NSUN is now a member of the VSCE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (which replaces the previous Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners Programme). This is through two important partnerships. As part of the user-led Win Win Alliance
- disabled people leading change (together with Disability Rights UK, Shaping Our Lives and CHANGE) and the Mental Health Consortia (together with Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, Mind and Rethink). As expected, the current pre-general election period has affected communications about the work and how it will progress but we will provide updates as and when we receive them.
Members manifesto 2017 updated
The members manifesto 1 page summary has been updated. Take a look at the link at the
bottom of this page.
17 steps for recognising warning signs of suicide
- you never know when your help might be needed says Anna Borges
Poor working conditions affect mental health workers state of mind - Many are not earning enough to live and face a range of employment relations problems, writes Elizabeth Cotton
'Pychiatry interrogated', a book review
- Dr Phil Hickey, who regularly blogs on an alternative perspective on psychiatry's so-called mental disorders, shares his thoughts on the book edited by Bonnie Burstow
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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 three minutes video is here.
Manchester Users Network (MUN)
have been collecting evidence on the affect the 'Shifting Care' (or better know as 'Stepping Down') policy is having on people across Manchester. This is when people are 'stepped down' from secondary care back to primary care without clear criteria or consultation. MUN are asking local MPS to raise the issues in parliament and commissioners to review this policy based on the evidence they have gathered so far. People are being left without essential support and are at increased risk of re-admission to in-patient settings. If you have similar experiences please get in touch with us.
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London Job Vacancy: Post Discharge Support Worker
POST DISCHARGE PEER SUPPORT WORKER (mental health)
Part time 21 hours per week – one year contract Salary: £21,845 pro rata
This is an exciting opportunity to join a small friendly team of peer support workers helping to improve the experiences of people using mental health services in Wandsworth.
is a user led group that has provided peer support since 2007, and has developed a national reputation for innovation. Canerows services currently include a Ward Visiting Scheme, Post Discharge Support services, a Drop In and we are piloting peer support in local secure settings. Sound Minds and Canerows organised Peerfest 2016, a national conference and celebration of peer support fo r Mind.
You will work closely with staﬀ on Ward 2 at Springﬁeld Hospital and the CanerowsPeer Support team to plan and deliver a range of individual support to people leaving hospital, with a particular focus on people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
You will have previous employment experience in mental health peer support, an understanding of mental health in patient services and above all energy, commitment and excellent 'people skills'. This new post is funded by Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group.
Closing Date: Thursday 8th June 2017 at 1700
For an application pack email or follow the links on the Sound Minds website.
Jobs: Bristol, Swindon & South Gloucestshire
The Care Forum in Bristol is seeking a number of dynamic individuals to join its team of staff. See thw whole list
Based at the Vassall Centre in Fishponds, Bristol with offices in Somerset and Swindon, The Care Forum is a charity which specialises in health and social care, including the delivery of services to individuals, signposting and information, patient and public involvement, volunteer opportunities and voluntary sector infrastructure support.
News from Shaping Our Lives
An Introduction to User/Survivor Research in Mental Health
Mind in Camden An Introduction to User/Survivor Research in Mental Health.
Trainer: Jayasree Kalathil is a researcher, writer and activist in mental health with over 15 years of experience. She runs the virtual collective, Survivor Research.
Date: Thursday 1 June 2017
Time: 10.00 - 4.30pm
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
More information on booking
Resources for voting
Joanna Matthews, Chair of Unlimited Oxfordshire and a member of Shaping Our Lives national user group recently wrote a short blog concerning the election. It's reprinted here with links below related to advice around registering and rights:
Find out more registering and voting
Election guidance for social workers and people using social work services
The deadline for registering to vote in the 2017 General Election is 22nd May 2017.
Scholarships for Service Users
As part of their commitment to inclusion of those with lived experience of mental distress in the learning community the University of Hertfordshire is pleased to offer two scholarships for the full cost of the MSc Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion(Online). Find out more about the scholarship here.
Visit the Shaping Our Lives website here.
Current research projects at the McPin Foundation
McPin conducts research in collaboration with people who have lived experience of mental health problems and their families. Work is currently focused around five themes:
- Children, young people and families
- Collaborating with people with lived experience
- Improving mental health support
- Inclusion and combating stigma
- Wellbeing and connectedness
To find a specific McPin project, please take a look here. For a guide to participating in McPin research, please head here
Mental Health Manifestos 2017
Association of Mental Health Providers Manifesto for Mental Health
The Association of Mental Health Providers - formerly the Mental Health Provider Forum (MHPF) - is the leading representative body for voluntary and community sector mental health organisations in England and Wales.
The Mental Health Policy Group Manifesto for Better Mental Health
The Mental Health Policy Group - a coalition of six organisations (NHS Confederation, Mind, Rethink Mental Illness, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Mental Health Foundation and the Centre for Mental Health) working together for better mental health, has launched theManifesto for Better Mental Health ahead of the 2017 General Election.
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
published their own manifesto 2017 -
Five steps to fairness, calling on the next government to:
- Implement the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health in full by 2021.
- Ensure fair access to mental health treatment and support.
