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Pushed to the brink
- how DWP benefit assessment practices contribute to the deterioration of claimants’ mental health, causing an increase in suicidal feelings.
Very welcome news from the membership
After the recent sad news concerning numerous closures of local groups, members shave shared some very welcome hope:
Trustee Peter Munn informed us about a group, located in Abergavenny (Wales) , which is the first NSUN connected venture in the devolved area - Peter would like to ask people to help him increase the visibility of this group, which he hopes is only the first of many to follow. You can sign Peter's
NSUN member John Knapp has compiled a very well researched dossier which has been enthusiastically received by Labour MP Peter Kyle. This dossier outlines the need for a primary care service which John believes Brighton and Hove council should set up. John's open letter to Brighton and Hove is
NSUN manifesto promoted at events
Our co-chair Dr Sarah Carr presented about Members' Manifesto 2017
'Our voice, our vision, our values' at the British Association of Social Workers annual conference last Wednesday.
Freelance Researcher Alison Faulkner also drew upon the manifesto when she spoke on Thursday at
at the Policy UK conference - 'A Revolution in Mental Health - A Year on from the Five Year Forward View'
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Call for blogging contributors
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Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
Last week NSUN was invited to present at two national conferences.
Dr Sarah Carr spoke at the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) annual general meeting (#baswagm17) in Liverpool 26 April and Dr Alison Faulkner
presented at the Policy-UK Forum event, 'A Revolution in Mental Health – A Year on from the Five Year Forward View: Ensuring Appropriate, Available and Accessible Services for All 27 April.
Both presented the Members' Manifesto 2017 and highlighted the struggles of the past and present, including the lack of investment in and disappearance of small user led groups.
You can also see below the Survivors Speak Out Charter 1987, shared by Patrick Wood (Sheffield). Interesting to compare this with our present Manifesto!
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BBC2 - Horizon 'Why did I go mad?'
Tuesday 2nd May, 9pm
Jaqui Dillon and Rai Waddingham will explore how for hundreds of years, psychiatry has treated voices and hallucinations as an enemy.
'Providing a rare first-hand insight into these experiences, they reveal just what it is like to live with them day to day. They examine the impact of social, biological and environmental influences on conditions traditionally associated with insanity, such as schizophrenia and psychosis, and within the film they look at how new ways of understanding the brain are leading to a dramatic change in treatments and approaches, and examine whether targeting the root causes of psychosis can lead to recovery. Above all, they try to uncover why it happened to them - and whether it could happen to you.'
For more information about the programme please
take a look here.
Mental Health Awareness Week - Surviving or Thriving?
This Mental Health Awareness Week, 8-14 May 2017
The Mental health Foundation will be exploring why 'too few of us are thriving with good mental health.'
They will explore:
- how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
- why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
- what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life.
Throughout the week there will be the personal stories of people who are surviving or thriving.
Fnd out more
Crowdfunding for Dolly Sen's DSM 69 project
Dolly Sen is a well known artist and activist working and exploring what it means to experience mental distress and the effercts of being labelled with a psychiatric diagnosis. Her art is witty, humorous, but also cutting and corusacting subtly getting under the skin of everyday psychiatric assumptions that leaves one feeling both wiser and nourished yet still in good humour. We are all the better for her art.
DSM69 is a small booklet, a notice of intent, containing a selection of Dolly's art and several manifestos. It is set at a reasonably low price and will be commerically available.
The project needs financial support - can you help? Please visit this page
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
LPT Yellow Book winners announced
Congratulations to the 30 selected entrants being published in the first ever personalised NHS Yellow Book for Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust!
This pilot marks an historic collaboration between ‘rethinkyourmind’ and Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust.
Winners will join Rethink Your Mind for the prize presentation at New Walk
Museum on the 5th July 2017. They will also feature in the Gallery at New Walk Museum in November.
view the winning entries here https://rethinkyourmind.co.uk/the-lpt-yellow-book-2017/
10,000 copies of ‘The LPT Yellow Book’ are to be published in July.
The winning song for LPT NHS created by refuge from the winning poem ‘Out of the Blue’ by Steve Walton is available to listen to here https://youtu.be/rxv-_NsQf-g
The song will be released on the 19th June with an official video from body artist Emma Fay.
The Shoe Cake Comedy Club launch night in Stockton
Date: 4 May,
Time: 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Venue: Musiclounge Stockton 21D Yarm Lane, TS18 3DR Stockton-on-Tees
*** FREE ENTRY *** OPEN MIC *** STAND UP COMEDY ***
A monthly Open Mic comedy night every 1st Thursday of the month. Open Mic spots available to New Comedians, Impressionists, Improv Groups, and Established Comics.
The audience will vote at the end of the night for their favourite comedian - who in turn will win the coveted ....'People's Parsnip Award'. A warm, friendly and encouraging environment for to all participants and audience members. If you fancy a go then send an email.
Online campaign calls on disabled people to affect election outcome
#CripTheVote is “geared towards both engaging the disability community in discussing the policies and politics that will most impact our lives but also to use our collective power to amplify the community’s voice on these issues”.
For more information and to join in, please visit this page
UKCP calls for next government to properly fund therapy services
The UK Council of Psychotherapy are calling upon campaigning parties to include mental health in their manifestos
- We want to see a million extra adults and 500,000 extra children gain access to the services they need.
- We also want to drive up quality, ending the current quick-fix approach to care. As a result, too many clients are currently stuck in a revolving door,
returning over and over because care wasn’t good enough first time round.
- £1.5bn extra for psychotherapy and ring-fencing of the mental health budget
- a 28 day waiting time target from referral request to first appointment
- higher quality: more sessions, more choice, and properly trained staff
- joined up services to stop people getting lost between child and adult care
To read more about UKCP's manifesto and to back it, please
visit this page
Global mental health: practice and critique beyond the impasse
The last few years have seen an explosion of interest in mental health as a global issue, evident in the Movement for Global
Mental Health and the inclusion of mental health within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet this movement has not been without critics,who have questioned everything from the utility and validity of psychiatric diagnoses and their global export, to the coloniality of global mental health (Mills and Fernando,2014). This has led to ‘a hostile intellectual climate’ and an impasse within global mental health that makes dialogue across different camps difficult, if not impossible (Cooper, 2016).
This event aims to create a space for practice and critique to speak to each other, and
welcomes you to come and join in the debate.
- Derek Summerfield (Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry and an important critic of Global Mental Health).
- Greg Harrison and Kim Parker (Partnership Coordinator and Clinical Lead fort he Gulu Partnership. The Gulu-Sheffield Partnership is a collection of organisations in Uganda and the UK who are working towards an aim of improving the support available to people with mental health problems in both cities. It is developing a two way learning process involving state provided services and voluntary organisations).
- Jhilmil Breckenridge is a poet, writer and activist. She is the Founder and Managing Trustee of Bhor Foundation, a mental health charity in India working on inclusion, advocacy and using poetry as therapy.
This event is part of the Collaborative Network on Global Mental Health
(funded by Sheffield Institute for International Development) and will be facilitated by
China Mills (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No need to book – just turn up. Tea and coffee provided.
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