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.
NSUN website to undergo transformation
is about to be re-designed. We'd like to have your thoughts on which contents you'd like us to preserve.
Can you contact us
with your favourite website 'must have's' , quoting 'new website' as your email subject? Thank you very much in advance, your help is appreciated.
The term 'Designated Place of Safety' is meaningless says Mental Health Cop
- the whole concept was made up because of lack of commissioning argues Michael Brown
The dark truth of the mental health industry - blogging for Wake Up World, Cortland Pfefer wonders whether this is really health care
Support NSUN as you shop online
We are a registered cause on the Giving Machine site. This means people can choose to raise money for us when they shop online. Simply click on the
NSUN page then click the Join and Support this cause button. Donating this way does not increase the cost of your shopping.
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.
Members manifesto 2017
The members manifesto summary page has been updated.
Take a look at the link at the bottom of this page.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin
Below NSUN news, features concern events, job opportunities, research, groups, etc, which are not ran by us, unless clearly stated. Details are sent to us by contacts who wish to spread word about their activities. Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions and features by you, please email the editor
and the general info mailbox. Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.
Great Escape Game 'Asylum' denial
'The Asylum - The Doctor Will See You Now... DARE YOU ENTER?' An entertainment company based in Leeds and Sheffield is refusing to acknowledge that one of its escape room themes has anything to do with mental health. Despite a number of communications they are denying there is a mental health theme and implying that this is only offensive to a few.
You can see the page
here. If you feel it is inappropriate please contact them via email or twitter @escapesheffield @escapegameleedstwitter.com
Video: 'How personalities are formed'
Dr Jay Watts speaks on 'the problem with BPD', citing trauma rather than chemical imbalance as the root of mental health difficulties. You can watch the video here.
Mental health report presented to UN Human rights Council
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health has presented his visionary report on mental health
to countries at the Human Rights Council (report available in several languages here).
The report provides an important framework and road map for mental health that responds to people’s needs, respects their rights and ensures that the dignity of every person is respected.
The World Health Organization is committed to responding to the report’s call
for Member States to seek technical assistance from the WHO QualityRights initiative in order to promote access to good quality mental health and related services and respect for the rights of persons with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities.
Benefits A to Z
Rightsnet have listed all benefits, with corresponding links to Gov.uk, citizens Advice and Turn2Us.
Please visit the corresponding page here
Free psychotherapy for people on low incomes
The Free Psychotherapy Network, a group of psychotherapists, offers free and low-fee psychotherapy to people on low incomes or benefits.
Take a look at their website here
Asylum event: action and reaction
The ‘ASYLUM: ACTION AND REACTION’ conference will be held in Manchester on 28 June 2017, 10.00am to 5.00pm.
The updated programme for the day is here.
This will be a very special event, a day conference in Manchester to celebrate over thirty years of ASYLUM: International Magazine of Democratic Psychiatry.
It will be an all-day low-cost conference, with a lower rate for subscribers to Asylum Magazine which will cover refreshments on the day.
Asylum have a full programme for the Asylum conference, but still welcome posters for the day which will be in the main foyer for the conference, and we welcome stalls and literature, please contact
The low registration charge for the conference will just cover the costs for the day. Asylum are asking you to come to Manchester to be with many other activists, survivors and their allies. This will be a chance to take stock and discuss what Asylum do next, and to share action about the many different kinds of networks you are involved in, to build those networks together.
Please let Asylum know about any dietary requirements. The cost of registration will cover refreshments and lunches. Asylum have to limit numbers attending. Please register sooner rather than later to secure a place at the conference.
Tickets can be booked here
- £10.00 for Asylum Magazine subscribers
- £30.00 for non-subcribers (includes a one-year subscription to Asylum Magazine)
Petition: address shortfall of provision in mental health services in Cheshire East
The Chair of East Cheshire CCG has set up a petition to address the serious shortfall in provision of mental health services in his area.
The petition needs 200 signatures - 70 are still required. Can you help? Please sign here
Mental Health and Smoking Partnership Webinar: Implementation of Smokefree Policies
On Tuesday 4th July
the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership is hosting a webinar on the implementation of smokefree policies in mental health inpatient settings.
The webinar will run from 11:00am – 12:30pm. It will feature presentations from Trusts, the Care Quality Commission and the lead author of NICE Guidance PH48.
To register for the webinar please send your name, organisation and job title to firstname.lastname@example.org. The webinar is primarily aimed at staff working in mental health services but others are welcome to attend. *Places will be limited so people should register as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions please email email@example.com.