- Improve the mental health of children and young people.
- Improve the recruitment and retention of the mental health NHS workforce.
- Set a greater ambition for the nation’s future mental health.
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
have launched their election campaign calling for:
- Access for an extra 1 million adults and 500,000 children
- Shorter waiting times
- Joined up services
- Quality treatment
Read UKCP's full manifesto calls
You can find links to the mainstream national parties’ manifestos for the 2017 UK general election as well as summaries of their pledges on the 2017 UK General Election site here.
The King's Fund takes a look at the elections
As we head towards the general election on 8 June 2017, there is increasing concern among the public about the future of the NHS. The King's Fund will be tracking how the campaign unfolds with the election tracker
and examining the big election questions facing health and social care.
You can also read a list of big election questions and some blogs concerning important themes in health and social care. Please head to this page
Self harm research
If you have used A&E Services for self harm at Bristol Royal Infirmary or Southmead Hospital, please consider completing this anonymous online survey as part of a second independent, anonymous and confidential review of services. Read more here.
Bethnal Green Ventures'
Spring 2017 Demo Day
Date: Wednesday 7 June
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL
A night of celebration showcasing the 8 tech for good startups from the Spring 2017 programme. You can see a full list of the teams here. During the past 12 weeks, the teams have worked around the clock to develop their ideas for using technology to tackle big social and environmental problems, with support from our great network of mentors and alumni.
6.30pm - Welcome drinks
7.00pm - Live pitches followed by networking
10.00pm - Event close - we'll head off to a pub nearby afterwards.
Find out more and book your place here.
Mental Snapp is a video app that enables mental health service users to tell their own stories by recording short video updates on their mental health. These clips can be recorded freeform or in response to prompts, which have been developed using the expertise of the mental health community. The videos and the overviews created from them are a valuable record of events to help service users increase their understanding and expertise in managing their condition day to day.
You can hear Hannah Chamberlain give an update on where they are in the development of the app
Mental Snap is now live and can be found on the App Store and can be downloaded free.
Mental Snapp is being released as a non commercial version for the NHS trial.
Find out more on the website.
Crazywise documentary launches worldwide
During a quarter-century documenting indigenous cultures, human-rights photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges often saw these cultures identify “psychotic” symptoms as an indicator of shamanic potential. He was intrigued by how differently psychosis is defined and treated in the West.
Through interviews with renowned mental health professionals including Gabor Mate, MD, Robert Whitaker, and Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD, Phil explores the growing severity of the mental health crisis in America dominated by biomedical psychiatry. He discovers a growing movement
of professionals and psychiatric survivors who demand alternative treatments that focus on recovery, nurturing social connections, and finding meaning.
CRAZYWISE follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation in hopes of recovery. Ekhaya, 32, survives childhood molestation and several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer gives her suffering meaning and brings a deeper purpose to her life.
The film launches worldwide on 21 and 22 May. You can read more about the project on the
Critical Suicidology 2.0 conference to be held in Canterbury
NSUN co-chair Dr Sarah Carr is to speak at this event on the Saturday.
Date: Thursday 30 June to Saturday 1 July
Location: Canterbury Christchurch University
The conference itself is free but delegates must fund their own travel / accommodation. To know more about this event and how to register, please visit here.
Money and Mental Health community
Martin Lewis of Money Saving Expert has set up a Money and Mental Health research community. Your contribution will help Martin Lewis in his fight to break the devastating link between financial difficulties and mental health problems.
As a member, you’ll be invited to take part in surveys, questionnaires or focus groups – either online or in person. We hope to offer you free trials of new products or services to test what works. And we will make sure your voice is heard by government, banks, retailers, regulators, the NHS and beyond. We will keep all your details safe and secure, and only use them for our research. We are a registered charity and will never sell your data or share it commercially.
To sign up you need to take this short survey (five minutes).
Help with your IT following last week's ransomware attack
The National Cyber Security Centre have passed on the following information for our members. Even though no further cyber attacks have taken place since Friday, organisations as well as individuals should remain vigilant. Especially if you have 'legacy' systems, i.e. older systems, possibly not supported anymore, such as Windows XP. Here are a few tips to help:
- Protecting your organisation against ransomware
- Microsoft patch for Windows XP
(relevant to the specific malware which struck on Friday)
- Update your anti virus / security suite
- Create a restore point in your healthy computer system
- Make regular backups of your data, or constantly keep it on a separate external drive (preferably not permanently connected to your computer)
- If you believe that you have been a victim of a ransomware attack, report it to Action Fraud by ringing:
Jeremy Hunt responds to criticism following cyber attack
Article by the Farnham Herald reports that the Health secratary stated that ' NHS has been investing extensively in measures to protect it from cyber-attacks but last week's event shows we must remain vigilant'. The BBC also wrote
about Jeremy Hunt's comments about the ransomware which targeted the NHS
High Court judge criticises Government over pharmacy cuts
Planned cuts will hit poor hardest
said a judge
Concerns over DWP benefit appeals target
A union shares concerns raised in a report that shows the Department for Work and Pensions sets a target to turn down the vast majority of benefit appeals.
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