Welcome to the 09 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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Kindred Minds to meet with UN Special Rapporteur on Health
In his role as NSUN's London and BME Consultant, Raza Griffiths is meeting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Health on his visit to London next week to discuss how to put BME treatment within the mental health system in the spotlight with the help of the United Nations.
NSUN organises meeting to promote a rights based approach to the Mental Health Act
A meeting to be held on 12 April, to put together ideas for letters to the government and Professor Sir Simon Wessely and for a press release which advocate a human rights approach to current plans to reform the Mental Health Act.
''Spring is in the air, and with it, the following progress with the manifesto:
1. We have obtained a venue for a launch at the Ortus Centre at Maudsley Hospital, in Camberwell London. Date will be mid July and will be confirmed asap
2. We obtained £500 from Forum for Equalities and Human Rights in Southwark towards cost of refreshments on the launch day but ideally, we could do with another £500
3. We have obtained costings for publication of the executive summary of the manifesto. Cost for 1000 copies including design work is £2000.
4. I wrote an executive summary of the manifesto, which at 6 sides is more readable than the 50 page full manifesto report. Please feel free to disseminate this widely - it is a pinned post on this facebook page
5. We are in negotiations with a group that is considering funding publication of the executive summary manifesto - details to follow once/if confirmed''
Putting human rights at the heart of mental health and care
The British Institute of Human rights (BIHR) have created a new video about how we use human rights to engage people in decisions about health and care. The video starts with the story of Nina, a young woman who used human rights to get moved closer to her family when she was receiving mental health treatment.
It goes on to explain how we empowered other people about their human rights, supported advocates to use human rights to challenge poor practice, and trained healthcare providers on how to deliver rights-respecting services.
This video was produced as part of a co-produced project that NSUN members took part in.
National Co-production Week – Nothing about us without us 2-6 July 2018
For the third year running, Co-production Week will again celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.
This year’s theme is breaking down the barriers to co-production. the organisers, SCIE, want to hear from people about what holds back co-production locally and nationally and how we can break down the barriers.
For Co-production Week 2018, SCIE want organisations and individuals to:
hold events about co-production
tell about your event and we can promote it
tell about examples of good practice in co-production.
tweet about co-production using the hashtag #coproweek.
SCIE's Co-production Week activities will include our annual Co-production Festival on 2 July, co-production training, a webinar, a Twitter event and much more.
For further information about National Co-production Week and support with co-production in your organisation please email firstname.lastname@example.org
RCPsych pubishes statement on racism and mental health
On 21 March the Royal College of Psychiatrusts published their first statement on racism and mental health.
Coinciding with United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, it sets out to reaffirm their view that we need to understand and tackle any form of racism, conscious or not, within mental health services.
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