UK in 2018. It is available to read online for free.
 
Features include:
  • The legacy of Nelson Mandela
  • Caribbean women and the NHS
  • The Windrush Generation
  • In the shadow of Enoch Powell
  • and much more
To read the magazine, please click here
 
Book: The Colour of Madness - exploring BAME mental health in the UK 
 
the colour of madnessInspired by a range of experiences, this anthology of art, poetry, short fiction, memoirs, and essays seeks to disrupt the whitewashed narrative of mental health in the United Kingdom.

Through a journey along the visible colour spectrum, Dr Samara Linton and Rianna Walcott centre the experiences of over fifty people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, expanding our understanding of mental health to one which encompasses the full rainbow.
 
About the authors: Samara Linton qualified from University College London and is a University of Cambridge graduate. She has published research on mental health stigma and frequently writes about gender, race and health for various online publications.
 
Rianna Walcott is a PhD candidate at Kings College London, where she is researching how women of colour form communities in digital spaces, following an English literature undergraduate and masters degree at Edinburgh University. She is passionate about decolonising curricula and promoting diversity in academia, and co-founded projectmyopia.com in pursuit of that goal
 
To get a copy of the book, in kindle format or paperback, please click here
 
The Dragon Cafe celebrates reggae music 
 
reggaeThis Monday, for Black History Month, the Dragon Cafe will have Reggae on the mind, on the dance floor, on the screen and through the speakers. 
 
At 4 pm for the Dance session, Sound Maestro Martin will be playing a selection and inviting you to the dance floor. 
 
If you have any music requests throughout the day Martin will be happy to play them when/if possible. 
 
From 6 pm enjoy a Musical Movie Night with a fantastic documentary about a legend, giving great insight to the life and politics that inspired some wonderful music and lyrics.
 
The Dragon cafe is at the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church,  Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
 
Cornwall community of practice: mental health II 
 
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Communities of practice seek to build on local skills, knowledge and partnership working among frontline staff. This will be a great opportunity to increase partnership links between the homelessness sector and mental health, as well as to learn more about the assessment process for mental health services.
 
Date: 24 October
Time: 12noon - 03:30pm
Venue: St Erme Community Centre Truro TR4 9BD
 
This event is free to attend, and open to all people working on the frontline in homelessness and related-fields across Cornwall.
 
For more information and to book a place, please click here.
 
LGBTQI+ Diversity – Building Solidarity Symposium 
 
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An event to highlight the many sides of London’s diverse LGBTQI+ community. The symposium will look for shared goals, build solidarity and raise the voices of the most excluded in our rainbow family.
 
Co-produced with Intersex UK, Rainbow Pilgrims, Regard DDPO, Twilight People, Gendered Intelligence, AIDS Memorial campaign and other user-led projects.
 
Open to intersectional LGBTQI+ people and their allies, charities, campaigners, policy makers, funders and service providers.
 
Date: Friday 12 October 2018 
Time: 11.00-16.00, arrivals from 10am, tactical tea and cakes until 5pm
Venue: Lift, 45 White Lion Street, N1 9PW
 
To register your interest email mhairi@reap.org.uk or 07756 939 187 with any access or dietary needs.
 
World Mental Health Day in North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead 
 
togethernessNorth Tyneside:
Date: 12 October
Time: 11;30am - 05pm
Venue: Cullercoat Crescent Club NE30 4PN
0191 223 0382 / launchpadnt@gmail.com
 
#NTWMHT18
 
Newcastle:
Date: 06 October
Time: 11am - 03pm
Venue: Central Library, Newcastle Upon Tyne
 
@NCLMHDAY
 
Gateshead:
Date: 10 October
Time: 11am - 03pm
Venue: Shipley Art Gallery
Mish Lorraine: 0191 477 7381 / MLoraine@mhm.org.uk
 
Young People and Mental Health - What's Society got to do with it? 
 
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The theme of World Mental Health Day on 10 October is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. 
 
The number of young people reporting a mental health problem has multiplied by six in 2 decades.
 
75% of mental heath problems set in by age 24 and 50% by age 14. We’d better do something about it.
 
We hear calls for more treatment. But if, as the World Health Organisation says, mental illness is socially produced, is medicine the answer, and is it what young people want?
 
Join Talk for Health FREE for short talks and conversation with expert young speakers and those with pioneering new approaches.
Date:10 October
Time: 06pm - 08pm
Venue: Islington Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD
 
To book your place, please click here
 
World Mental Health Day at Blackfriars Settlement 
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Date: Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: The Foyer open space, Blackfriars Settlement: 1 Rushworth St, SE1 0RB
 
Fruits, Tea & Toast, Coffee & Cakes
Bring your own lunch & refreshments
Come together to chit-chat, share art works, stories, meet friends
 
Followed by a group visit to the Tate Gallery from 2pm
 
Seminar: Surviving student life as a voice hearer 
 
SymposiumThis free event is organised by the Collaborating Centre of Values-Based Practice, St Catherine's College, Oxford.
 
Speakers include:
  • Dr Roz Austin (Network Lead of the Educational Voice-hearing Network)
  • Dr David Crepaz-Keay (The Mental Health Foundation)
  • Dr Louise Johns (Oxford University)
  • Olivier Bazin (Oxford Mindfulness Centre)
Date: 28 November
Time: 10am - 04pm
Venue: St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ
To book your place, please visit this page.
 
Mad In America: How Modern Psychiatry Came to Be 
 
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This week on Mad In America Robert Whitaker goes over the history of “How Modern Psychiatry Came to Be”.
 
 
John Read and Sue Cunliffe's podcast on the 57th Maudsley Debate in London, focuses on whether ECT has a place in modern medicine. And on the Science and Pseudoscience podcast, Sharna Olfman speaks with physician Zach Bush about current research on epigenetics and the microbiome.
 
UCL mental health researchers to benefit from multi-million pound investment 
 
Article ImageTwo UCL researchers were successful in securing funding from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), following their recent announcement to invest £8 million in new mental health research networks. Professor Sonia Johnson and Dr Daisy Fancourt will join six other networks designed to broaden mental health research, and will each receive £1.25 million over four years from across the research councils.
 
