User-led alliance set to raise concerns for second time with Mental Health Act Review
An alliance of user-led organisations, mental health service-users and survivors, and their allies, are to write for a second time to the Mental Health Act Review (MHAR).
More than 120 organisations and individuals – led by the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) – wrote to the review in May raising alarm about its reluctance to recommend full rights that comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
To read the full article by John Pring, Disability News Service, please click here
Help us lobby the Mental Health Act Review
Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review, NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups. Can you help with suggestions? To get involved, please click here.
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting - Save the date!
This year we will be holding our annual members' event in Derby with the theme 'The Future of Peer Support'.
Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Time: 10am-10.15am - 4.30pm
Venue: The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8JE
This year we will be focusing on the Future of Peer (mutual) Support. What do we want to see happen in five years’ time and what are our national priorities for getting there?
More information will be sent out in the coming weeks but if you would like to secure your place please book here.
Watch the videos of the member Soap Boxes from our 2017 event on our YouTube channel.
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Gary Sidley wonders whether he is the only one who feels uncomfortable when reading articles that assert that a focus on nutrition – the vitamins and minerals we ingest – could be a solution to the world’s mental health crisis?
The Mental Health Act is currently under independent review, with recommendations for change due to be revealed in December. MHT writers of colour have contributed their proposals as to how the new law should be shaped. Jacqui Dyer MBE, co-chair of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act’s African and Caribbean Group, reports on how these proposals have been received.
'When I was 16 I left school with no qualifications and felt as if I had let my family down. I wouldn’t leave the house and got really paranoid and it was really scary'
Paul is active in a number of service user involvement meetings in Leeds as well as giving talks and being part of panels both locally and nationally.
Influence the production of guidance for therapists
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drugs Dependence (APPG PDD), which NSUN is part of, seeks expressions of interest from:
clients and carers/supporters
To join a panel of reviewers or to be involved in a specific working group for a project creating guidance for psychological therapists who work with clients/patients taking and/or withdrawing from, prescribed psychiatric drugs.
For more information about the project and how to get involved, please click here
NSUN London Leaders Digital Lab: summer 2018
NSUN invites representatives from user-led member groups across London to a FREE networking, sharing and design programme.
NSUN invites representatives from user-led member groups across London to a free networking, sharing and design programme on:
Tuesday 04 Sept
Wednesday 05 Sept
Thursday 06 Sept
Each day will run from 10:30am – 3pm.
The programme responds to feedback from the membership who have expressed the need for more opportunities to strengthen the user voice pan-London and will involve experience-based co-design.
N.B. No previous experience of design or digital technology is needed.
The programme will include six participatory workshops with the following themes:
Finding and amplifying your voice: the personal is political, collective power, leadership styles.
Creative influencing and campaigning: exploring local vs London-wide challenges, barriers and opportunities for change.
Creative mapping and storytelling with digital tools
Co-production and design for collective action: 4PI National Involvement Standards
A networking and workshop taster day will be held on Thursday 30 August 2-4pm where you will be invited to shape the programme according to your interest’s and preferences.
To register your interest please complete the form here.
Mersey Care Annual Mental Health Social Care Conference
Review of the Mental Health Act & Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Communities - What Is The Reality? The Social Perspective
You are invited to Mersey Care’s annual mental health social care conference.
This year’s is arguably one of the most important as it will highlight the imminent changes to Mental Health Legislation including future development in mental health services.
Date:02 November Time: 9am - 4pm Venue: Lace Conference Centre, Croxteth Drive, Sefton Park, Liverpool L17 1AA Follow the conference on twitter #mcftsocial18
The conference will have eminent speakers in the field such as:
• Sir Mark Hedley, High Court Judge • Dr Dissanayaka Nuwan, Consultant Psychiatrist & Associate Medical Director for Mental Health Legislation • Dr Suman Fernando, Honorary Professor Social Sciences and Humanities, Former Consultant Psychiatrist • Steven Gilbert, Vice Chair Mental Health Act Review • Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Work • Peter Edwards, Director Peter Edwards Law • Mark Trewin, Dept of Health and Social Care & Mental Health Act Review • Hari Sewell, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University of Central Lancashire • Dr Joe Rafferty, Chief Executive of Mersey Care
The event is free and brings together professionals and service users and carers together
The University of Nottingham is delighted to host its first “The power of music in health and social care” conference.
