As we start a new week much has already been said and shared about the attack on Saturday. Our thoughts are with all of the people who died and were injured and their families and friends, not only on Saturday, but in every other act of violence and hate around the world.
It is difficult to articulate the strong and varied feelings, the loss, the pain and the fear. We read and hear many calls to carry on regardless, 'business as usual', but it's important to acknowledge the pain and hurt such acts cause.
However, we are
unashamedly adding to the motivational statements of togetherness, as we really do believe that Together we are stronger!
For any help or information please see the following:
- Victim Support has a help information about support here
- Samaritans 116 123
- Metropolitaon Police
NSUN website to undergo transformation
is about to be re-designed. We'd like to have your thoughts on which contents you'd like us to preserve.
Can you contact us
with your favourite website 'must have's' , quoting 'new website' as your email subject? Thank you very much in advance, your help is appreciated.
How using paint, pen on paper or song to revisit trauma helps us put it in the past
- a blog by a Senior Lecturer in Abnormal/Clinical Psychology at Bath Spa University
Funding to house mentally ill, homeless is a financial gain, not drain
- this blog comes from the United States and it focuses on 'the other side of the pond'. However, the points made by its author can be considered universally valid
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.
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.
Members manifesto 2017
The members manifesto summary page has been updated.
Take a look at the link at the bottom of this page.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
Tribute to Philip Morgan (1965 - 2017)
Philip 'Spirit' Morgan (1965 - 2017) has recently passed away, leaving a big empty space.
As the Survivor History Group hosted speeches in Philip's hounour last Wednesday, our freelance colleague Jayasree Kalathil wrote a beautiful tribute which remembers him as a 'fellow traveler', 'a brother'. Read the tribute here.
Andrew Roberts and the Survivor History Group will endeavour to preserve Philip's legacy.
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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.
West London Collaborative seeks project worker
Are you passionate about Co-production, excellent at office management, and want to work in a small but innovative Community Interest Company at the cutting edge of promoting community assets?
The West London Collaborative have a temporary, 3- month job opportunity for a Project Worker. Based in Hammersmith, you will work closely with the Chief Executive. You will be welcoming and engaging with people, willing to attend co production meetings, like working alone at times and very organised and skilled in operational and administrative tasks.
To be successful in the post you must have held a similar level position, be able to hit the ground running, and want to make a large impact within a small organisation.
To receive the application form please email Jane McGrath: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: 12th June 2017
Pay: £12 per hour 35 hours per week/ flexible working / job share considered
Shaping Our Lives Disability News Service archive
Shaping Our Lives has joined up with Disability News Service to bring you the latest news.
You can visit the archive here
Evening of music in aid of Rochdale Samaritans
Rochdale, Oldham and District Samaritans, along with the Rochdale Retirement Choir, invite you to an evening of music, strawberries and wine.
17 June at 7.30pm, St Aidan's Church Hall, Sudden OL11 3EL
Tickets are £7.50.
If you'd like to attend, please call 01706 642139
General election 2017: party manifestos analysed
As we approach the general election, National Voices have taken a look at various party manifestos. Here are their conclusions:
National Voices analyse party manifestos
Young Minds call to wise up to wellbeing in schools
The wellbeing of students is as important as academic achievement. The education system should reflect this. Over 10,000 people signed Young Minds 's open letter to Theresa May, calling on her to urgently rebalance the education system.
The letter was sent to the Prime Minister on 21 April 2017.
Due to the announcement of a General Election, Young Minds are now calling on all the political parties to make this a priority in their election manifestos.
can show your support for our ongoing Wise Up campaign, and sign up to receive updates, by filling in the form on this page
Soul Relics Museum
The Soul relics museum is an online platform on story telling, objects and mental health.
It is a gallery of photos of objects and personal stories that are related to a difficult time of your lives (A period of mental ill health); and/or something that helped you work towards recovery. That object can be anything of personal significance, or/and represent institutional barrier to mental health care, etc.