They aim to bring together experts, key community organisations and people with lived experience to investigate loneliness and social isolation in mental health
 
Read more here.
 
In the news 
 
London School of Economics
 
The Windrush Generation have been treated appallingly. EU migrants may expect an even worse deal
 
The Independent
 
Antidepressants cause withdrawal symptoms in over half of patients who try to quit them, review shows
 
Disability News Service (DNS)
 
A charity has refused to criticise the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over four deaths linked to universal credit, hours after a minister announced it would receive tens of millions of pounds to support claimants on the new benefit system.
 
Both Bipolar UK and the Epilepsy Society are facing questions over their close links to the Conservative party.
 
The Guardian
 
Very few patients in high secure hospitals have convictions for anything as horrible as Ian Brady’s crimes, and some have no criminal conviction at all, writes Mat Kinton
 
PTSD rates increase in UK military personnel, research suggests
 
BBC News
 
The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by 26% over the past five years, Education Policy Institute (EPI) research suggests
 
Huffington Post
 
One in three people have experienced a decline in mental health while waiting for a doctor’s appointment, according to a survey of 8,000 people.
 
Young women's mentl health needs to become a priority.
 
Mental health in the Long-Term Plan for the NHS | SUC Feedback: survey and workshop 
 
Article ImageThe government has announced a 3.4% funding settlement for NHS England over the next 5 years and the NHS England Mental Health team will be putting forward a plan that spells out the priorities for mental health. NHS England has drafted a list of questions which are being sent to stakeholders.
Survey
Researchers at the National Collaborating centre for Mental Health would like to hear from you if:
  • You have or have had a mental health problem
  • You care or have cared for someone with a mental health problem
  • You have or have had a long-term physical health problem and have or have had mental health problems associated with this.
To map the needs of the long-term funding settlement, it is important to get the best understanding of your experience and what, in your opinion, good mental health care should look like.
 
Please let the researchers know and help us to identify those challenges by completing this survey by Friday 26 October 2018
The survey is anonymous. What you submit will be sent to NHS England for consideration.
 
Please contact Emanuela Russo emanuela.russo@rcpsych.ac.uk / 020 3701 2600 if you would like to receive a Word version of the questionnaire to complete offline, or if you would like a hard copy to be sent with a stamped addressed envelope. If you need more time to complete the survey, please let Emanuela know.
 
Workshop
A workshop will take place on Tuesday 30 October 2018, 11am-4pm, at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The aim of the workshop is to discuss the key themes from the survey responses and consider what elements to prioritise and submit to NHS England.

Please let Emanuela know by Tuesday 16 October 2018 if you would like to attend. Travel to and from the meeting will be organised and paid for: emanuela.russo@rcpsych.ac.uk / 020 3701 2600
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World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London 10/11October. The summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health.
Find out more here tweet #TheWorldNeeds.
 
Matt Hancock warns of dangers of social media on children’s mental health
The Chief Medical Officer is reviewing the impact that too much social media use can have on children’s mental health and will draw up guidance to help parents.

£240 million social care investment to ease NHS winter pressures
The investment in adult social care this winter will help local authorities reduce pressures on the NHS by getting patients home quicker and freeing up hospital beds across England.
 
Mental Health Act Review EVENTS
Following the publication of the Interim Report in May, 18 topic groups were set up in July based on each of the main themes. Proposals from the Topic Groups have been finalised. Two events were held during August which set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far and another two are planned for October.
 
Two more stakeholder events have been set for:
  • Tuesday 16th October, London, 1-4pm Book here.
  • Wednesday 17th October, Exeter, 2-5pm Book here.
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Consultation on Hertfordshire learning disabilities strategy

Joint Commissioning Strategy for learning disabilities:

REMINDER:

The current Joint Commissioning Strategy for learning disabilities ends March 2019. The next strategy sets out our ambitions and priorities for 2019-2024, and is broken down into three key areas; being healthy, living locally and involvement in local communities.

The public consultation is now open, closing 9th November 2018, and seeks to find out the views of people with learning disabilities, those who support people with learning disabilities and other interested parties on our draft Learning Disabilities Strategy. The Joint Commissioning Strategy has been created in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group.

You can complete the consultation survey and look at the easy read draft strategy by visiting www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/ldconsultation

Support to complete the consultation is available; if this is required please email ACSCommissioning.Support@hertfordshire.gov.uk or phone 0300 123 4040.

Health Service Journal Awards Shortlisting:

Ted Maddex our commissioning lead for unpaid Carers has worked with NHS organisations and voluntary sector partners on a submission to the Health Service Journal Awards.

Our bid describes the achievements and plans across the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainable Transformational Partnership (STP) to improve the health and wellbeing of carers. We are very pleased to announce that the bid has been shortlisted for the System Led Support for Carers Award. The final winner will be announced in November but achieving this shortlisting in the face of stiff national competitions is a great recognition of the work of a wide range of Hertfordshire & West Essex organisations.

Voluntary and Community Sector Conference “Connecting Lives and Combating Loneliness”

The conference will take place at the Fielder Centre, Hatfield Avenue, Hatfield , AL10 9TP on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

This year’s conference will feature guest speaker Andy Nazer who is the Campaign Manager to End Loneliness in England.

There will be many opportunities for “Networking” and many provider stands to visit and peruse

Conference agenda is available via this link

If you are a member of the voluntary sector and are interested in attending this conference please follow this link to book a ticket. Places are limited and are going fast

Help to improve our services for carers by completing our survey

Over the next month we will be asking a selection of carers to complete a survey to get their views on the services they and the person they care for receive and their quality of life.

The more carers who take part, the more useful the results will be to help us assess and improve our local services. Nationally this survey is very important in helping us understand the views and experiences of carers.

We would be very grateful if you could promote the survey and encourage carers who receive it to return it to us by the 28th November 2018. If you have any queries or concerns about the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Helen at helen.mirams@hertfordshire.gov.uk or 01438 844210.

New Courses Added in December Due to Popular Demand!

