As well as celebrating World Mental Health Day, October has been recognised asNational Black History Month for 30 years in the UK. This week's bulletin features events and news from around the country.
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NSUN member Daryl runs a campaign to raise awarenes of PSSD (Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction) an irreversible sexual disfigurement caused by psychiatric drugs. Genital numbness and loss of arousal; or sexual dysfunction.
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is developing a strategy to increase its research collaboration with charities; whether they are conducting medical research or delivering services to patients /service users.
This survey is part of a benchmarking exercise to assess your organisation's awareness of us, give feedback on how we can improve our engagement, and provide an opportunity to sign up to help co-develop the strategy.
To take the survey please visit here. The deadline for responses is 5pm Thursday 7 December.
British Institute of Human Rights launch short guide for mental health advocates
This short 8 page guide builds on BIHR’s work with health and well-being advocates.
This guide will help you understand how human rights are relevant to the issues you or your clients experience when accessing health, care and other services.
National mental health charity Together for Mental Wellbeing has appointed Dr Carol Cole as Chair of its Board of Trustees
Carol has been involved in the leadership, design and delivery of strategic change throughout her career.
She trained as a clinical psychologist in mental health and community care, becoming a visiting fellow at the King’s Fund and head of health at the Office for Public Management, before establishing her own successful consultancy practice in organisation development and change management.
She brings extensive experience of systemic change, strategy and governance, applying psychology to enhance business and leadership effectiveness.
Carol has advised numerous organisations in the public and private sectors and led assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East for multinationals as well as smaller enterprises and national charities.
She is a non-executive director at Central London Community NHS Trust and a trustee of Action for Hearing Loss. She was previously the senior independent director at Hounslow and Richmond Community Health NHS Trust and vice-chair of Deafness Research UK and the Association of Business Psychologists.
Carol will head up Together’s Board of 15 trustees, which, besides herself, includes three new appointments, Ben Thomas, Chris Munday and Sridevi Kalidindi.
Five members of Together’s Board have experience of using mental health services, in line with the charity’s commitment to involving people with lived experience of mental distress at every level of the organisation.
Carol Cole said: “It is a huge privilege to have been appointed Chair of Together for Mental Wellbeing, an organisation at the forefront of transforming the lives of people with mental health issues. I have been greatly impressed by the dedication and commitment of fellow trustees, staff and volunteers and very much look forward to working with them to help oversee the next phase of Together’s long-term mission to provide high quality, specialist services that help people lead fulfilling, independent lives.”
Liz Felton, CEO of Together for Mental Wellbeing, said: “Carol joins our board at a time of great opportunity and challenge for Together. As a charity leading the way in putting people who use our services in the lead, we are excited about the next steps as we begin a review of our future strategy. The need for good quality mental health support has never been greater and the contribution that people with lived experience can make never more important. We look forward to having the benefit of Carol’s experience to develop Together in a way that best supports our future ambitions.”
Together for Mental Wellbeing is a national charity that supports people with mental health issues to lead fulfilling and independent lives. It supports around 4,500 people every month in around 70 locations, and its services include support in the community, accommodation-based support, advocacy and criminal justice services.
This appointment followed an extensive external search and competitive interview process
Cross-disciplinary Mental Health Network Plus call & informal networking event
Up to £1.25m funding available per network
Following the publication of the RCUK Cross-disciplinary mental health research agenda and ESRC led webinar last month, the research councils (AHRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC and STFC) are pleased to invite proposals for cross-disciplinary mental health network plus awards.
The aim of the call is to encourage the creation of networks to address mental health research questions that require an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to accelerate progress; to build cross-disciplinary research capacity in the field and to strengthen the UK mental health research base.
The total funding available through this call is £9-10 million, with network plus applicants able to bid for up to £1.25 million (100% fEC) per network for up to 48 months’ duration. It is anticipated that between six and ten awards will be funded.
Details of the call are available online on the ESRC website.
Date: Tuesday 31st October 2017
Venue:Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ
Time: 09:00 – 17:00
Consultation event on crisis care in Middlesborough
Have you used mental health crisis care services in the past 12 months?
If so, you are invited to a free two hour event to get the views of people with a lived experience of mental health issues and their carers about crisis care. The event is not aimed at professionals, however you are welcome to come if this encourage and enables any of your service users to attend.
Date: 25 October Time: 2-4pm Venue: St. Mary Centre in Middlesbrough Travel expenses available
For more information, please contact Mark Burns, Engagement Officer at Voices for Choices, C/o Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Mind Centre, 90-92, Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX Tel: 01642 257020 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org @voices4choicesT Facebook.com/voicesfor
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