NSUN comments on the Prime Minister's 'mental health speech'
Last week, Theresa May placed the focus on mental health in her first major speech of the year. Many reactions have already been published, most focusing on or reacting to a particular point. We chose to write a commentary and to address a context the speech itself did not. Read more here.
Dr Phil Hickey disputes well spread ideas concerning the
'biological evidence for mental illness'.
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.
NSUN 10 years anniversary short film available online
You can watch the film on NSUN's YouTube channel here.
Member's Manifesto 2017 draws on feedback from our AGM (January 2016,) the top list of issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and our previous manifesto and surveys.
Our revised 2017 members'manifesto sets out what we aim to do to:
1. Address the injustice and harm that have been caused by cuts to public funding and changes to the benefits system
2. Ensure that the policy of ‘getting the right support, at the right time,
in the right place, from the right person’ is made a reality
3. Ensure that mental health services make the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ a reality at all levels, through meaningful involvement in decisions about our own individual care and genuine co-production to develop services
4. Work together with people from socially deprived and marginalised communities to determine their support and develop alternatives
5. Challenge institutionalised discrimination and put equality back on the agenda for mainstream mental health services
6. Call for a reform of the Mental Health Act 2007 to
make it fully compliant with human rights legislation and ensure that people are not harmed or abused
7. Promote alternatives to medication, and reflect the social model of disability, in better person-centred support
8. Reclaim, challenge and revive survivor knowledge and research.
Down load the full version of the Members' Manifesto 2017 here.
Calderdale’s only independent mental health charity has a vacancy for one trustee.
Delivering a range of services for over 8 years now, we have grown rapidly in the last 3 years and expect this growth to continue. This is an exciting time, and we need passionate and committed people to help us in planning and developing our future direction. Trustees, who are also directors of the organisation, need have no direct experience in this role, but must have:
- An interest in
- Ability to contribute to the governance of the charity
- Time and commitment to attend at least six 2-hour meetings a year
HM Board of trustees has a broad range of skills and experience. To extend this range we are especially seeking people with experience / skills in:
- social media
- human resources
If these are not your particular areas, do still please apply if you are interested in charities and governance and feel you have experience to offer.
We actively encourage those with personal experience of mental distress to apply.Being a trustee is rewarding, interesting and sometimes exciting. There is no payment for this role. Trustees are volunteers, and we pay all expenses incurred.
Healthy Minds offers:
- The opportunity to contribute to a respected, innovative and fast-growing
organisation which helps anyone experiencing mental distress
- A period of induction
- Training and learning opportunities relevant to the role
- The option to have a personal mentor to support you in your new role
- Cutting-edge knowledge and experience, should this be your preferred career
- The chance to meet new people, extend your networks, and do some good where it really counts
- A very useful addition to your CV
contact Jen Fagan, Chair, for an informal discussion on 07795 035567
or email Wendy for an application pack.
Refer to our website for more information about what we do.
'A Disorder for Everyone!' events planned in Bristol, Edinburgh and London
'A Disorder for Everyone' explores the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, challenges it and proposes to create change. The events are your opportunity to have your input.
The events take the form of a one day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for everyone who is interested in the current debates around mental health. It aims to attract psychologists, counsellors, service users, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, mental health survivors, people with lived experience, managers and individuals
with a personal interest.
Facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson as well as Dolly Sen (Bristol), Jo McFarlane (Edinburgh), Rai Waddingham (London). It is a chance to discuss the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model in mental health.
- 3 March (9am - 5.30pm), Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY / booking here
- 10 March (9am - 5.30pm), The Melting Pot 5 Rose Street Edinburgh EH2 2PR /
- 8 June (9am - 5.30pm), Amnesty International UK 25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA /
For Bristol and Edinburgh, prices range from £0 to £ 99. For London, cost currently stands at £79 - £99. All free sponsored places have gone but attempts are being made to secure more sponsored places. Keep checking with booking pages.
Each booking page offers details about the events and presenters (with their website / twitter details)
NHS Remote Therapy Project
A freelance journalist is looking to talk to people who have had experience of NHS mental health services that use webcam, email, SMS or telephone for appointments. This is part of a project looking into the rise of remote therapy being offered by the NHS and how it impacts on service user experiences.
Hoping to talk on the phone to people who are happy to share their story (anonymously if preferred).
- Request Deadline: Thurs 19 Jan
- Publication TBC
- Contact: Daniel Kraemer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07539658275
With Added Nuts - performance from Sean Burn
Dates: Weds 1 / Thurs 2 February
Venue: Alphabetti Theatre, 18 New Bridge Street West Basement, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8AW
Reclaim the languages of lunacy and find beauty beneath those wounding words of sanism. disability art / spoken word. win real art prizes!
Sean says 'No moneys taken when you book but there is an opportunity to donate towards costs after the show - skint, your still welcome to come love & rage against the ongoing war against us all'
For tickets please visit here
For general info please read this page
Mental health, mental capacity and Human Rights events
The British Institute of Human Rights invites you to this session to be held on two occasions / places:
- Blackburn, 15 February, 10am to 4pm
- Norwich, 8 June from 1.30pm to 4.30pm
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.
To secure your free place please visit here for Blackburn and, for Norwich, visit this page
Members wanted for Co-production Panel supporting an evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC)
- Do you access health and social care services and/or support someone who does?
- Are you interested in increasing choice and control for people who use services and carers?
- Do you have an interest in research and evaluation?
The Social Care Institute
for Excellence (SCIE) is recruiting people who use services and carers to help co-produce an evaluation of the Integrated Personal Commissioning Programme (IPC). Successful applicants will join a Co-production Panel which will support the evaluation of the IPC.
For full details please visit this page / Closing date: Wednesday 25 January.
Time to Change seeks 8 Regional co-ordinators (part time) - Children and Young People
Time to Change are looking to recruit a young person with experience in mental health in each region.
Eight regional positions available Salary (pro rata): £19,432 per annum Hours per week: 15 hours per week
To read more about these opportunities and apply for the region you're located in, please
visit this page
'Get set to go' workshops coming to every region
From January to March 2017, local Minds will be delivering the Get Set to Go programme , 'running free half-day workshops across England to share their experiences and help you find out how the power of sport and physical activity can benefit your service users and organisation.'
The events will draw upon the experiences of those already working in this space, and are designed for service managers, business development colleagues and staff currently coordinating physical activity sessions.
There is one workshop per region, taking place between the end of January and the end of February. For more details, please read the booking page
Making sense of complex trauma and dissociation
This course will be held on 15 February from 10am to 4.30pm in Morley College
61 Westminster Bridge Rd London SE1 7HT
This one day workshop explores the many different ways complex trauma can affect survivors, including: flashbacks, vigilance, numbing, emotional regulation, dissociation, identity fragmentation, psychosis, shame, relationship difficulties, eating distress & issues with ‘the body’.
This course is facilitated by Rai Waddingham, an experienced trainer with personal and professional experience of complex trauma and dissociation.
- £12: Unwaged
- £90: Voluntary organisations and waged unfunded individuals
- £120 Statutory & commercial organisations (including NHS, Council & Private)
For more information and to book your place please visit here - the page includes a contact name and number
Jeremy Hunt on mental health and NHS performance
of the oral statement to Parliament o 9 January.
Jeremy Hunt to get £15million payout amid NHS crisis
An education business co-founded by Jeremy Hunt in 1996 is on the verge of being sold for up to £35m, Sky News learns.
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