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Due to some courses becoming fully booked so early in term we are repeating some courses and have a brand new courses as well;

 

Self-compassion for everyday life, St Albans, Tuesday 4th December 10am-1pm

*NEW* Pain explained, Hemel Hempstead, Wednesday 12th December 2pm-5pm

Understanding anxiety, Hemel Hempstead, Thursday 13th December 2pm-5pm

Wellbeing and creativity, Watford, Monday 17th December 10am-1pm

*NEW* Pain explained, Letchworth, Wednesday 19th December 10am-1pm

Understanding depression, Stevenage, Wednesday 19th December 10am-1pm

 

To book on these or any of our FREE courses log onto your student page at www.newleafcollege.co.uk

 

New Leaf Wellbeing College

Office: 01442 864966

www.newleafcollege.co.uk

Autumn term is open for booking at www.newleafcollege.co.uk/Courses New for this term are Wellbeing & creativity, Self-compassion for everyday life, Five steps to wellbeing and Introduction to addiction & recovery

Inquiry into Safeguarding Vulnerable Missing Adults

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Ann Coffey MP, as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults led the 'Inquiry into safeguarding missing adults who have mental health issues'.

The inquiry was launched with the aims of:

  • Developing a better understanding of the current response when an adult goes missing, and the support provided upon their return.

  • Developing a better understanding of which agencies are or should be involved when an adult returns from missing.

  • Understanding what additional support and interventions could help these vulnerable adults, including what could prevent future missing episodes.

As co-secretariat to the APPG, Missing People carried out consultation with people who have previously been missing, their families and professionals who work with them; analysed responses to a call for evidence sent to police forces and other relevant agencies; and supported parliamentary roundtable meetings attended by experts from a variety of fields.

NSUN Bulletin 17th Sept

NSUN Bulletin Monday 17 September 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 17 September 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 17 September edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
 
If you don't receive this bulletin directly from us but would like to, you can sign up for it here.
 
On 6 September, Mad In the UK launched. The website welcomes contributions. See our feature below.
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service.
You can donate directly here.
 
We have a variety of ways you can support NSUN, including a few that will not cost you an extra penny, such as:
 
NSUN News  
 
Help us lobby the Mental Health Act Review
 
Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review,  NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups. Can you help with suggestions? To get involved, please click here. 
 
To read the related article by John Pring, Disability News Service, please click here
 
 
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting - The Future of Peer Support
 
Please bookmark the AGM event page on our website - you can refer to it whenever you feel ready to book your place.
 
 
UPDATED 'Get to know NSUN in 3 minutes'
 
You can view the video here, updated with our new logo and website. Please do share!
 
Selected blogs 
 
Suicide Is One The World's Great Public Health Challenges
 
Paula Sherriff, Labour MP for Dewsbury and shadow minister for mental health, on why we need a different approach
 
 
What Does it Mean to be Anti-Psychiatry?

Thoughts of a Cartoon Anteater by Auntie Psychiatry
 
 
The uncomfortable truth is that many psychiatric wards have a culture of sexual assault

Jay Watts finds that the idea that people, predominantly girls and women, are too mad, too bad and too sad to be believed has been used to silence people since time immemorial
 
 
Support the making of a collection of survivors' works  
 
riding the storms artworkRiding the Storms is a book of stories, poems, photography and artwork created by people who are reflecting on, and even embracing, the pain of their mental suffering.
 
The contributions in Riding the Storms have arisen out of a project backed by Recovery Devon, working with people experiencing mental distress, of all backgrounds and ages.
 
Recovery Devon has funded project work to date but is not able to pay for the publication of the book. The money raised will pay for the editing, design, printing, promotion and distribution. 
 
For more information about this project and how to support it, please visit this page
 
Dolly Sen has been guest editing Disability Arts Online 
 
Dolly SenCreative survivor Dolly Sen has been guest editing Disability Arts Online (DAO) since early August and is due to continue her tenure until at least mid-September.
 
Her own recent posts have ranged from a short film inviting you to play Mad Bingo, poems to stand against the world with, a blog that doesn’t exist, and a series of Unreasonable Adjustments cartoons.
 
To read more about Dolly's guest editing work at DAO, please visit this page
 
Dolly is also crowdfunding for the second part of her mental health film trilogy. 
 
Sexual safety is major issue in menal health wards, says CQC 
 
report by the CQC has found that people who use mental health services do not always feel that they are kept safe from unwanted sexual behaviour.
 
The report calls for co-produced guidance that enables everyone delivering mental health services to do the right thing about sexual safety.
 
New funding to help patients have their say on health services 
 
NHS EnglandThe Building Health Partnerships programme has been awarded £450k from NHS England and the National Lottery to support co-production in 10 areas, so patients and carers can be more easily involved in designing services.
 
To read more about this, please click here
 
Grants for womens peer support - apply until 15 October 
 
women peer support grants (Mind & Agenda)Mind and Agenda are working together in partnership to deliver £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants.
 
This new programme will fund and enable community-based peer support that reaches around 4,500 women.  
 
Who can apply?
Organisations / partnerships, based in England and Wales, that can demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.
  • Mind and Agenda expect to make 80 to 90 awards.
  • Projects will be funded for a maximum of one year.
  • Applications must be made before 15 October.
For more information and how to apply, please visit this page
 
NSUN member recommends mental health phone apps 
 
mood meterOne of our members contacted us with recommendations concerning mental health phone apps.
 
'I've recently started using this app [Mindcare] to measure how I feel throughout the day.', says NSUN member.
 
'It's good because you can be mindful of how you are feeling and make any adjustments. I find it useful as I have Borderline Personality. It will analyse your results too. It's not the answer to mental health problems, but it may be a help.' 
 
'The Mindcare is for android phones and 'Mood Meter' is for iphones.'
 
Links to download the apps:
MindCare recommended for Android, even though there is an iPhone version.
Mood Meter recommended for iPhone, even though there is a version for Android.
 
Service user involvement role with the Advocacy Project (London) 
 
The Advocacy Project
The Advocacy Project is currently looking for people who have experienced mental health issues either as an individual or carer.
 
This is to feed into a London-wide mental health programme called Adult Mental Health Transformation Programme that is delivered by NHS England in collaboration with the Healthy London Partnership.
 