This one day conference brings together care partners interested in the role music has in quality of living and care.
The conference is for anyone who wants to learn more about the role music plays in care, including care providers, family and volunteer caregivers, care receivers, care workers, musicians, faith-based and community agencies, students, researchers, policymakers and the community.
Date: 12 October
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Venue: East Midlands Conference Centre, Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ
For more information and to register, please visit this page
Learn and travel with a Churchill Fellowship
There is just over one month left to apply for a Churchill Fellowship.
A Churchill Fellowship funds people to travel for 4-8 weeks abroad, researching a topic of their own choice in any field, that can make a difference to their profession or community when they come home.
No qualifications are required.
All UK citizens resident in the UK aged 18 and over are eligible to apply.
You can find details and case studies of past Fellows here.
Applications are currently open for Fellowships in the following award categories:
A paper by Sarah Gordon and Anthony John O'Brien. Published by the International Journal of Mental Health Nursing.
Co-production is transformative – generating different questions, approaches, ethical frameworks, insights, and outcomes; and ultimately creating new and unique knowledge that has the potential to contribute significantly to the creation of quality services, programmes, and policies. Co-production, especially when it adheres to the emancipatory ideals outlined by Carr et al. in this issue, is a disruptive influence aimed at transformative social change.
New network for employers who are and /or employ disabled people
The Health and Work Unit is run by a cross-government team, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care. The unit is working towards inclusive workplaces for everyone.
In line with this work, employers across the voluntary, community, social enterprise and the public sectors through the Health and Wellbeing Alliance are invited to join a pilot initiative that will bring together a group which will commit to being part of a pilot programme aimed at embedding positive attitudes towards employing and supporting people with long term conditions and disabled people.
This pilot will result in a network of employers that are “Positive about Pathways to Work”.
The aim is that the network will grow and have a life beyond this project. The network is encouraging members of the pilot to try and commit to employing at least one person with a long term health condition and/or disability.
For more information and to join in, please contact
Talk for Health provides a free programme in talking for wellbeing which enables you to:
Talk more openly and truthfully
Listen more empathically
Set up or participate in clearly structure ongoing groups to improve and maintain wellbeing
After the training, you gain access to a community of ongoing groups and events to build your wellbeing.
The programme is for anyone who wants to take care of their wellbeing, is free, has been shown to substantially improve participants’ wellbeing, and is described as ‘enjoyable, inspiring, safe, supportive, and liberating’.
Click below to find information, dates, and to sign up for the next programmes:
Location: Brixton, Lambeth with some local travel Salary: £55,000
Hours: 37.5 per week Deadline for applications: Monday 03 September 12 noon
For more information and how to apply , please visit this page
Opportunity: Brexit Civil Society Alliance Co-ordinator
Employer: Unlock Democracy
Salary: £32,349-£35,132 (£19,409 to £21,079 pro rata)
Hours: 21 hrs per week
Contract: 2 years fixed term
Closing date 16 September, 23:59 . Interviews will be held on 27 September
The postholder will offer support, information and intelligence to those who feel most removed from the Westminster bubble. It will also make sure that policy makers hear the concerns and experiences of civil society organisations from around the country. This means you will need to be comfortable with regular travel to meetings around the country.
For more information and how to apply, please visit this page
New Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill introduced
The Government has introduced the new Mental Capacity Act (Amendment) Bill, intended to replace DoLS following the Law Commission’s recent report. The text of the 2nd reading debate can be read and the Bill’s progress tracked here.
The British Institute of Human Rights wrote about the Bill on a blog here.
The Committee stage will begin on 5 September
Mental Health Act Review - August workshops
The review workshops during August set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far, on potential options for change and on what those options might result in for service users and professionals.
The feedback gathered from attendees will help inform the review’s final recommendations that will be published later in the year. The review’s aim is to bring together interested parties of all types, but we are particularly committed to capturing the views and expertise of service users, carers and professionals with direct experience of the Mental Health Act.
TheExeterworkshop, Tuesday 21 August has been cancelled but a new date will be confirmed soon.
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