Against the '1 in 4' statistic
- a blogger says why she rejects the now familiar statement
The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper: Magical thinking or evidence-based policy?
Blogger Jenny Morris attempts to expose the fallacious unilinear causal relationship that is being claimed between health and work and which also attempts to deconstruct exactly what the DWP is proposing
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.
NSUN 10 years anniversary short film available online
You can watch the film on NSUN's YouTube channel here.
Humour meets activism in film 'Shameless: the art of disability'
Art and activism are the starting point for a funny and intimate portrait of five surprising individuals with diverse disabilities. Packed with humour and raw energy, this film follows the gang of five from B.C. to Nova Scotia as they create and present their own images of their disabilities.
Also available on DVD, the film can be watched online here
Band to perform on Leicestershire mental health wards for Christmas
Following positive feedback, the band Refuge have been booked to provide further Christmas performances on both the Adult and Older Peoples Wards at Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. The band performs in hospitals as part of the Moving In Wards
project, which is funded by the sales of the band's album.
mentored in its production by Mark Morriss lead singer of 90’s chart topping band the bluetones has been released and is available on a double CD. The latest song ‘Sight’ exploring perception by refuge is available to listen to:
The Mindfulness album with music from refuge is also available in this double CD package and features mindful body scan meditations by Claire Evans owner of The Centre of Wellbeing and author of the wellbeing material in The Yellow Book. New Mindful Meds are being created and made part of The Audio Yellow Book
this year and one a month is being given away for FREE whilst the rethinkyourmind project is open for entries. To learn more about ‘Within’ and download your free Mindful Med for November, please visit https://rethinkyourmind.co.uk/mindful-meds/
Suicide Crisis charity featured on BBC news
Last Tuesday evening the BBC 6 o clock news included a news item about the charity Suicide Crisis. A BBC TV crew accompanied Suicide Crisis as they went out to clients who are at immediate risk.
As well as providing a Suicide Crisis Centre where clients can visit, Suicide Crisis also needs to go out to clients. When they are highly distressed or unwell, they cannot always get to the charity.
The powerful BBC online video focuses on "Sarah". It shows some of the many reasons why Suicide Crisis is needed. The NHS crisis team is "closed" when Suicide Crisis calls them on Sarah's behalf at 9.40pm. Sarah has an enduring mental health diagnosis and is known to MH services.
The link to the BBC news piece is below:-
The programme accompanies her to A&E to have her physical wounds tended, and to seek psychiatric hospital admission. She is told A&E is not an appropriate place for her. She is told there are no available psychiatric beds at the local inpatient unit.
Review questions long term prescription of anti-psychotics
In an analysis for the British Journal of Psychiatry, experts in the UK question the evidence for the common practice of prescribing antipsychotics long-term after a single episode of psychosis. They suggest that psychiatrists consider the severe side effects and slowly reduce patients to the lowest dose that prevents the return of distressing symptoms.
"A Disorder for Everyone!" - Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and the implications for practice
This one day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event is for everyone who is interested in the current debates around mental health. It aims to attract psychologists, counsellors, service users, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, people with lived experience, managers and individuals with a personal interest.
10 March 2017, 9am to 5pm, Edinburgh Training and Conference Venue, 16 St Marys St, Edinburgh EH1
For more information and advance booking please visit here
Email the Chancellor of the Exchequer to demand equality for mental health
A year ago Norman Lamb MP, Alastair Campbell and Andrew Mitchell MP
brought together 250 leaders from business, trade unions, the arts, music, sport, education, health and politics to demand equality for those who suffer from mental ill health, particularly in terms of timely access to good, effective treatment.
The resulting campaign Equality4Mental Health,
was boosted by more than 20,000 people signing up online in support.
The then Chancellor of the Exchequer responded by announcing an additional £600m for mental health in the Spending Review last Autumn. But, since then, not enough has changed and in many respects the situation is worse.
So the campaign leaders have written a statement to Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, highlighting 10 points. You can directly email the Chancellor to ask him to 'please
study the open letter from Equality4MentalHealth and please do all you can to deliver on the reasonable and necessary demands being made.
Click here to email Philip Hammond
Video explains the Mental Capacity Act
In a new film, Baroness Finlay, Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum, explains how the Mental Capacity Act can support care staff with difficult decisions. "The MCA isn't a blanket judgement over people's mental capacity."
To watch the video, please click here
BIHR Comments on the Care Quality Commission’s Mental Health Act Report
“It is important that the CQC report has tackled some key human rights issues in mental health settings, such as blanket restrictions, locked wards, the provision of information and advocacy to patients, and consent to treatment'' say the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR)
To read CQC's report and BIHR's full comments, please click here
Learn to talk for a fit mind
Learn to talk for a fit mind on Talk for Health's 4.5 day training programme covering basic counselling skills, empathic listening, open communication and tools to build good relationships. The next taster
is on 13 January, 2pm - 4pm, at Killick Street Health Centre, 75 Killick Street, London N1 9 RH
Please note this training is FREE for people living and working in Islington. Talk for Health can also take some Camden residents.
Talk for Health have more free training an workshops, please visit this page for information
Have you had, or care for someone with, cancer and experience of mental ill health? Share your story!
Macmillan Cancer Support
is working to gather personal stories from people living with, or caring for someone with both mental health problems and cancer.
Cancer affects nearly 1 in 2 people during their lifetime, and mental health/emotional wellbeing problems affect 1 in 4 adults during any one year, so there will be lots of people out there with this dual lived experience.
Macmillan’s Mental Health and Cancer Taskforce
aims to better understand the needs and ideas for change of people affected by both cancer and mental health problems.
For more information and a contact email please take a look 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