NSUN Bulletin 9th April 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 09 April 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 09 April 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 09 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
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NSUN news 
UN Special Rapporteur on HealthKindred 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.
Read more here
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.
Read more here
Kindred Minds Manifesto updates by Raza Griffiths

''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''
Member's blog 
suicidal ideationI matter, we all matter - appalling treatment in hospital leaves blogger more suicidal than when she went in.
'It is really something to come out of hospital, after taking an overdose, and feel worse than what drove one to take the overdose in the first place.'
Win Win Alliance disability as an asset seminar 
Disability Rights UK Exploring the employment of disabled people in the NHS. Come and share your ideas and get answers to your questions.
Date: 25 April
Time: 10.00am to 4.00pm
Venue: RCPCH, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8SH
For more information, please visit this page
Putting human rights at the heart of mental health and care 
BIHR Human Rights at the heart of mental health 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.
The project also produced a toolkit on hospital discharge and human rights
Three Advisory group members needed at the Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights, Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham 
IMH Nottingham Vacancy: Advisory Group member (3 positions)

Where the activity is to be done: One annual meeting at the IMH in Nottingham; possible occasional meetings at the IMH; otherwise comment and advice by email.

Time commitment needed: approx. two days per year
For more information, please visit this page.
The Mental Health Act: A Human Rights Perspective 
Mental health act from a human rights perspective
The English National Hearing Voices Network, presents ...

The Mental Health Act: A Human Rights Perspective

  • Professor Nimisha Patel (University of East London)
  • Dr Colin King (St George's University of London)
  • Dr Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire and Managing Editor: Asylum: the magazine for Democratic Psychiatry)
Date: Friday 27 april
Time: 10am - 4:30pm (registration from 9:30am)
Venue: Amnesty International 17-25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA
For more information and booking, please visit here
Free peer counselling programme in London 
Talk for Health Talk for Health offers a free 4.5-day peer-counselling programme to enable people to talk better care of their emotional wellbeing.
There are 2 programmes coming up: one starting this month for Islington and Camden residents only; and one starting in May, which is open to all.
 If you, or someone you know, could benefit from learning how to talk openly and truthfully and how to listen empathetically, then click here for more details and to sign-up.”
Help create better mental health services in City and Hackney 
The Advocacy Project, Hackney Mental Health Voice is collecting people’s experiences of discharge from hospital, for an evaluation.
The evaluation is being carried out by a team of local people who have experienced mental illness.
The team will feedback findings and recommendations to local service providers.
If you would like to be involved or have questions, contact: Bonnie Studd on 07934298720/ bonnie@advocacyproject.org.uk.
When and where you can share your experience:
  • When: Monday 23  April (1-4pm) & Tuesday 24  April (1.30-4.30pm)
  • Where: Hackney CVS, 24-30 Dalston Ln, London E8 3AZ
If these dates do not work for you, the team can find an alternative time or location.
Peerfest pre-meet 
Peerfest Peerfest Pre-Meet is a unique opportunity to connect and learn from new peer support partners, and discover what it takes to create and host Peerfest 2018.
Date: 24 April
Time: 11:45 – 15:30
Venue: De Morgan House,57-58 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 4HS
To book your free place, please visit this page
National co-production week coming up in July 
SCIE 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 copro@scie.org.uk
RCPsych pubishes statement on racism and mental health 
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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.
You can view the full statement here.
New Healthwatch Strategy launched 
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The new strategy sets out how Healthwatch England plans to support more people to have their say, and ensure these views are used by professionals to improve health and social care.

Download the strategy to read about our new aims.

How can you get involved?
Join the webinar on Monday 23 April, 2- 4 pm to find out more about the future plans. You'll also have an opportunity to ask the Healthwatch leadership team any questions about our new strategy.
GOV.UK news 
CQC's brief guide on 'Recovery Orientated Practice'
Read the full paper here.
Open Consultation - civil society strategy
Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.
This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May
Final Government Response to the Law Commission's review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Mental Capacity
This is the final response by Caroline Dinenage (Minister of State for Health)
Improving the health and wellbeing of women in prison
Public Health England have published new Gender Specific Standards.
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