Stigma and mental health problems
- Dr Gary Sidley reflects on why psychiatric professionals are the main culprits
The role of pets in supporting people with mental distress
- Alison Faulkner's research demonstrates how much society has underestimated the importance of animal friends in our wellbeing.
NSUN contributes to Civil Society report highlighting current negative debate around Human Rights
The UK is undergoing a Human Rights Check. This happens every 4.5 years, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which is led by the United Nations. NSUN is among civil society organisations which contribute to the process. Read more here
Jeremy Hunt confronted about Panorama's Mental health crisis coverage
Luciana Berger, former shadow mental health minister, has told health secretary Jeremy Hunt that the findings of a special investigation BBC programme into mental health services were “shocking and disgusting”.
The programme in question, Panorama, aired on 7 February, highlighting how a sharp rise in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly with the responsible organisation cutting nearly a quarter of its
inpatient beds. The Department of Health disputes Panorama's findings.
Read more here
Call for blogging contributors
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NSUN comments on Theresa May's mental health speech
Promises, promises...in a toxic context
Read the full article here.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The 3 minutes video is here.
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Peer support music project shortlisted for award
Since 2008, peer support music project Music in Mind has helped adults learn new skills as therapy in overcoming mental health problems.
Music in Mind is shortlisted for this year's Epic Awards and we can vote here.
To know more about Music In Mind, please get in touch with the project facilitator Eva Okwonka
More user led initiatives lose funding
The Hackney Patients council and the People's Network
have lost their funding.
Hackney Patients Council was devised, organised and run by ex-mental health service users and the Peoples' Network, led by 4Sight and originally supported by NSUN.
Andy Martin, the former co-ordinator of Hackney Patients Council has been lobbying on behalf of both organisations but has failed to receive any response from local decision makers and commissioners. In June 2016 all funding for the Patients Council was severed. The situation for patients in Homerton Psychiatric Hospital reverted to the 1980s when they were denied any independent user led service to whom they could turn.
Andy wrote 'As a consequence ... 5 ex-service users are now unemployed (myself included) and patients in Homerton Psychiatric Hospital are denied access to a user led service run by their peers. This contravenes every instance of the bleating rhetoric of mental health administrators who try to convince us they ‘seek to encourage user involvement’ and ‘promote user led services’. It proves such assertions are utterly fallacious and worthy of nothing but utter contempt.'
MadHouse, My House? Hackney Museum
Sad memories of Hackney patients sent to live in asylum that branded them ‘idiots’ and ‘imbeciles’
The temporary display ‘Madhouse, My House?’ will be on display at Hackney Museum
2 February– 13 May 2017.
The display explores the history of this institutionalisation through the lives of two ex-patients: Harvey Waterman and Mabel Cooper. Harvey and Mabel were sent to live in St Lawrence’s Hospital in Surrey under the Mental Deficiency Act of 1913.
“There was bars on the windows. It was like a prison.” said Mabel
The voices of those institutionalised have long been ignored by or hidden from society. This display aims to change that.
The display was researched and created by members of
Access All Areas, a Hackney-based theatre company that works with adults with learning disabilities. Its wider MADHOUSE project explores institutionalisation past and present through events, performances and exhibitions.
For more information on Hackney Museum including opening hours visit the website.
Job: Community Navigator Camden
- Friendly, positive and good at connecting with other people?
- Skilled and experienced at supporting people?
- Good at finding local resources and activities?
If so, a job as a Community Navigator may be for you. These innovative posts involve supporting people to become less lonely
and to develop more social contact. The successful applicant will join a team of community navigators employed by Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and will support people with enduring depression or anxiety who use mental health services in Camden, Islington or Barnet.
The post is until the end of February 2018, to start in April 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter. Lived experience of mental health problems, or experience of working in services which support people with mental health problems, are assets for this work.
You can find more information about this post on the NHS jobs website.
Researchers from Bristol University, Bristol hospitals and Self-Injury Self-Help want to improve the way that research about self-harm is conducted
They would like to hear your views on this if you have used the emergency department (A&E) in the past three years for self-harm
Taking part would involve a short interview, either face to face, by telephone, skype or by email
You would receive a £10 voucher to thank you for taking part.
Taking part is voluntary and you are free to change your mind at any time.
Please contact us for more information
For information about taking part contact Fiona from the university, or Lisa from SISH:
Phone: 07393 762706
Mental health, mental capacity, human rights: cross sector events
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) invites you to these sessions to be held on several occasions / places:
Whether you work in service design or delivery, for an advocacy or support group, as a regulator or a Commissioner, come along and join the discussions. The session will cover:
- Human rights and mental health/capacity:
what you need to know
- Using human rights across the sectors: real life examples
- Working collaboratively: using human rights to improve services
You will receive a copy of BIHR’s new suite of resources on Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights, which empower people using services about their own human rights and what they can expect from services.
