Participate in shaping NSUN - take our members' survey
We are seeking the views of members in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. Comments will remain anonymous. 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.
We would like to thank you in advance
for taking the time time to complete this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes.
Are the mental health crisis teams in crisis?
Joy Hibbins, who runs a Suicide Crisis Centre primarily set up to support people who do not access other services, reveals that, lately, a lot of of callers who use the traditional mental health system have been contacting her organisation instead of the mental health crisis teams...which take too long to get back to people - if at all.
This has left Joy wondering whether the mental health crisis teams are
having a crisis of their own
Help and support page extended
Our help and support page
which lists helplines, websites and forums that offer support, help or / and information has been extended with two new sections:
- Welfare claims and appeals
- Human rights and mental health legislation
If you'd like to see other resources listed, please
let us know
Support NSUN as you shop online
We are a registered cause on the Giving Machine site. This means people can choose to raise money for us when they shop online. Simply click on the
NSUN page then click the Join and Support this cause button. Donating this way does not increase the cost of your shopping.
Members' Manifesto 2017
'Our voice, our vision, our values' draws on feedback from our AGM and members' event (June 2016), priority issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and responses from members to a direct request asking what should be in NSUN’s manifesto.
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.
Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin
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.
Call upon regulatory bodies to withdraw support for WCA assessments
In an open letter which can be signed as a petition, Dolly Sen calls upon the Health and Social Professional Council and the Nursing & Midwifery Council to withdraw support for the WCA assessments on the grounds of ethics.
You can read the letter and sign it here
Coming soon: Mental Health Awareness Week
This Mental Health Awareness Week, 8-14 May 2017, the Mental Health Foundation propose to 'look at mental health from a new angle. Rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, the Foundation will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health'.
In order to spread the word, we can all sign up to a thunderclap -
hopefully ensuring that #MHAW17 is trending online. It's like an online Flashmob, which will help raise awareness of mental health!
To register for the thunderclap and get your Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook account to broadcast a message about Mental Health Awareness Week, please visit this page
Animation: improving services for children and young people
NHS England have developed a short animation
on the work we are doing to improve services for children and young people with mental health problems.
This is a step in a bid to eliminate out of area placements for children and young people in mental health crisis.
Talk for Health evening programme and discussion evening
Last minute places available
on evening and weekend programme starting on April 29th! Talk for Health still have a handful of free spaces for Islington and Camden residents. This is a really great opportunity to attend our programme for people with nine to five jobs. The offer page offers more information about the programme and the days / times of attendance.
Join Talk for Health for an evening of discussion
during Mental Health Awareness Week: this is a free for all event, so do bring friends and family.
- 9 May, 6pm-9pm
- St Luke community Centre 90 Central St, London (Islington)
International event to explore 'The Wisdom Of Falling Apart: from Stigma to Transformation'
Join in for the first ever International EmergingProud day
of connection and innovation happening simultaneously in 8 or possibly 10! countries around the world. Be part of catalyzing discussions about ‘Rethinking madness’;Exploring The Wisdom Of Falling Apart: from Stigma to Transformation.
The main hub for this International event is in central London:
Date: Fri 12 May
Time: 09:30 – 22:30
Location: Strand Palace Hotel 372 Strand London WC2R 0JJ
You can book tickets starting from £32.45 on the dedicated eventbrite page
'They heard voices': documentary screening and discussion
'They heard voices' is a documentary which looks at the schizophrenia label and the Hearing Voices movement.
An “illness” with no "cure", the label schizophrenia has persisted for over a century. This film offers multiple perspectives. Is
schizophrenia hard science? Or an arbitrary, catch-all term with no real meaning? The film presents a series of wide-ranging interviews with voice hearers, medical historians, anthropologists and psychiatrists from Britain and America, presenting different people's views side-by-side. The result is a tapestry of contrasting colours. The movie trailer is
- 27 April 18:30 - 21:30
- Kennedy Lecture Theatre UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guildford Street London WC1N 1EH
Places cost £7 (unwaged) or £12 (waged) - please visit the booking page
Pre-election twitter chat on disability rights
The purpose of this online discussion is to activate and engage Britain's disabled community on policies and practices important to the disability community as well as to raise awareness of disability rights issues during the upcoming general election.
If you're on Twitter, you can join in this conversation on Sunday 30 April at 7pm.
Journalist seeks ECT testimonies
Journalist Jo Waters is working on an article looking at the recent rise in ECT treatments. She wishes to interview people who can provide her with two stories:
- one describing ECT from a positive angle (someone whom the treatment worked for)
- one describing the negative side effects of ECT (someone whom the treatment did not work for, or left side effects which were too long lasting and/or too difficult
to live with, such as memory problems)
The journalist would like to interview people who have received ECT treatment during the past 5 years, who would be willing to share their story in a 20 minutes phone interview...and who would consent to their photo being published.
Jo Waters aims at publishing her article in the Health column of the Daily Mail. If you wish to share your story with Jo, please contact her before Wednesday 5pm. Tel: 0208 289 1777 or email
A few words on sharing our experiences with journalists
- Don't hesitate to insist on confidentiality (e.g. using a pseudonym instead of your real name if you feel more comfortable, or avoiding any references to your location, age, etc)
- Ask if it is possible to see a draft of the article especially the part concerning your story, so you can agree or disagree on
the way your experience is described (these drafts can easily be emailed between the journalist and yourself)
- If you feel you're being pressured into providing details you'd rather not give, or realise that the tone of the finished article might not be what you'd expect your story to feature in, don't hesitate to say you wish to retract your story
- People who'd rather not appear in photograph in a newspaper or online will probably have to abstain as the journalist was insistent on the necessity of a picture
A&E to get more funding
Funds for next winter
will ease pressure on accident and emergency (A&E) departments in England
Consultation outcome: providing a safe space in healthcare safety investigations
This consultation has closed. You can read a summary of responses and next steps here.
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