The BMA comes out on psychoactive drugs
- a blog by NSUN member Daryl Brown, whose site, Sterilizing the Mentally Ill, is growing into a campaign. You can view the site here
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.
Help NSUN member fund travel to speak at US event
Alison Cameron has been invited to present at a major forthcoming event, which is to take place in California. Alison's abstract on the value of shared learning, written whilst in hospital, has been accepted by
Stanford University Med X Ed.
Stanford Med X
aims to place patients and caregivers at the center of medical education, in partnership with medical learners and teachers. The conference takes place between 22 and 24 April.
Alison has a lot to contribute but she can only head to California later this year if she finds the funds for travel and accommodation. Given the demands of a long term health condition, Alison cannot work conventional hours and struggles to make ends meet working for herself.
Let's support Alison by donating at / sharing her go fund me page.
Voices for Choices Forum focuses on Disability Green Paper
- Forum to be held on 17 January 2pm 4pm
- St Mary Centre 82-90 Corporation Rd Middlesborough
The Forum will focus on discussion on the government's disability green paper.
This event is primarily designed for service users and carers living in Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland. Service users and carers from elsewhere are welcome but Voices for Choices may not be able to pay their travel expenses.
To book your place or get more information: firstname.lastname@example.org,
Voices4Choices.wordpress.com, @Voices4ChoicesT, Facebook.com/VoicesFor
Rochdale based RBUF needs you
Volunteers needed to run groups at RBUF, an organisation based at
142 Drake St, Rochdale OL16 1PU
- Women’s Group
- Men’s Group
- Healthy Lifestyles Group
- Craft Group
- LGBT Coffee Mornings
- Butterflies (Trans) support Group
Full training will be provided and support will always be at hand. If you can spare a few hours each month and want to find out more information, please contact Adrian at
email@example.com or telephone 01706 515720.
Play explores LGBTQ conversion therapy
- Part of:
PUSH Festival 2017
- Mon 23 Jan 2017 – Wed 25 Jan 2017
- Home, 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN / 0161 200 1500
Combining projection mapping and animation with physical theatre, Mina
is a sensory, immersive exploration of the world of conversion therapy and gay exorcisms still prevalent today. But there is a twist. Expect magical realism and much more in this innovative retelling of Nataly Lebouleux’s award-nominated film Paper Thin.
More information and booking are available here
Free clinical psychology fringe festival in Liverpool
The psychology fringe festival in Liverpool from 18-21 January. It runs in the evenings. All the fringe events are free to attend and open to anyone!
This is a great opportunity to explore mental health and wellbeing through the arts. There are some great acts, some wonderful venues and it’s all FREE!
For more information
visit the dedicated site
Michelle Baharier launches new art exhibition
Saturday 4 February, 6pm - 7pm at Deli Felice 40 Albion St London SE16 7JQ
Known for her life long commitment to arts and mental health, Michelle Baharier (pictured right) has put together photomontages, painting, collages and drawings in a new show called 'Condition'.
Michelle is famous for:
Tickets are free but donations are welcome as they help with refreshments. Please
Project seeks lost histories of patient publications
is putting together a history of patient publications, especially those dated 1850 to 1950. Emily is hoping to find photographs and other objects related to these journals and would welcome stories of personal experiences from survivors, staff, occupational therapists, anyone who has worked with the periodicals.
You can get in touch with Emily Turner on Twitter @emilyjessturner or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop - the stories we live by
- 12 January 2017, 6pm - 8pm
- St Luke's Community Centre The Club Room 90 Central Street London EC1V 8AJ
This two hours session will look at different ways of figuring out who someone is, by asking the question:"What do we know when we know someone - including ourselves?"
This workshop is led by
Roy Langmaid, a Director of Talk for Health. It is free to all, so sign up and book a place now to book your place.
Survivor led helpline for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction
Offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Self funded and ran by an expert by experience, Rehab 4 Alcoholism is fully audited by the Helplines Partnership
on an annual basis.
Tel: 0345 222 3509 Website: http://www.rehab4alcoholism.com
Media requests from NCVO
- Good Housekeeping magazine is seeking stories about women 35+ who’ve overcome problems (Request deadline: 11 January 2017 – 4pm)
Women who have experienced struggle and hard times but who have now left their dark place behind and learnt resilience. Contact Ella Dove - email@example.com
- A TV company is looking for families living with different physical and mental health conditions, disabilities and illnesses (Request deadline: 17th January 2017 - 6pm)
7Wonder productions, an award winning production company based in London, is developing a new television project for a major UK broadcaster
looking for extraordinary families that make up society. They are hoping to produce a warm, celebratory documentary series providing a snapshot of families living with different physical and mental health conditions, disabilities and illnesses and how they impact on their daily lives. They are looking to create something similar to the "Undateables", whereby families are treated with sensitivity and warmth, while highlighting and raising awareness of what it is like to live with a range of different conditions. They will explore and challenge some of the issues and barriers faced. Ideally they want to find families where several members are experiencing the same or similar conditions though they would also love to hear from families where members are living with differing conditions.
Contact Mish Mayer - firstname.lastname@example.org
More welfare reforms planned
This year will see yet more changes in the benefits system. Here is a timetable
of planned welfare reforms.
Funds to improve housing for people with learning disabilities
The local authorities awarded a share of £25 million housing and technology fund for people with learning disabilities have been announced
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