11.00 – 11.15 – Professor John Britton,
Director of UK Centre for Tobacco and Alcohol Studies
- Overview of NICE Guidance Smoking: acute, maternity and mental health services (PH48) and what full implementation means.
11.15 – 11.30 – Lesley Colley, Project Lead Smoking Cessation and Nicotine Management Tees Esk and Wear Valley
- Case study: Effective implementation of a smokefree policy.
11.30– 11.45 – Dr Debbie Robson Senior Post Doc Researcher in Tobacco Addiction, Kings College London
- Evaluating the impact of smokefree policies.
11.45 – 12.00 – Mat Kinton National Mental Health Policy Advisor,
Care Quality Commission
- CQC Brief Guide: Smokefree policies in mental health inpatient services
12:00 – 12.30 – All panellists
- Panel discussion including Q&A
Call for submissions: Book on Open Dialogue and Psychosis
Are you interested in making a contribution to a forthcoming book on Open Dialogue and Psychosis?
The authors are looking for descriptions of work undertaken with those affected by psychosis in Open Dialogue meetings, both from the perspective of practitioners (both clinicians and peer workers) but also from the perspective of clients/families (these different perspectives can also be combined into the same paper – i.e. it can be jointly written by practitioners and clients/families). These accounts can either be broad in focus, or can address a
The deadline for submissions in 18 June.
If you'd like to contribute, please take a look here.
Coming up: National co-production week
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are running the National Co-Production Week between 3 and 7 July.
will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.
NSUN will be at the Second annual Co-production Festival on 5 July in London featuring the well-known comedian Francesca Martinez. The festival is for members of SCIE's Co-production Network but there are a very limited number of places for guests (contact SCIE if you are interested)
For more about co-production week, please visit the dedicated page
The potential dangers of a systematic, explicit approach to teaching social and emotional skills (SEAL)
This paper is a summary, or overview, of a much larger paper which the Centre for Confidence and Well-being has published called ‘The potential dangers of a systematic, explicit approach to teaching social and emotional skills’ (SEAL).
You can read the full paper, in PDF, here
Mental health services must be ready for increase in suicide risk in the event of the Conservatives remaining in power, say #CripTheVoteUK
"Through our campaigning we've come across a number of people saying they will contemplate suicide in the event of Conservatives remaining in power and we feel we have a responsibility to ask that individuals, third-sector care groups, and NHS mental health services prepare themselves for this possibility."
full statement is on this page, followed by a list of resources compiled by CripTheVote
Suicide Crisis conference - Keeping us safe
A conference about the work of the services outside the NHS who help to prevent suicides, and how members of the public can also help.
Featuring “Mental Health Cop” Inspector Michael Brown, Mark Smith, National Lead on Suicide Prevention at the British Transport Police and representatives from Network Rail’s suicide prevention programme, among others
Thursday 7th September 10.00am - 4.00pm at Gloucester Guildhall. For further details or to reserve a place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Heads Together Comedy Night for YoungMinds
On 18th September 2017, some of the biggest names in British comedy will join forces at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, to support
Heads Together, the campaign to change the conversation on mental health spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Tickets go on sale at 12pm on Wednesday 7th June, available from Ticket Master (Prices £45.40 - £125.50).
Topping the star-studded line-up for Heads Together Comedy Night for YoungMinds will be Michael McIntyre, Jimmy Carr, Harry Hill, Frank Skinner, Russell Kane, Katherine Ryan, Tommy Tiernan
and more. The event, which will take place at the Shepherds Bush Empire, will raise money for YoungMinds, the UK’s leading children and young people’s mental health charity, one of eight charity partners of the Heads Together campaign.
Learning from Outstanding mental health services
This conference is coming up at the De Vere West One conference centre, London, on 17 July.
This conference aims to learn lessons and share good and outstanding practice from the CQC inspections in mental health services to date, and support your service to improve.
This is an HC-UK conference and NSUN members can claim a discount. Please contact the organisers using the number their share on their
Also coming up later this year is the event 'electronic prescribing in mental health' (18 October at the Studio conference centre, Birmingham).
NSUN's Emma Omerod is due to speak at this event.
Damning NHS waiting times data published on election result day
The new Government must prioritise NHS funding
to reduce patient waiting times, BMA chair Dr Mark Porter has said.
Bad Brexit deal threatens plan to hire NHS staff
A bad Brexit deal could threaten Conservative plans to hire more National Health Service staff, health secretary
Jeremy Hunt has admitted.
"Lots of misinformation about the NHS" says Health Secretary
Newly re-elected South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt has claimed there is a lot of misinformation floating around and attempts to point fingers surrounding the NHS.