Thank you to all who could attend our
annual gathering in Birmingham on 8 June and make it the wonderful unique event that it was. We are currently working on materials from the AGM, from written notes to filming and photography. The picture above is a very small rendition of the amazing graphic record by Debbie Roberts. More materials will follow soon. For the time being, we can share a report which was launched during the afternoon session by partner organisation Shaping Our Lives: 'From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress' is by Peter Beresford,
Rebecca Perring, Mary Nettle and Jan Wallcraft.
This publication explores the views of mental services users/survivors and disabled people about how they felt mental health issues were understood in society and how they themselves understood them. Most participants felt that a medical model dominated both public and professional thinking and that this was stigmatising and unhelpful and that further discussions about more social approaches to mental health were needed.
You can also read the NSUN 2014-2015 Annual Report here
and the report from the 2015 AGM here.
A Good Harvest—R.D. Laing’s son Adrian reviews John Foot’s The Man Who Closed the Asylums - R.D. Laing and Franco Basaglia, the subject of John Foot’s The Man Who Closed the Asylums, were contemporaries in close dialogue in the critical psychiatry movement that sought to revolutionise the field of psychiatry. They emphasized examining the structural bases to mental illness through a critique of capitalism and were aligned with the radical social movements that coalesced in 1968.
In his own review of Foot’s book, Laing’s son Adrian also observes this confluence of agendas, and praises Foot’s efforts to disassemble the ‘lazy narratives’ that obscure our understanding of Basaglia.
Healthy Lives London project questionnaires
Even if you cannot attend the Healthy Lives workshops about improving physical health for people living in London
diagnosed with serious mental illnesses, you can still feed into the project
by sharing your views via questionnaires:
- Please complete this if questionnaire you are someone living in London who has been diagnosed with a serious (enduring) mental illness.
- Please complete this questionnaire if
you are are a family member or unpaid carer living in London.
N.B. If you already completed the survey and did so before 4th June, could we kindly ask you complete it again. Due to a technical problem responses were not being fully captured.
Co-produced Innovation in Mental Health event
SHARE… PROMOTE… DEBATE… SOCIAL INNOVATION!
Social Care Strategic Network for Mental Health and NSUN co-produced conference will be taking place Wednesday 15 June - 9.30 to 4.30
Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6AQ
To book and find out more click here. Download the flyer here.
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. We want to continue to communicate weekly with over 5000 people. 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