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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.
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Dr Phil Hickey wonders about the future
of the anti-psychiatry movement.
The Victorians are to blame for assumptions that self-harm is just attention-seeking - the attitude that self-harm is attention-seeking has only been common since the late 19th century, says blogger.
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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.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The 3 minutes video is here.
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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
and the general info mailbox. Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.
'Boot out austerity' march needs speakers
On 19th April, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there -
you too can get involved.
Drawing inspiration from the Jarrow marchers of 1936, and more recently the People’s March for the NHS in 2014 and a group of psychologists who Walked the Talk in 2015, the aim of the walkers will be to highlight the devastating impact of nine years of austerity.
The organisers want to have a good send-off each morning, which will help to add to the publicity the walk generates - which is the whole point of doing the walk.
People will be gathering at 9am each morning - in
Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Sandbach, Northwich (10am, Sunday lie-in!) and Runcorn
- Days 1 (19th April) to 7 (25th April) respectively. Precise meeting points will be on the website (address below) very soon.
It would be great if each morning there was a local service user, carer, survivor or other concerned citizen, who was able to join in to say a few words as part of that morning's send-off. If you're interested in doing this on one of the days, could you phone Guy Shennan, one of the walk organisers, on 07841 529798 or email him at
To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support, please complete this short questionnaire.
Visit the website for more information.
'First do no harm' : study exposes WCA policy
‘First, do no harm’: are disability assessments associated with adverse trends in mental health? A longitudinal ecological study
In England between 2010 and 2013, just over one million recipients of the main out-of-work disability benefit had their eligibility reassessed using a new functional checklist—the Work Capability Assessment. Doctors and disability rights organisations have raised concerns that this has had an adverse effect on the mental health of claimants, but there are no
population level studies exploring the health effects of this or similar policies.
The programme of reassessing people on disability benefits using the Work Capability Assessment was independently associated with an increase in suicides, self-reported mental health problems and antidepressant prescribing. This policy may have had serious adverse consequences for mental health in England, which could outweigh any benefits that arise from moving people off disability benefits.
The complete research paper by B Barr, D Taylor-Robinson, D Stuckler, R Loopstra, A Reeves, M Whitehead, is available here
RD Laing biopic to be released soon
Mad To Be Normal reveals the story of R.D. Laing, the famous psychiatrist and one of Scotland’s greatest ever minds. The film , starring David Tennant (pictured with two co-stars), will soon be showing on Britain's silver screens.
The film's website offers a synopsis, a trailer and a list of screening locations and dates - please visit here
South Tees CCG Patient and Public Advisory Group recruiting now
NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking to recruit an additional 6 members of the public onto the Patient and Public Advisory Group (PPAG).
As a core member of this group, you need to be a resident of either Redcar and Cleveland or Middlesbrough. You will be able to share your experiences of using local health services. You will be supported to develop a good understanding of clinical commissioning to influence local services and have the opportunity to share other people’s experiences.
Closing date for applications is Friday 24 March.
Shortlisted applicants will be notified by 29 March and invited to a meeting with current PPAG members in April.
For more information and how to apply, please visit here
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust looking for an admin volunteer
Would you like to support the offender health liaison and diversion team? Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust are looking for an administrative volunteer to work with the team at Flatts Lane Centre, Middlesbrough.
This team works closely with police and courts to help people who enter the criminal justice system who have mental health issues or learning disabilities to ensure they get the right treatment at the right time.
If you would like to gain valuable experience in this area and are interested in finding out more or applying visit www.jobs.nhs.uk Ref 346-A-17-14348
Closes 5 April.
National AMHP Leads Network Conference
- Mon 10 July, 10:30 – 16:30
- Indian YMCA 41 Fitzroy Square London W1T 6AQ
This year's main themes include:
- CQC focused visits: experiences of services
- Changes in
legislation: impact on AMHP services
- Service models and ensuring sufficiency of AMHPs
- AMHP competencies and approvals
You can book your place here
Report adverse medication side effects
Yellow Card Scheme
- Website for reporting adverse drug reactions, medical device adverse incidents, defective medicines, and counterfeit or fake medicines within the UK.
