Participate in shaping NSUN - take our members' survey
We are seeking the views of members in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. Comments will remain anonymous but will be combined with other responses to inform our
Members' Manifesto 2017. Your input is really valuable as it will help us to find out what we are doing well and identify the areas that we can improve on as an organisation. Your data will be stored until we have completed our annual evaluation work. We anticipate that this will be in August 2017.
We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time time to complete this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes.
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Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
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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
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DPAC need your help
Disability People Against Cuts (DPAC) need 2 or more people, one of whom is eligible for the higher level PIP in relation to managing medications under the LB judgement (but not under new regs) and another person who suffers psychological distress as a result of travel.
If anyone is interested in speaking further to a solicitor (ability to access legal aid may not be necessary) about this possible legal challenge please email contact details and brief information of your situation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Human rights campaigns group, Black Mental Health UK 's
(BMH UK)' demand that the Government end the practice of police deploying these firearms against patients locked on psychiatric wards has shattered the silence that surrounded the use of these weapons in mental health hospitals.
BMH UK's lobbying has secured parliamentary debates on this issue in both the House of Commons and the Lords, and effectively put a national spotlight on this hidden human rights abuse in a way that the Government can no longer ignore. In response to this Government has said that the use of this firearms against patients on locked wards should be more closely scrutinised.
BMH UK are clear that you do not monitor human rights abuses you ban them and nothing less than a ban on the use of these stun guns in hospital settings as
Please sign this petition
supporting BMH UK's call for an outright ban on Taser firearms against patients detained in mental health settings and use ban#taser hashtag when retweeting or emailing this petition through your networks.
You can also tweet this petition using @bmhuk with the hashtag ban#taser
Black Mental Health UK (BMH UK) is also conducting this national survey on Taser and are inviting repsonses from black people from Britain's African Caribbean communities to share their views on this issue.
Petition: halt proposed changes to PIP
Many thousands are deeply concerned by the Government’s proposed new regulations for the disability benefit Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This is a vital benefit for many disabled adults, helping them meet the additional costs of living with their disability. You can sign the petition here
and help circulate it on social media and email.
Also, read John Pring's article Billions of pounds of PIP cuts ‘will put lives at risk’on Disability News Service.
Sign Mind's petition here.
Spectrum Centre research projects
The following research projects are recruiting participants
Recovery focused CBT for older adults with bipolar disorder (RfCBT-OA)
50 people to take part in the study who live in the North- west, have a diagnosis of bipolar disorder and are over the age of 60. If you're interested in learning more about the study or taking part please contact Elizabeth Tyler: Email -
| Telephone - 07967 837938
Relatives' Education And Coping Toolkit (REACT)
The REACT toolkit contains lots of information to help relatives/close friends, ideas of strategies to manage common problems, and stories from other relatives/close friends about their experiences. All relatives/close friends supporting someone with psychosis or bipolar disorder who are 16 or over, live in the UK and have regular access to the internet can take part and they can self-refer themselves into the study through the
website. If you have a query please contact
Technology in mental health
Technology is increasingly being used to support the delivery of treatments for mental health problems. Researchers are interested in speaking to people that have used a technology-based treatment for their mental health in the past six months. This project is part of a PhD project by researchers at the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research, at Lancaster University. Chief Investigator: Laura Hillier
email@example.com / Telephone: 01524 595161/07548 801695
Healthwatch Newcastle/Gateshead conference 2017
Date: Wednesday 5 April
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
Venue: Kylight, The Beacon Westgate Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 9PQ
The theme for the joint Healthwatch Newcastle and Healthwatch Gateshead conference is ‘The whole me’. Hear about recent research, including our findings and recommendations for special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) and care homes. With your help the event will also look at our work priorities in Newcastle and Gateshead for 2017—18. The event is free and people are required to book by 24 March, please visit the booking page
Northumberland CCG patient forum
Date: 29 Mar 2017
Time: 14:00 to 17:00
Venue: Isabella Community Centre, Ogle Drive, Blyth, NE24 5JF
NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group is inviting local people to its county-wide Patient Forum to share their experiences of the NHS and help influence the design of future local health services.
