Save the date - NSUN AGM to take place this September
This year, the AGM will take place in Sheffield on 27 September.
Put this date in your calendars! We're looking forwards to seeing you there.
Drop the language of disorder - Peter Kinderman's reaction to the DSM-V
Why professionals must admit to the dangers of psychiatric drugs
- Marion Brown describes the long-term suffering caused by prescribed psychiatric medication, the action that she and others are trying to take – and how therapists can help.
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Call for blogging contributors
Share experiences, suggestions and opinions with e-bulletin readers, website visitors and social media friends. To get an idea of the variety of topics and points of view, please visit our
blogs section. To send a blog, please email the editor.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
NSUN Member's Campaign
Manchester Users Network (MUN) have been collecting evidence on the affect the 'Shifting Care' (or better know as 'Stepping Down') policy is having on people across Manchester. This is when people are 'stepped down' from secondary care back to primary care without clear criteria or consultation. MUN are asking local MPS to raise the issues in parliament and commissioners to review this policy based on the evidence they have
gathered so far. People are being left without essential support and are at increased risk of re-admission to in-patient settings. MUN is campaigning for an appeals process to be instated to allow people to challenge potentially harmful decisions.
NSUN has written a letter of support that you can read here.
Please let us know if it is helpful or if you would like a similar letter to use in your area.
If you have similar experiences to share please get in touch with us.
NSUN Members' Manifesto 2017
Find out what is most important to the NSUN membership. A summary page that is easy to display is now available for download. Take a look at the link at the bottom of this page.
NSUN is bringing the voice of experience to an all party parliamentary group (APPG) which aims at producing guidance for therapists whose clients are struggling with prescribed drug dependence.
The group will create and deploy guidance materials for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists to support them working with issues of prescribed drug dependence.
If you have experience of prescribed drug dependence and would like to share your story with the APPG to influence its work, please email us.
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Event: Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law
Re: Public Law and Judicial Review North: Benefit Sanctions and the Rule of Law
Date: Thursday 20 July 2017
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: BPP Law School, Central Manchester
This conference is on public law generally, but also has a focus on benefits sanctions and the Rule of Law. NSUN members are being offered the very lowest delegate price which is £60 +VAT. The price includes a detailed delegate pack and lunch and refreshments.
In some ways this event, and the project it is associated with, is a prime example of using the law to challenge systemic injustice. The event also has updates on topics such as ‘litigating the cuts’ , a public law workshop looking at systemic issues and how to identify and potentially challenge them, research updates from children’s charities Gingerbread and The Children’s Society, a workshop on developing advice
services in the NfP sector and much more that might be of interest.
The full programme and booking is all here.
A PDF programme is here to book online just go here.
When booking just make a note in the extra notes box saying that you have been offered the adviser rate by Ade at PLP.
Memorial bench and plaque for Ruth Chandler
Survivor researcher Ruth Chandler sadly passed away last year and her colleagues at Sussex Partnership have been considering ways to pay a fitting tribute to Ruth and her amazing work at Mill View Hospital where she was based.
Following discussions with the family, it was decided to commission a memorial bench and plaque.
There is a fundraising appeal as the team needs your support to ensure the project can go ahead -https://www.justgiving.com/inmemoryofruthchandler
RBUF peer led groups in the Rochdale area
Peer-led RBUF have a number of
regular peer-led groups:
- Craft group
- Wellbeing for Men
- Butterflies group for the Transgender community
- LGBT coffee mornings
- Gay and Bisexual Asian Men's group
- Women's group
Wellbeing for men meets today, Monday 10 July, 1pm-3pm. If you can attend, discussions will be had around the time, day and venue for future meetings. What would you like from this group, activities, going out etc.
If you can’t make it, then send your suggestions to Adrian Palmer via email
for discussion at the meeting. For more information on all other groups, please contact RBUF on 01706 515720 or email.
Social media and children's mental health: a review of the evidence
The Education Policy Institute (EPI) published a new report Friday 30th June, examining the relationship between young people’s use of social media and their mental health and emotional well-being. The analysis comprehensively assembles the evidence on the digital lives of young people, the merits and risks associated with using social media, and the evolving nature of technology.
Download the full report
here. Read the news coverage here.
Seminar on detention under Section 136 in London
The Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is having a seminar about Detention under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act in London: Pathways, Perceptions and Provision.