The programme is made up of six workstreams:
  • increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT)
  • digital IAPT
  • early intervention in psychosis
  • MH in Integrated Care Systems
  • London Mental Health Transformation Board
  • perinatal mental health
This is an exciting opportunity for London-based service users and carers to shape the work of the mental health programme.
 
The Advocacy Project is recruiting two people per workstream and a wider network of people to comment on workstream papers and plans.
 
This is a voluntary post however the Advocacy Project expects that the role could lead to employment or further opportunities for individuals.
 
Volunteers will receive training and support to complete their role.
 
To find out how to apply, please contact Bonnie Studd bonnie@advocacyproject.org.uk/ 020 3960 7910 by Monday 17 September.
 
Please note that this is the initial deadline and people will have an opportunity to take part beyond this date
 
Hertfordshire Partnership - Recovery Week 
 
Hertfodshire Partnership Foundation Trust (HPFT) would like to welcome people using local services, carers, professionals and members of the public to join us for 
a day of learning and networking
 
HPFT will be holding a local recovery conference, from 10am to 4pm, at the following venues :
In addition HPFT will be holding an evening event, from 6.00 to 8.30pm, at:
HPFT would like to encourage you to attend the event at your closest location. Please book via the Eventbrite links above or by calling Divya Nair on 
01438 730802.
 
HPFT are planning to offer free transport for people using local services, and carers, depending on the level of demand. 
 
World Mental Health Day event in Bolton 
 
WMD event in bolton
Young people & mental health in a changing world
 
There’ll be information, stalls and activities including:
yoga, videos, dance, a choir, photo booth, presentations and more

Date: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Venue: University of Bolton, Chancellor’s Mall,University Way, Bolton, BL3 5AB
 
For more information please contact Nireexa Solanki
TEL 01204 380643 - Mobile 07549 923 201
Nireexa.Solanki@family-action.org.uk
band.org.uk / facebook.com/bandbolton / twitter.com/bandbolton
 
World Mental Health Day in London 
 
speakers corner
DETAIN ● RESTRAIN ● INJECTIONS 
18:00 PM - NO tickets exist - ticket NOT required
 
Put on your thermals (or body warmer) and come and enjoy the FREE soapbox about MENTAL HEALTH experiences on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY at a (TEMPORARY) SPEAKERS CORNER in London.
 
Everyone is welcome to enjoy listening or speaking, as an individual, whether mentally ill or not - look forward to seeing you!
 
Date: 10 October
Time: 06pm - 08pm
Venue: Speakers' Corner, Cumberland Gate (corner of Park Lane), W1H 7EL Hyde Park (by Marble Arch), United Kingdom
 
For more information, please visit this page
 
One-day event celebrating the power of thought-provoking storytelling 
 
being the story
Being the Story is a an immersive storytelling day which gives a platform to extraordinary individuals with lived experiences who are creating change through their work.
 
Date: 19 October
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Conway Hall in London

Who is it for?
The Being the Story experience is for people working in or for the charity sector or socially-minded individuals who are interested in the power of storytelling and the impact it can have to challenge prejudice, reframe narratives, raise awareness, engage supporters and generate funds.
 
People attending will include: CEOs and senior management; communications, digital, campaign and marketing staff; funders, fundraisers, service users and expert citizens; frontline/outreach staff; staff working in CSR for corporate organisations, change-makers who want to develop the confidence to share their own personal story; and journalists.
 
How will it help you?
The organisers say you will leave the event with:
» an understanding of the power of storytelling
» ideas for how to tell your organisation's story differently, with more authenticity, to build trust and to encourage supporters to take action
» inspiration about how to gather stories and find new creative ways to share them
» confidence to share your own experiences, or support others to do so
» connections and potential future partnerships
» inspiration – you may be challenged by what you hear, perhaps feeling angry or moved, but you will be engaged and motivated.
 
For more information and to book a place, please visit the website
 
The care programme approach - time to move on? 
 
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The Care Programme Approach (CPA) model is nearly 30 years old. Ideas about rehabilitation, service user involvement and recovery have undergone seismic changes during this time.
 
This event will explore whether the life of the CPA come to a natural end.
 
With evidence showing strongly that service users thrive using the Recovery model, is it time to discard the old ways and embrace a new recovery framework for care planning in mental health?
 
Date: 01 November
Time: 09:30am - 04:00pm
VenueCity, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
 
For more information and to book a place, please click here
 
Coming soon - Peerfest 
 
PeerfestThis year, the annual celebration of peer support will be hosted by Thurrock Mind who came through as the chosen user-led peer support project to host Peerfest18
 
Date: 20 October
Bookings open: 05 September
 
Programme: worshops, activities, the Marsh Awards and muvh more.
 
To attend, get involved, or run your own activity, please take a look here.
 
In the news 
 
DWP
Disability News Service (DNS)
 
This week, DNS has found that new government research shows that hundreds of thousands more claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) would have taken further steps to challenge the results of their claims if the system had been less stressful and more accessible.
 
DNS also reports that the government has been accused of publishing a “deeply unsatisfying” response to a devastating report by a UN committee that concluded last year that the UK had been “going backwards” on independent living.
 
 
The Guardian
 
Reports that, desput a funding pledge, the NHS mental health crisis worsens as 2,000 staff quit per month.
 
The Guardian also finds that mental health issues in young people are up sixfold in England since 1995.
 
Gay Star News
 
Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander has appeared in a powerful new video speaking about mental health awareness among LGBTQ people.
The video has been released to coincide with World Suicide Prevention Day [10 September].
 
Huffington Post
 
Reports that suicide in young women and girls is rising sharply.
 
The Independent
 
Duke of Cambridge has launched an initiative to support mental health at work.
 
New Kindred Minds Manifesto appeal 
 
Kindred Minds ManifestoNew Kindred Minds have launched crowdfunding appeals for Manifesto design, publication and launch event costs
 
Please help if you can
 
Reminder 
 
don't forgetEvents - already advertised
 
If you haven't booked your place on already advertised events, we have collected some here
 
Jobs and involvement opportunities - already shared
 
If there is still time to apply or get involved, you can find previously shared opportunities on this page
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GOV.UK news 
 
Help GOV.UK improve Department of Health and Social Care online content
Web contents producers at GOV.UK are seeking users who actively use the platform for health related content.
 
