Unkindest cuts: reflections on destruction and resilience in LGBTQ community-based mental health support
- By Stephanie Taylor-King (National Survivor User Network), Sarah Carr (Middlesex University, London) and Taz Edwards-White (Metro Centre, London).
This year, on January 29th, the community-led mental health charity Project for Advocacy, Counselling and Education (PACE) closed its doors after thirty-one years serving London’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer) communities.
Stephanie and Sarah reflect on the closure from the perspective of people who used PACE’s mental health services, and Taz from the perspective of someone who provides mental health support to LGBTQ people at a specialist community-based charity.
Share your views on the mental health and smoking action report
NSUN has been invited to give a user perspective at the first meeting of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership, which will take place on 12 September. We'd like to contribute your views to this meeting. To take part, please click
NSUN members action needed to save Number Ten
The Number Ten project is a service user led initiative based in Hounslow.
It is last of its kind, the Hounslow area having seen three similar projects forced into closure due to funding cuts and location redevelopment. Please show your solidarity with other user led projects by
taking three steps online.
Support and sign up to 4Pi, the National Involvement Standards
Developed and produced by people with experience of mental ill health, 4Pi (which stands for principles, purpose, presence, process
and impact) is a framework
for the involvement of service users and carers: in our own care, in our communities, in service delivery and evaluation and in organisational governance and strategy. Over 60 orgsanisations have already adopted the standards. To find out who they are, read case studies about 4Pi in practice, and get the resource pack please visit here.
4Pi is cited in Chapter One of the Taskforce report
(Getting the Foundations Right) as a framework to use to ‘help ensure services or interventions are accessible and appropriate for people of all backgrounds, ages and experience’ (p 25). 4Pi is also recommended as good practice to draw on for CQC to inspect ‘the quality of co-production in individual care planning, carer involvement and in working in partnership with communities to develop and improve mental health services’. It remains the only initiative developed by people using services and carers in the plan’ (p75).