e-CPR, a health promotion approach - Dan Fisher
's passion has been to support people on their journey to becoming experts by experience. Recently, he has been promoting peer-run crisis respite alternatives to hospitalization. He has also helped develop emotional CPR, a program teaching community members how to help each other through an emotional crisis. In this article originally published by Mad In America, Dan Fisher provides full information about eCPR, which was designed to teach people to assist others through emotional crisis through three steps: C = connecting, P = emPowering, and R = revitalizing. eCPR recognizes that the experiences of trauma, emotional crisis, and emotional distress are universal; they can happen to anyone, at anytime, anywhere.
Annual Gathering 2016 - Birmingham 8 June
We are inviting all members to join the team for our annual gathering to take place in Birmingham on 8 June 2016. The theme this year is 'Thrive, Building for a better future'. The event will also see the launch of the Shaping Our Lives report ‘From mental illness to a social model of madness and distress’. Booking essential. Please visit this page
Co-produced Innovation in Mental Health: call for social innovation examples and event 15 June
Social Care Strategic Network (SCSN) and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) are looking for practical examples of where people using services have been involved in the co-production of innovative social approaches to mental health from across the country.
SCSN and NSUN Co-Produced Conference 'Co-produced Innovation in Mental Health' will be taking place
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.
Keeping control: Participants needed for research project
Keeping Control: Exploring mental health service user perspectives on targeted violence and hostility in the context of adult safeguarding
Middlesex University is looking for 30 participants aged 18 years and up for a user-led study exploring service user experiences of being victimized because of their mental health problems and what adult safeguarding should do.
The research is exploring what people with mental health problems think and feel about abuse and staying safe from harm. The organisers want to learn from you so that the process of 'adult safeguarding' will work better for people with mental health problems and support them to stay safe.
The researchers would particularly like to hear from marginalised voices: people from black and minority ethnic communities, lesbian, gay and bisexual people, transgender people and disabled people.
Each interview participant will receive a £10 voucher as a token of thanks.
if you are interested in being interviewed please download and complete the recruitment monitoring form at the project webpage.
The information you give on this form will remain strictly confidential but it will help to monitor and plan research interviews so as to include people from a wide range of backgrounds.
The recruitment deadline is 13 June 2016.
If you have any questions about the research please email the researchers
"Mental Snapp is a service user led innovation in mental health using video diaries as a means of managing and monitoring mental health. They have been given funding by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and UnLtd to develop a prototype, which will be ready in the autumn. To take it to the next level, they would like to pitch the business and have entered a competition, VOOM, run by Virgin, to get cash, kudos and credentials.
Greenwich Book Festival
Dates: 26th-28th May
Location: Old Royal Naval College Greenwich
The Greenwich Book Festival has a great programme for everyone, grown ups and children.
Mental health in literature is high on the agenda, featuring Alex Pheby's Wellcome-nominated book, as well as other lauded books...
Conference: Mental Health and Cultural Diversity
NSUN is among the sponsors of this conference, which aims at discussing and debating a range of appropriate and acceptable services for people from diverse cultural communities around the world.
For more information, including a full programe, themes, speakers and registration links, please click here
Please note that registration closes on 10 June.
Basildon based DIAL needs your help
DIAL (Disability Information and Advice) Need your help, they recently lost vital funding to provide vital and much needed welfare rights services within the Basildon Borough.
CALL – participate in focus groups on your workplace and mental health
Do you experience mental health problems at work? Or, do you manage someone who experiences mental health problems at work? Or, are you an HR lead working with people with mental health problems at work?
The Mental Health Foundation is working with employee benefits specialist UNUM to carry out research on workplace mental health. We are looking to understand how we can better recognise, address and prevent mental health problems in work and through work. We are interested to learn more about what support both people with mental health problems and employers need to keep people well in work.
We would like to invite you to take part in a focus group with peers to share your experiences in this area. We will be organising separate focus groups for:
Aside from the focus groups, we also offer the option to take part in a brief telephone interview.
We are also looking to speak with HR leads and heads of HR departments to discuss wellbeing policies and effective strategies to improve mental health.
Focus groups will take place in central London (London Bridge) in the last two weeks of May, and will last up to one hour. You will be reimbursed for your time with £5 and your travel expenses will be covered.
Taking part in a focus group is confidential and any personal details will be anonymised and will not be passed on to any third parties.
Your participation will help gain insight into mental health at work, address stigma, increase help seeking and promote recovery.
If this sounds like you and you are interested in being involved, please call or email Lauren Chakkalackal, Senior Research Officer at the Mental Health Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 020 7803 1187) with your contact details including your name, telephone number and an ideal time for us to call you back.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Oxford Academic Health Science Network is running a leadership development programme which focuses on developing collaborative leadership with patients, carers and the public. It is being run by The Performance Coach.