A six month project on the content transformation of the Department of Health and Social Care on GOV.UK  will ensure that visitors using GOV.UK can search for information easily, understand content better and access the information they need more efficiently.
 
As part of the content transformation process a team of contents designers be conducting user research at various stages and are seeking participation from the general public, medical practitioners, experts who work in the healthcare field and those who work in health related organisations. 
 
The following activities have been planned:
 
Individual research session
The contents designers would like to invite individuals to attend a telephone session or come to their DHSC offices.
 
The session will involve general questions about the participant, perhaps their work, how they use GOV.UK and they may get to use a computer to describe how they search for information.
 
The whole session will take about 30 to 45 minutes.  
 
Available slot dates will be from 10 September to 21 September.
 
Group research session
Content designers would also like to hold a user research group session at our premises in London on 20 September.
 
This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the team and other participants.
 
The aim will be a series of activities in a 2 hour session to help contents designers improve their taxonomy.
 
How to get involved
If you regularly use or search for health related contents on GOV.UK and are interested in taking part in this project, please contact:
 
Samantha Watson, Content Designer
Content Transformation, Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria Street, SW1H 0EU
E: samantha.watson@dh.gsi.gov.uk 
T: 020 7972 5988
 
 
World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London this October.
The summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health. Find out more here.
 
Mental Health Act Review UPDATE 
 
Following the publication of the Interim Report in May, 18 topic groups were set up in July based on each of the main themes. Proposals from the Topic Groups are being finalised by 14 September. Two events were held during August which set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far and another two are planned for early October. The final report is due mid-December.

The Exeter workshop, Tuesday 21 August has been cancelled but a new date will be confirmed soon.
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New Leaf Wellbeing College at the Recovery Conference - free extra course!

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New Leaf Wellbeing College will be running a short course at the Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust Recovery events on Hope and Opportunity - what do these mean on your Recovery journey?

The Stanborough Centre, Watford (Monday 8 October)
Book now at https://recoveryconferencewatford.eventbrite.co.uk

The Arts and Leisure Centre, Stevenage (Wednesday 10 October)
Book now at https://recoveryconferencestevenage.eventbrite.co.uk

Wodson Sports and Leisure Centre, Ware (Thursday 11 October)
Book now at https://recoveryconferenceware.eventbrite.co.uk

In addition we will be holding an event at HPFT Development Centre, The Colonnades, Hatfield (Tuesday 9 October) 6:00-8:30pm
Book now at https://recoveryeventhatfield.eventbrite.co.uk

New Leaf Wellbeing College will be putting on a session within each of the four events and you’re invited to come along and take part - the events are free and include lunch and refreshments. Meet with others and hear about how Hope and Opportunity can contribute to recovery from mental health challenges.

Guideposts SW Herts Newsletter September/October 2018

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We hope you enjoy reading our autumn newsletter. In this issue:

As always, we have included articles, information, events, outings and things to look forward to. It has been a busy couple of months. There have been changes, various events and fund raising activities. Our new Hertfordshire Community Services Manager Robert Range met a number of clients for a ‘meet and greet’ session which went very well.

Read the newsletter here

Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service Stakeholder Bulletin

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12/09/18 - Issue 6

Service updates Welcome to the 6th and final issue of our redesign series.

To recap on what we’ve been doing since we announced our service changes, we have:

  • moved all clinical services into Hertford, Stevenage, Watford and Hatfield 

  • moved over to community working in Hemel Hempstead 

  • our workers have settled into their new specialised roles and teams 

  • we offer appointments at the 4 hubs and triage can be done over the phone 

  • finalised community working set up in St Albans, Borehamwood & Letchworth

Our new satellite service:

The final part of the redesign is underway with Hugill House, Waltham Cross due to close on September 28th and the new venue due to start up on Monday 1st October.

Move to Cheshunt

The new satellite service will be held in Rosedale Community Church in Cheshunt on the following days:

Tuesday: 9am–5pm  Thursday: 12-8pm  Friday: 9am-5pm

The venue has rooms for groups, one-to-ones, a kitchen and toilets (with disabled access).

Community working

The venue was chosen due to a high proportion of our service users living in that area and it made more sense to bring the satellite closer to them. There are also good quality transport links nearby for anyone living elsewhere.

Transport links for Rosedale Church:

Train: Waltham Cross to Cheshunt 3mins – 30mins walk from train station to venue 

Buses include the 251, 242, 310, 410 

Bus #1: High street Waltham Cross, every 20 mins to Flamsted End, 5 minute walk to satellite. 20 minute bus journey. 

Bus #2: High street Waltham Cross, every 20 mins to Churchgate Road, 5 minute walk to satellite. 15 minute bus journey. 

Bus #3: High street Waltham Cross, every 20 mins to Goffs Lane, 15 minute walk to satellite. 30 minute bus journey.

Find other buses online at: https://bustimes.org/districts/26

Further queries

If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us via herts@cgl.org.uk or speak to any of the Deputy Service Managers below: 

Heather.Brooks@cgl.org.uk – covers Watford, Hemel, Borehamwood, St Albans, Hatfield 
Raymond.Jay@cgl.org.uk – covers Letchworth, Stevenage, Hertford, Waltham Cross and Cheshunt 
Trudy.Sealy@cgl.org.uk – covers Criminal Justice, Family Safeguarding and Hospital Liaison Team

View the full bulletin here

Continuing Concerns about the Mental Health Act Review

I'm now enclosing a draft follow-up letter (please click links below) for the Mental Health Act Review Chair and Vice Chairs. I've drawn on suggestions which a number of you made for this next letter after I mentioned the problem meeting which NSUN had with the Review Chair and Vice Chairs on 13th July.  Thank you so much for your continuing support, which is hugely valuable.

 

I'm enclosing a large print copy of the letter as well and will also be including an easy read copy in my email to people with learning difficulties/disabilities.

 

The overwhelming number of people who replied expressed a preference for option (ii) at the end of the notes about the meeting with the Chair and Vice Chairs on 13th July (re-enclosed), so I've tried to word the letter accordingly. 