Date: 10 October
Time: 4pm -5.30pm
Location: Hendon Town Hall Committee Room 2 The Burroughs
London, NW4 4BT
People identified as having a mental health need within public places may be detained by police under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and escorted to a ‘health-based place of safety’ (HBPoS) to manage their condition.
Qualitative interviews examined how a person detained under Section 136 was taken to a HBPoS in London during 2016 from the perspective of people with direct or lived experience of mental health distress (n=58) and from front-line operational staff (n=196). The process and pathways to a HBPoS was shown to be highly fragmented across London. Implications of the existing service delivery model is discussed.
All welcome and it is free to attend but please book your place here
Talk for Health Special – Express Yourself: Voice Workshop
Date: Thursday 27 July
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Location: St Luke's Community Centre, 9p Central Street, London EC1V 8AJ
Do you want to feel more confident and expressive in your communication? Do you want to more more dynamic in getting your message across? If yes, join Cat and Helen for this engaging, free workshop.
Drawing on techniques from the Fedenkrais Method and Linklater Voice Work, they will help you focus on body awareness, movement, breathing, and how it relates to your voice. They guide you to explore the habitual patterns of tension in the body that can limit your expression and hope to offer you an insight into how to free your body and your voice.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a willingness to unwind in a warm & supportive environment! This workshop is open to all so please feel free to bring a friend (or two). You can find out more about the facilitators and register for your place by following this link: Express Yourself: Voice workshop Registration
Mad love - a designer asylum
What if we could create our own asylum? What would it look like?
It's no bad thing to need a safe place to go mad. The problem is that a lot of mental health hospitals are more punishment than love...they need some Madlove.
Part-embedded research, part-utopian imagining, part-hospital designs, Madlove: A Designer Asylum enables visitors to design and create hospitals and models of mutual care in cultural and inpatient settings.
Created with Hannah Hull and collaborators. For more information on this project, email Gill Lloyd.
In the news
Newly-elected disabled MP Jared O'Mara has accused
the Conservative government of introducing policies inspired by “eugenics” in the hope that disabled people will “suffer and die”.
The same MP is forced to miss Commons debates because he has nowhere to sit - Jared O'Mara has cerebral palsy and cannot stand for more than 10 minutes but is still waiting for adjustments to be made so he can do his job in Westminster.
Universal credit - the conversation
nobody wants to have.
Mental health services in England risk being overwhelmed by a combination of rising demand and staff shortages, a survey of NHS trusts suggests.
Secondary school staff get mental health 'first aid' training
The Department of Health has announced
'£200,000 funding to help teachers understand and identify mental health issues in children'
Jeremy Hunt publishes message to NHS staff
The Secretary of State for Health says his mission is to support NHS staff in delivering the safest and highest quality care in the world. The full message is
Health and Care Innovation Expo 2017
The first confirmed main stage speakers
are now available on the Expo website. The two main stages, the Future NHS Stage and the Innovate Stage, feature some of the most influential and important leaders from across the health and social care sector. There will also live-stream key speeches from the main stages on selected screens throughout the conference hall.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Simon Stevens, Chief Executive Officer, NHS England
- Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, Care Quality Commission
- Sir Andrew
Dillon, CEO, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence
- Prof Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England
See the full list of speakers on the website>>
NHS major incidents support
NHS England are writing an open letter to GPs across the country with practical advice to help patients who may be
suffering ongoing mental health problems six weeks on from the Manchester terror attack and other recent traumatic events. Experts have said that it is around this six week this point that people should be seeking help if they are still experiencing symptoms.
In the letter, which has also gone to other healthcare professionals, Dr Arvind Madan, Deputy Medical Director and Director of Primary Care outlined the symptoms to watch out for in the aftermath of a traumatic event, in the weeks after and that if symptoms are severe and continue for more than four weeks, a referral to specialist service may be required. The open letter comes after the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London and the Grenfell tower block fire. The letter describes how people with pre-existing mental illness may be destabilised by traumatic events. It also
points to evidence-based advice for GPs who are treating patients who have been affected, as follows:
- it is normal to have strong emotional responses to traumatic events;
- it is important to keep communicating with each other, and to use support helplines;
- we all need to make space and time to talk and listen.
NHS England has created a web page on NHS Choices
containing advice on where to seek urgent assistance and information, including the official helplines for these incidents and guidance on support services available for victims, witnesses, family members, and all those affected by the attacks.