Are there any spaces available?
Find out more about the Leading Together Programme here.
Introduction to co-production training
Thursday 30 June 10am – 4pm in London
This one day interactive training session will enable participants to:
Full details are here.
West London Collaborative are incredibly excited to bring you another co-produced event designed to disrupt thinking and catalyse change...
Date: 8th June
Join Cormac Russell, West London Collaborative and West London Mental Health NHS Trust to ask where does love come in to a mental health crisis? What role does the provider play and what’s the role of the community?
After working with us on our launch event "My Mad Idea" at Chelsea Football Club last year, Cormac Russell is back to join us for another great event. Cormac Russell is Managing Director of Nurture Development and a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute at Northwestern University, Chicago. He has trained communities, agencies, NGOs and governments in ABCD and other strengths based approaches in Kenya, Southern Sudan, South Africa, the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Please book here to avoid disappointment!
NCVO: upcoming event and training sessions
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is planning Volunteers Weeks as well as a series of training sessiond
With more time to celebrate during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, 1-12 June, NCVO is getting ready for the big celebration – and would love you to get involved:
Training and events
View all training and events for 2016.
Stories of being: arts and mental health festival
18 to 22 May in London.
A series of informative, insightful and inspiring theatre, poetry and music performances, workshops, talks, installations and short films. Stories of Being aims to open up new creative discourses around subjects related to mental health and wellbeing - and encourage audiences to continue these conversations after the event.
For more information and what's on, please visit the festival's website
Mental health: forward thinking, delivering the strategy
15 September, 8:30 am - 4:45pm, America Square Conference Centre, London
Mental health funding is still lagging behind: As reported by the Guardian, New research undertaken by NHS Providers and the Healthcare Financial Management Association 'found that only half of the 32 mental health trusts they spoke to – 55% of the total – had received a real-terms increase in their budgets in 2015-16'.
Mental Health: Forward Thinking – Delivering the Strategy is about learning how recent recommendations will be hardwired into how care is commissioned, funded, delivered and inspected across the whole of the NHS and wider public sector.
To find out who the speakers are, read the full conference agenda and register, please take a look at the conference website
Research: the effects of the Prevent Agenda in the Health and Education Sectors
Amrit Singh, a human rights lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative is researching (from a human rights perspective) the effects of Prevent in the health and education sectors with a view to producing a report/briefing papers on the subject that could be used to advocate for reform.
Specifically, she would like to examine how the statutory duty under Prevent is being applied in the health and education sectors, what kinds of training medical and education professionals are receiving, and how Prevent is being applied in practice, who is being referred and on what basis, and with what effect on the community.
She would like to interview health and education professionals as well as others with expertise on the subject or families directly affected by Prevent about their experiences of Prevent. She is happy to anonymize the interviews so the identities of the interviewees are not revealed in the report/briefing papers.
Please email Amrit to arrange to meet in person a a convenient time and place for an informal conversation about your experiences of Prevent.
The full Prevent Agenda (government publication) is available online here
MacMillan's 3rd engagement event for mental health and cancer taskforce
Have you had cancer and found that the experience impacted on your emotional and mental health? Or perhaps you had pre-existing mental health problems and then developed cancer as well? Have you cared for or supported someone who experienced both cancer and mental health problems?
MacMillan are holding a co-design and partnership event for people affected by both cancer and mental health problems to come together with Macmillan staff and healthcare professionals to better define the problems faced by people with this dual lived experience and to co-design solutions to these problems.
The event will be structured and interactive, but led by the views and input of those attending. Lunch and refreshments will be provided free. The venue is fully accessible.
Where: 3mins walk from Euston Station, London, NW1
When: Wednesday 20th July, 10.00am – 4.00pm
Maximum number of places: 30 people
For more details and how to get in touch to take part, please visit here
Vacancy: Washington Mind
Learn more about Washington Mind here!
National Voices news
National Voices Trustee Nominations
Realising the Value workshop: 'Unlocking Change from the Outside'
DH non executive appointments
Information about non executive appointments to the Department of Health's public bodies and committees.
Public Health England is being reviewed
This tailored review looks at PHE’s performance and effectiveness, efficiency, and governance. The Department of Health wants to know what you think about:
You can respond online or by mail until 24 June 11:45pm
EU membership referendum
UK nationals can vote in this referendum due to take place on 23 June. To find out more and how to register, please visit this page.
What 'Brexit' would mean for people with disabilities
Commonly known as 'Brexit', leaving the EU would have dire consequences for people who live with one or several disabilities in the UK, whether they are UK nationals or not. Please read more here and here