The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for Northumberland has always valued patient feedback and has used it to improve local health services. The meeting will provide an excellent opportunity for the CCG to share important information and to discuss issues currently impacting the health of the people of Northumberland.
If you would like to attend or for further information please
email or call 01670 335 178
Dementia Cafe in Gosforth now fortnightly
Silverline Memories are increasing the frequency of Gosforth's Dementia Cafe to fortnightly. The next session will be on Monday July 14th from 1pm-3pm in the Community Room of St. Aidan's Church, Brunton Park, Newcastle, NE3 5NF.
Anyone living with a diagnosis of Dementia is welcome to attend with a Carer. Full details and dates of future sessions can be found
Volunteering and Social Action –Making the Care Act Real
Date: Tue 21 March 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 GMT
Venue: Immarset Centre 99 City Road London EC1Y 1AX
This free, national event will review the work led by Volunteering Matters for the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership’ Programme, to show how volunteering and social action have an important role to play in making real the wellbeing principle of the Care Act 2014. Register here.
Psychedelic Equinox Party
The Consciousness Healing Centre (TCHC) is an exclusively not-for-profit enterprise, situated in Gloucestershire. It operates as a Healing Modality for Consciousness as an entity in it's own right, during the weekdays. At the weekends fun' raising events are hosted.
TCHC is hosting a one-off Charity Fundraiser for
M.A.P.S. M.A.P.S was founded in 1986, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a non-profit research and educational organisation that develops medical, legal, and cultural contexts for people to benefit from the careful uses of psychedelics and marijuana.
Date: Saturday 18th March
Time: 5pm - 2am
Venue: The Open House/ Star Anise Cafe, Gloucester Street, Stroud GL5 1QG
Visit the Facebook page here and buy tickets here.
Shifting Perspectives through Theatre
A month's exploration of theatrical craft to ask what can we learn about ourselves, our experiences, and our roles through performance.
Every Monday in March @ The Dragon Café
From 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: The Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.
RE:CREATE Psychiatry are delighted to present Playing ON as guest curators for March where they will explore how their methodology translates from the wards of Homerton and the Maudsley to the service-user led space of The Dragon Café. Over four early evening workshops and four evening performances, they will demonstrate the key aspects of the Playing ON process and their active theatre techniques. Marrying professional theatre and socially engaged practice, they will ask what theatre can teach us about the roles we play, the people we are, and how we relate to each other? What can we learn when we step into each other’s shoes?
Monday 6th March programme available to view here.
For more information, please email Amneet.
Paying people who receive benefits - Co-production and participation
Date: Monday 27 March 2017
Time: 10:00 – 16:00 BST
Venue: Social Care Institute for Excellence 1st Floor Kinnaird House 1 Pall Mall East London SW1Y 5BP
This course is for people working in co-production/participation/patient public involvement in health, social care and housing organisations. It will be useful for anyone who is developing policies on paying people who use services and carers, this may include staff in finance roles.
Tickets cost £125. Please register here
Call for involvement to develop a Suicide Prevention Strategy
The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead are setting up a suicide prevention task and finish group with the aim of collaboratively developing the borough’s suicide prevention action plan (2017/18). The borough is looking for meaningfully involved in the development of the action plan. If you live in the Windsor and Maidenhead area, are available on the following dates and would like to be involved please get in touch by emailing Public Health
- 16th March, 4-5pm, Maidenhead
- 23rd March, 1-2pm, Maidenhead
Spring Budget - 21 things you need to know
Gov UK also comment
on Chancellor Hammond's budget
Lamb: social care budget 'gives stick plasters a bad name'
LibDem Shadow Health Secretary reacts
to the Spring Budget
Pharmaceutical buying groups in the NHS
Guidance updated this March
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