 

You'll notice a reference in the letter to important legal changes in Peru which are just happening. These are very exciting in human rights terms, so I've mentioned them in the recommendations as an example to follow. 

 

In the end, I haven't put together a separate letter for leaders of the main political parties and All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs). I think it's going to make more sense just to include the following points in emails to them:

· What NSUN is (i.e. a user-led organisation) and reference to the fact that the majority of co-signatories are user-led organisations, people with lived experience and allies

· Mention of the fact that we've been very concerned about the approach being taken to the MHA Review (with a copy of NSUN's original letter attached to explain why)

· The fact that we've tried to discuss our concerns with the Mental Health Act Review Chair and Vice Chairs, but have not received satisfactory responses 

· A copy of the current letter to explain why we found the responses unsatisfactory and so remain concerned

· The fact that it now seems important to approach politicians too with our concerns (with wording here adapted to fit the particular recipient) and our hope that we will now receive their support. 

Any suggestions about the letter for the Review Chair and Vice Chair, or the email points for politicians would be very welcome.

 

Also, Simon Wessely, the Review Chair,  is currently putting pressure on everyone to support the limited legal changes due to be recommended by the Review. (These fall well short of the full human rights set out in the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, of course.) He is arguing that otherwise Parliament is unlikely to support Review recommendations which are intended at least to make things better for service users, particularly linking this with the fact that there is no one party in overall power.  If anyone has ideas about wording in the letter which would address this point, it would be helpful to know.

 

Closing date for suggestions to me about the draft letter and/or about points to include in the email to politicians and APPGs: 12 noon next Monday, 17th September.

 

Thanking you so much again for your support

Draft follow up letter

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Notes from meeting with MHS Review Chair and Vice Chair

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NSUN Bulletin 10th September 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 10 September 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
 
NSUN Bulletin Monday 10 September 2018
Table of Contents
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to the 10 September edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
 
If you don't receive this bulletin directly from us but would like to, you can sign up for it here.
 
On 6 September, Mad In the UK launched. The website welcomes contributions. See our feature below.
 
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
 
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service.
You can donate directly here.
 
We have a variety of ways you can support NSUN, including a few that will not cost you an extra penny, such as:
 
NSUN News 
 
NSUN's views on 'Mental Health in the Long Term Plan for the NHS'
 
NHSThe Prime Minister has said the government will reveal a new “sustainable long term plan” for the NHS over the next year, which will be backed by ”a multiyear funding settlement”. A five year funding settlement will be mapped to this ten year plan.
 
GPs, patients and Healthcare professionals were asked to feed into the plan with a deadline of 31.8.18. Clare Murdoch is leading the mental health workstream and asked a range of stakeholders to share their priorities and contribute views on the challenges of transforming mental health services in the long term. On this page, we share NHS England's letter and our response.
 
NSUN runs work shop for HEAR Network event
 
HEAR is a pan-equality network of London equality and human rights voluntary and community sector organisations.The event 7 September, focused on celebrating and promoting the public sector (policy and frontline) working with equality and human rights Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in London. This was a follow up to the event October 2017
 
 
NSUN ran a workshop on the 4Pi National Involvement Standards and Kindred Minds Manifesto which HEAR and ROTA have heavily used with their partners in West London (8 Clinical Commissioning Groups). 
 
The event also support's HEAR and ROTA's Mental Health Equality campaign. In the open letter ROTA calls on all local Councillors, as well as the VCS and individual campaigners, to commit to the six action points that have been co-authored by Experts by Experience, user-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and BAMER organisations.See the open letter here.
 
 
Help us lobby the Mental Health Act Review
 
Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review,  NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups. Can you help with suggestions? To get involved, please click here. 
 
To read the related article by John Pring, Disability News Service, please click here
 
 
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting - The Future of Peer Support
 
Please bookmark the AGM event page on our website - you can refer to it whenever you feel ready to book your place.
 
 
UPDATED 'Get to know NSUN in 3 minutes'
 
You can view the video here, updated with our new logo and website. Please do share!
 
New mental health networks announced 
 
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New Mental Health Networks funded by the UK Councils and Research Innovation (UKRI) have been announced.
 
The Networks received a combined funding of £8 million and will bring together researchers, charity workers, health practitioners and people with lived experience of mental health issues.
 
The Mental Health Networks are designed to be interdisciplinary, spanning across a wide range of disciplines including health, medicine, biology, social sciences, humanities and environmental sciences.
 
 
The Networks stretch across the nation and as they develop will cover further regions.
 
If you would like further information about the funded Mental Health Networks, you can search #MentalHealthNetworks on Twitter or visit these web links: https://tinyurl.com/y8ujbdz8 https://tinyurl.com/y77dvbbr
 
The list of Mental Health Networks are:
  • Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequalities for People with Severe Mental Illness: the 'Closing the Gap' Network+: Led by Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York
  • Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health: Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL
  • Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network: Led by Professor Lisa McDaid, University of Glasgow
  • Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health: Led by Professor Sonia Johnson, UCL
  • Violence Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change: Led by Professor Louise Howard, King’s College London
  • Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health: Led by Professor Cathy Creswell, University of Reading
  • SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network: Led by Dr Nicola Byrom, King’s College London
  • The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People's Mental Health in a Digital World: Led by Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex
More about this announcement here
 
Challenge Sheffield report launch 
 
 
Challenge Sheffield and SODIT
Challenge Sheffield and SODIT work with people with lived experience of mental health distress and used a recent grant from Healthwatch Sheffield to hold the Sheffield Mental Health Challenge Day.
 
They wanted to create a supportive and inclusive space to start to build a network and voice for people living with mental health distress to better influence and improve services over the longer term.
 
Find out more and a link to their report here.
 
Survivor poetry: Words Out from Cafe Church 
 
Joe KellyJoe Kelly, who is a Trustee of NSUN, has collected some of his poems on a website called' Words Out from Cafe Church'.
 