Nominate for the mental health peer support Award
Selected projects will be invited to this year’s Peerfest, the Mind Media Awards and offered other activities through Peerfest partners’ work over the coming year.
Read more here.
Symphony for hidden voices
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust is proud to be hosting its first Inclusion Conference: Symphony for Hidden Voices on Friday 30 June at Port Vale Football Club
and you are invited!
Symphony for Hidden Voices seeks to share with you the stories of a number of different individuals whose lives (as all our lives are) have been shaped in different ways by their experiences of both inclusion and exclusion. It aims to develop the way in which we deliver our services through shared understanding.
Please follow the link to Eventbrite for more information and to reserve your place
Regular coffee mornings in Harrow
This is a casual drop in that is run by Pat and Meena in the ‘Food for Thought’ Cafe at the Bridge, Christchurch Avenue, Harrow, HA3 5BD
Every Tuesday from 11am – 12pm
If you interested in coming to The Bridge, it’s a good first step.
Co-production in Coercive Contexts seminar
This is the sixth seminar of the ESRC seminar series Re-imagining professionalism: towards co-production.
Date: 6th July 2017
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Venue: Leeds Becket University, Huddersfield.
The day will be a mixture presentations and group work that address whether co-production is at all feasible with coercive practices in mental health and in secure mental health units. Presentations will be by Professor David Pilgrim and early career researcher Charlotte Scott. Small group discussions will be facilitated by the University of Huddersfield enacting co-production, led by service users/survivors.
Places are limited and will be allocated to ensure there is a mixture of expertise from different stakeholders. Therefore, if you are interested in attending, please register your interest here.
Confirmation of places will be no later than two weeks before the 6th July.
If you have any queries or encounter any difficulties in registering, please contact
Travel bursaries of up to £50 are available to service users, carers, and professionals in voluntary organisations, please email email@example.com
if you wish to apply for this support.
Presentations will be available after the event via our Blog. https://coproductionblog.wordpress.com/
Follow on Twitter@ https://twitter.com/ESRCcopro
Join the Board of Healthwatch Bradford and District
Healthwatch Bradford and District are looking for three people to join our Board, one from each of the three CCG areas - Bradford City, Bradford Districts, and Airedale, Wharfedale.
The Board needs people with knowledge of health and/or social care, which could come from personal experience or current/previous professional or voluntary roles.
Interested? Please take a look at the organisation's
website for more details about what the Board does, a description of the role, and to express your interest.
Research to highlight best practice on mental health and transport
Transport consultant Meera Rambissoon is preparing a key research project on the subject of mental health and transport and is seeking input from operators and others in the industry for a survey of current practices and understanding of the subject.
Rambissoon will be presenting the findings in her paper at the Transport Practitioners conference at the end of June in Nottingham and will also share them with passenger, industry and mental health stakeholders beyond the conference and approach stakeholders and decision-makers.
Can you take a few moments of your time to fill in the survey? Please fill free to share it with anyone whose input could be relevant.
State of the UK's mental health: findings published
In March 2017, commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation, NatCen conducted a survey amongst its panel members in England, Scotland and Wales. This aimed to understand the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems, levels of positive and negative mental health in the population, and the actions people take to deal with the stressors in their lives. 2,290 interviews were completed, with 82% online and 18% by phone.
You can download the
resulting report for free (format: pdf)
Report published: children and young people's mental health - role of education inquiry
This report is awaiting government response. This may be published in the next parliament.
To view the report, please take a look here.
Why Theresa May can't escape the fall out from her social care u-turn
A Professor of Public Policy and Public Management at the University of Birmingham reflects
on how the Prime Minister ended up in a political tangle.
Heatwave plan for England
The Heatwave Plan for England is intended to protect the population from heat-related harm to health. To download the plan (also published in easy read version) please visit this page.
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