BIHR's training will help you understand how human rights laws apply to your work. This could be because your organisation has legal duties,or you may be able to utilise human rights in your advocacy and campaigning work. Whatever your role, BIHR will help you translate human rights into your
‘A Little More Conversation, a Little More Action’ – How service user and carer involvement can make a real difference
- Monday 10 April
- University of Worcester, Cotswold Suite, St John's Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ
This is a conference promoting ways of working with service users and carers across social work, health and higher education in these times of Austerity. Examples of service user and
carer involvement making a difference across social work, health, social care and higher education will be celebrated, highlighting examples of co-production.
CALL FOR PAPERS
Papers (20 minutes max), posters and outline of workshop presentations (45 minutes) to be sent to Dr Peter Unwin, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Worcester – email@example.com by 17 February.
If you'd like to know more about the event, please visit the dedicated page
Healthwatch Sheffield to to hold mental health forum
On 16 March, Healthwatch Sheffield is hosting its next Health and Social Care Forum for voluntary, community and faith groups in the city.
Entitled ‘Tell Theresa’, the subject of the meeting is mental health and what the people of Sheffield want to tell Theresa May about what matters about mental health and their priority areas for her to work on.
the panel for this meeting will include Fiona Goudie, Clinical Director of
Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, Margaret Lewis, Chief Executive of Sheffield Mind and Roz Davies, Managing Director of
Representatives of voluntary, community and faith organisations in Sheffield are welcome.
Tickets are limited, so please book your place as soon as possible.
Open Dialogue in the NHS - March seminars
Over the past three years there has been significant development of the Open Dialogue approach from Western Lapland in the NHS and in public mental health services internationally. Open Dialogue UK has been working for the past four years to further this development, and 10 trusts are now represented on one of their two training programmes (largely teams from Early Intervention in Psychosis and Crisis/Home Treatment services).
Over the course of 6 days in March 2017, a variety of NHS professionals, along with Nick Putman, founder of Open Dialogue UK, will be travelling across the UK to introduce the work that they are doing to develop the Open Dialogue approach. All of these practitioners are participating in one of the Open Dialogue UK training programmes. The following professions will be represented at this event, either in person, or via video footage: psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy, nursing, social work and peer support.
The seminar will serve as an introduction to the Open Dialogue approach, the work that is being done in the NHS, and the trainings that are underpinning these developments. They are being run at a low cost in the hope that everyone who wishes to attend will be able to. The seminars will be taking place at the following locations:
Monday 6 March: Tomlinson Centre, LONDON, E8 3ND
Tuesday 7 March: Trinity Arts Centre, BRISTOL, BS2 0NW
Weds 8 March: Duncan Macmillan House, NOTTINGHAM, NG3 6AA
Thursday 9 March: Quaker Meeting House, LIVERPOOL, L1 3BT
Friday 10 March: St Luke’s, NEWCASTLE, NE2 4AH
Saturday 11 March: Grovepark Hall, GLASGOW, G20 7YE
Visit the website for further details or email or telephone 020 8133 3441.
Request for Bipolar case study in Leeds
has received a request from NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group to help find a case study to go with World Bipolar Day taking place on 30 March.
The case study will need to be from Leeds and they will need to share with Volition how they have lived a successful life, even though they have bipolar disorder as the theme for this year is “More than a diagnosis”.
An example of what is being asked for a case study, here’s one that was done for
Time to Talk Day (on 2 February) when Volition asked Jonny Benjamin (mental health campaigner) to be their case study.
If you can help please contact firstname.lastname@example.org at NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group or telephone: 0113 843 5470
Boost up your campaigning and activism
Do you wish to broaden your activist community and nurture campaigns?
'Campaign Bootcamp' is a week long residential training that gives its attendees the confidence, skills and community they need to run powerful campaigns. After the initial training is over, graduates get access to a mentor, follow up events and thriving network of support.
- Bootcamp 9 will run from Sunday 7 May to Friday 12 May
- Bootcamp 10 will be from Monday 10 July to Saturday 15 July
The deadline to apply is 9am Tuesday 7 March.
The organisers indicate that there are scholarships available so nobody is priced out.
More information is available on the registration page
In the news
Receiving a BAFTA award for 'I Daniel Blake', Ken Loach has denounced the government's 'callous brutality' towards the most vulnerable and refugees.
With Children's mental health week, Channel 4 has found out
that more young people seem to suffer from mental health problems than 5 years ago. The Headteacher of The First School in Chester talked about happiness at school and how parents could recognise when things aren't right.
The Independent report that
homeless women are turned away by local councils 'trying to keep numbers down'.
As thousands go online for psychological therapies, the Guardian has been wondering if it actually works.
A new Australian health watchdog is set to crack down on ‘gay conversion therapy’ practices.
New regulations for overseas patients
New regulations have been issued to recover the cost of healthcare given to patients not ordinarily resident in the UK. The regulations come with the publication of the outcome
of the consultation 'Overseas visitors and migrants: extending charges for NHS services'
Health secretary says there is 'no excuse for NHS shortcomings'
The Guardian reports: There is an “increasing disconnect” between what is said nationally about the NHS and “what people on the ground feel or see is going on”
It is 10 years since the 'Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham. It was at this conference in 2006 that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.
We have survived! To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign. You can also raise money by shopping online with the Giving Machine