Joe's latest poem, 'Jesus wept' is doing very well at the moment:
 
He must be crying now—
for all the people experiencing coldness  hardship and corruption—
the refugees and war victims fleeing their home country—
the homeless man who sleeps out on a frozen night—
the needy people who can't get relief and find their way around the benefit system designed to confuse—
experiencing the benefit sanction pathway to visiting the food bank—
Grenfell Tower Inferno—
so many unanswered questions—
many people experiencing coldness misery and corruption—
time for feelings, time for emotion—
Jesus wept—
I think he's crying now
 
For more poetry, please visit Words Out from Cafe Church
 
Selected blogs 
 
Van GoghPriests, peasants and prolific creativity: Van Gogh's year as a mental health patient
 
The renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh’s died by suicide in 1890, two months after leaving a mental asylum. Martin Bailey researched his year in the institution.
 
Troubling mental health nurse education
 
Alec Grant has been teaching mental health nurses in England for two decades and has developed 'several inter-connected gripes about mental health nurse education'
 
Mad in the UK has launched 
 
Mad in the UK
Thursday, September 6, saw the culmination of many months of ‘behind the scenes’ effort with the launch of Mad in the UK. MITUK is one of a growing number of Mad In America (MIA) affiliated sites, including Mad in America Hispano-HablanteMad in AsiaMad in Brasil and Mad in Finland.
 
Acting in concert with MIA, Mad in the UK will carry UK-specific content and provide a voice for UK professionals, service users/survivors, peer activists, carers, researchers, teachers, trainers, lawyers, journalists, volunteers and others who are working for change in the field of what is usually referred to as ‘mental health’.
 
Mad In the UK welcomes contributions to fill its recently launched website: bloggers, commentators, and people wishing to submit events or couses are invited to get in touch. 
 
Please visit Mad in the UK's website.
 
Influence the production of guidance for therapists 
 
APPG
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drugs Dependence (APPG PDD), which NSUN is part of, seeks expressions of interest from:
  • psychological therapists
  • ex-clients
  • clients and carers/supporters
To join a panel of reviewers or to be involved in a specific working group for a project creating guidance for psychological therapists who work with clients/patients taking and/or withdrawing from, prescribed psychiatric drugs.
 
For more information about the project and how to get involved, please click here.
 
Survivor's Creative Works 
 
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The Echo Society are pleased to announce the launch of their next campaign project as part of the narcissistic abuse matters campaign UK #NAMUK: Survivors Creative Works.
 
They would like to feature any of your works that you created as a way to cope with narcissistic abuse. They are looking for drawings, paintings, poems, short prose, sketches, doodles, graphic design art, songs etc. and this will be featured on social media (Facebook and Twitter). By doing this they aim to highlight the impact narcissistic abuse has on lives of those impacted and encourage public debate.
 
Work will be posted anonymously or first initial and county only (i.e. E, Kent) with a brief description of under which circumstances the work was produced. No one will be identified.
 
Fid out how to Get Involved or contact Lydia at: campaigns@theechosociety.org.uk
 
Blackfriars Settlement activities 
 
blackfriars settlementBlackfriars Settlement offer a wide range of services and activities, supporting people to achieve their goals and improve their well-being.
 
Their latest flyer is available online here
 
Blackfriars Settlement is located at 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
Telephone: 020 7928 9521 Fax: 020 7960 4628
For general enquiries please email: info@blackfriars-settlement.org.uk
 
World Mental Health Day event in Bolton 
 
WMD event in bolton
Young people & mental health in a changing world
 
There’ll be information, stalls and activities including:
yoga, videos, dance, a choir, photo booth, presentations and more

Date: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Venue: University of Bolton, Chancellor’s Mall,University Way, Bolton, BL3 5AB
 
For more information please contact Nireexa Solanki
TEL 01204 380643 - Mobile 07549 923 201
Nireexa.Solanki@family-action.org.uk
band.org.uk / facebook.com/bandbolton / twitter.com/bandbolton
 
Spread the Word event in London 
 
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Join Words That Carry On, a fund dedicated to commissioning vital research on personality disorders, autism and complex mental health needs, for an end of summer poetry and music night at the beautiful Skip Garden in Granary Square. 
 
Date: 14 September 2018
Time: 18:00 – 22:00 BST
Venue: Skip Garden, 1 Tapper Walk, London N1C 4AQ
 
The evening will include live performances, poetry workshops and pizza as well as the opportunity to have your say on the fund's research priorities.
 
To book your place, please click here.
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Community Equalities Coordinator (North East, Yorkshire & Humber) 
time to change
  • Home-based
  • £31,818 per annum (plus £1,421 per annum)
  • Contract until 31 March 2021
Time to Change are looking for an organised ‘people person’ who has personal experience of mental ill health and associated stigma and discrimination and is now ready and able to use that to embed Time to Change as a sustainable campaign in the North East, Yorkshire & Humber.
 
You will join seven peers already working in other regions of England, and eight other team-mates, including your manager, who are based at Mind’s HQ in London.
 
The role is based at home with most management and support delivered by email, phone and Skype and occasional face-to-face meetings.
 
To structure your days, deal with setbacks and manage competing priorities, you will need to be motivated, able to work on your own initiative and adaptable to change.
 
For more information and to apply please visit this page
 
Women in crisis report published 
 
women in crisisAgenda is an organisation which ensures that women and girls at risk of abuse, poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need.
 
Agenda's new report #WomeninCrisis is out - it looks at how the #MentalHealthAct can be detrimental to women, and the devastating impact that has, including alarming numbers of self-inflicted deaths.
 
You can read the report here
 
Recruitment for Chair 
 
Article ImageIndependent Chair of Think Ahead’s
Service User and Carer Reference Group

Think Ahead are seeking a new independent Chair for the SUCRG, to work with SUCRG members and Think Ahead in ensuring that the group is fully and effectively involved in our work.
 
Details:

Payment for involvement: £175 for preparing for and chairing each meeting, plus reimbursement for travel and out-of-pocket expenses. (There are three to four meetings per year.) With your agreement, we may ask you to undertake additional activities for which you would be paid separately.
 
Time commitment: Typically up to eight days per year, though this may vary. Appointment term: Three years, subject to review.
 
Start date: We anticipate the first meeting with the new Chair taking place in October 2018.
 
Location: Meetings are held in central London.
 
Appointment term: Three years, subject to review.
 
Application deadline: Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 17 September 2018.
 