The Scheme collects information on suspected problems or incidents involving
- side effects (also known as adverse drug reactions or ADRs)
- medical device adverse incidents
- defective medicines (those that are not of an acceptable quality)
- counterfeit or fake medicines or medical devices
- safety concerns for e-cigarettes or their refill containers (e-liquids)
There is also the independent April Blog
about iatrogenic harm. Adverse side effects causing psychiatric changes from medical treatment including everyday medicines and anaesthetics
Support Young Minds' #HelpToGetHome campaign
Charity YoungMinds are calling on the Government to set out strong, enforceable rights to protect children in mental health hospitals, and their families, when they need it most.
Anyone living the United Kingdom can sign this petition.
Survivors History Group announces forthcoming meetings
The group meets Together 12 Old Street on the last Wednesday of the month from 1pm-5pm. Everyone is welcome. There is also a special event in Hackney on Sunday 7.5.2017 recalling
the early history of Mental Patients Union there.
The forthcoming 4 meetings will cover the following topics:
Wednesday 29.3.2017 Remembering the lives of Dina Ibrahim (1982- 2017) and Robert Dellar (1964- 2016).
Wednesday 31.5.2017 The survivor heritage in archives, websites, plaques, museums and art collections - a discussion led by Sarah Chaney, who has been very actively promoting the issues.
Wednesday 26.7.2017 Rose Gardens: Alternative dreams and realities - A discussion based on Searching for a Rose Garden: challenging psychiatry, fostering Mad
Studies - a collection of articles edited by Jasna Russo and Angela Sweeney. Volunteers needed to read and prepare.
Wednesday 27.9.2017 The history and future of Welfare and participation - A discussion
based on Peter Beresford's book All Our Welfare
If you wish to attend please inform Andrew Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
telephone: 020 8 986 5251 / mobile 07505527755
Event exploring the culture of diagnosis to take place in London
A disorder for everyone has been touring the UK and is now due to take place in London on 8 June.
- 8 June 2017 (9.30 to 5.30)
- Amnesty International UK 25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Jo Watson, Rai Waddingham and Pete Sanders - it is a chance to discuss the critical questions of
the day around the biomedical model in mental health.
NSUN attended the event in Bristol earlier this month and we appreciated the very friendly atmosphere and the opportunity to meet like minded people. The morning offers presentations whilst the afternoon features three workshops, where delegates can explore the concept of labeling, from names to diagnoses.
please visit the booking page for more information
Can you help a trainee with two projects about mental health?
Vanessa is a trainee currently on a charity graduate scheme. She has to complete two pieces of research about a social course area:
1. Exploring the possibility of designing a long-term people-led service for supporting one another with mental health concerns as the current service landscape (NHS or voluntary sector) is time-limited support and often people may feel quite frustrated upon discharge. Here's the link of the scheme:
http://www.charity-works.co.uk/. As part of data collection, the trainee is planning to interview people with mental health issues as to their views in accessing service and also gather their thoughts in this kinda of long term people-led services (what shape/ form this should be, and whether this will be worthwhile)
2. Developing an art/storytelling and mental health platform with the hope of turning this into a campaign and a physical museum exhibition - http://soulrelicsmuseum.me/. This is a learning process and there are several ways to get involved (it can be being part of designing the project, seeking funding, giving opinions about the design; or contributing their story and object).
If you'd like to participate in either or both projects please contact Vanessa: email@example.com
NHS Digital publishes MHA figures
This online publication
summarises information collected about uses of The Mental Health Act (1983) (‘The Act’), as amended by The Mental Health Act 2007 (‘The 2007 Act’) and by other legislation, during 2015/16
DoH expands medical eduction to train 'home grown doctors'
The expansion of undergraduate training places aims to increase the home-grown medical workforce by 25% -
read more here
NHS prescription levy set to increase
Charges for NHS prescriptions, wigs and fabric supports, and dental care to change from 1 April -
read more here
Petition calls for enquiry into DWP and use of sanctions
This petition calls for a parliamentary enquiry similar to the enquiry held over Sports Direct
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