Interview date: Tuesday 25 September 2018.
 
For the role description and how to apply click here.
 
Coming soon - Peerfest 
 
PeerfestThis year, the annual celebration of peer support will be hosted by Thurrock Mind who came through as the chosen user-led peer support project to host Peerfest18
 
Date: 20 October
Bookings open: 05 September
 
Programme: worshops, activities, the Marsh Awards and muvh more.
 
To attend, get involved, or run your own activity, please take a look here.
 
In the news 
 
Atos victims protest
Disability News Service (DNS)
 
DNS has found out that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to release evidence that would show how many secret reports it has compiled into the deaths of claimants of its new universal credit, in a fresh breach of freedom of information laws. This week, DNS paid tribute to Juliet Marlow, passionate activist of Not Dead Yet UK.
 
DNS also approached activists for their views on the planned mental capacity and liberty deprivation. The bill ‘will take disability rights backwards’ and it must be delayed.
 
Mental Health Today (MHT)
 
 
Last month, MHT interviewed Simon Wessely, who chairs the Mental Health Act Review, who said ECT is in his 'own advance directive'
 
MHT also found that 'mental health austerity has ended'
 
The Guardian
 
The Guardian have revealed that author Ian Rankin, London mayor Sadiq Khan, broadcaster Stephen Fry and DJ Lauren Laverne are among 130 signatories to a letter calling on the nation’s media to lead the way in transforming how suicide is covered.
 
The Guardian also report on guidance from Universities UK and charity Papyrus seeks to halt rise in student suicides.
 
Huffington Post
 
Why The Media Should Drop Head-clutching Photos As Their Go-to Representation Of Mental Health: People with mental health problems look as diverse as the society we live in - not like some hybrid of Eeyore and Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
 
The Independent
 
The Independent finds that there has been a significant drop in male suicides – but we still need to talk about men’s mental health.
 
Mental Health Cop
 
 
New Kindred Minds Manifesto appeal 
 
Kindred Minds ManifestoNew Kindred Minds have launched crowdfunding appeals for Manifesto design, publication and launch event costs
 
Please help if you can
 
Reminder 
 
don't forgetEvents - already advertised
 
If you haven't booked your place on already advertised events, we have collected some here
 
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GOV.UK news 
 
Lords debate on the Mental Health Units Use of Force Bill
Members of the Lords, idiscussed the key principles and purpose of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill during second reading, on Friday 7 September. The amendments are now under consideration and a date will be announced for the committee.
 
Hospitals to receive £145 million to prepare for winter demand
The funding from the Department of Health and Social Care’s existing budget will be spent on 81 new schemes.
 
Matt Hancock's vision for a tech driven NHS
The Secretary of State fo Health and Social care gave a technology focused speech at NHS Expo 2018.
This is the full trancript
 
New guidance to help NHS patients benefit from digital technology
Speaking at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo conference, health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy announced the initial technology partnerships Code of Conduct for Data-driven Health and Care Technology.
 
World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London this October.
The summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health. Find out more here.
 
Mental Health Act Review UPDATE 
 
Following the publication of the Interim Report in May, 18 topic groups were set up in July based on each of the main themes. Proposals from the Topic Groups are being finalised by 14 September. Two events were held during August which set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far and another two are planned for early October. The final report is due mid-December.

The Exeter workshop, Tuesday 21 August has been cancelled but a new date will be confirmed soon.
 
Mental health therapists in GP practices could be the norm
Health chiefs have drawn up new guidance to encourage doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries – bringing more mental and physical health services under one roof. Read more here.
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Invitation to a Trans Awareness Black Tie Event

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Thursday 27th September

7:00pm -12:00am

Champagne reception, 3 course meal, wine included £75.00pp

Hitchin Priory

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Charity Auction

Live Entertainment

Guest Speakers

Book your seat now - eventbrite.co.uk/e/black/tie/trans-awareness-event-tickets-46062402877

The inaugural Black Tie Dinner for Synestra’s Community Interest Company is to be held on 27th September.
 
Hosted by Amanda De Courcy - founder of Synestra’s CIC – Herts County Council, the NHS, and various charities who support the transgender community, this unique dinner aims to raise much needed funds to support members of the transgender community. There will also be the opportunity to showcase the amazing work of Gender Intelligence, Stonewall, and Mermaids. These are three prominent charities that are there for both adults and children. Their tireless efforts are helping to reduce the staggeringly upsetting numbers you see when reading about suicide within this community. Currently, that suicide rate stands at 41%, with over 60% of trans people having attempted suicide at some point. Though awareness of trans issues is growing across the county, few of us can truly appreciate the gravity of the everyday difficulties trans people face in our society.
 
Amanda’s daughter Synestra died in 2015 aged just 23. Transition Denied, a new book released in May manages to be at once unique - telling the story of Synestra, a trans girl who lived an exciting, individual life and sadly paid the ultimate price – and yet sadly familiar, as it tells how Syn encountered the same ugly obstacles familiar to every trans person in the UK. Copies of Transition Denied will be on sale on the evening, signed by both the author, Jane Fae, and Amanda.
 
Hertfordshire is a trailblazer in terms of enhancing services for the trans community, and we want to spread the word; help and support is out there, but it’s not always easy to find. And of course, like everything, it costs money. But what price do you put on saving a life? On 27th September please come and meet some of the wonderful people who do exactly that

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/black-tie-trans-awareness-event-tickets-46062402887 
 

Book Now for Peerfest2018

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Now open! Book your place at Peerfest18

Peerfest is coming to Essex, Saturday 20 October

Peerfest is our national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support. It's a welcoming, inclusive and inspirational event bringing peers together to network, share knowledge and best practice through workshops, creative activities, debate and The Marsh Awards.

Places are always popular so please click on the links below to book now for Peerfest 2018. You can join us just for the daytime event, or just the evening event...or both!

Would you like to run a stall, host the evening event or volunteer at Peerfest? Check out the Mind website and apply before 5th October to get involved.

Book now for Peerfest18 daytime

Book now for Peerfest18 evening

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If you have a general query about the organisation, our contact details are:

Mind
15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ
T: 020 8215 2243
e: supporterservices@mind.org.uk