Members' Manifesto 2017 launched
Our Members' Manifesto 2017 was amended since last week's initial launch. Please refer to this new version...and let any contacts know that the document needed a few corrections.
We apologise for any inconvenience or confusion caused.
Peer Supported Open Dialogue: an event review
Open Dialogue UK held its Peer Supported Open dialogue event on 22 March in London.
NSUN attended and offers a
Towards an alternative and holistic framework for wellbeing and mental health
- Anand Pattni, Survivor Researcher shares his thoughts and invites you to contact him to participate in his project.
Whatever happened to the new relationship with people and communities?
- There is much to welcome in the reboot of the Five Year Forward View. National Voices’ previous advice has been: this is a good if imperfect plan, stick with it...But something is missing.
Managed care models are hurting the UK’s mental health system
- The cultural paradigm lying behind the UK’s mental health system is rooted in neoliberal political and economic theory. This blogger's argument is that it is essential that this model is countered and mediated by a wider, more inclusive socially oriented group-relational understanding of how we live and interact together.
Participate in shaping NSUN - take our members' survey
We are seeking the views of members in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. Comments will remain anonymous. Your input is really valuable as it will help us to find out what we are doing well and identify the areas that we can
improve on as an organisation. Your data will be stored until we have completed our annual evaluation work. We anticipate that this will be in August 2017.
We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time time to complete this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes.
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.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin
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.
Crowdfunding for Dolly Sen's DSM 69 project
Dolly Sen is a well known artist and activist working and exploring what it means to experience mental distress and the effercts of being labelled with a psychiatric diagnosis. Her art is witty, humorous, but also cutting and corusacting subtly getting under the skin of everyday psychiatric assumptions that leaves one feeling both wiser and nourished yet still in good humour. We are all the better for her art.
DSM69 is a small booklet, a notice of intent, containing a selection of Dolly's art and several manifestos. It is set at a reasonably low price and will be commerically available.
The project needs financial support - can you help? Please visit this page
Part time service user researcher post with Lancaster University
Lancaster University have an opening for a service user researcher to contribute to the Spectrum Centre programme of psychological research into bipolar disorder, psychosis and related conditions including both service users and relatives’ perspectives. The Spectrum Centre (led by Professor Steve Jones and Professor Fiona Lobban) has an international reputation for excellence in its work in developing, evaluating and implementing new psychological interventions (face to face and digital) for severe mental health issues
If you'd like to
know more about this opportunity and apply, please take a look at the dedicated page
Tackling multiple disadvantage event to be held in Milton Keynes
Homeless Link are organising this event, to take place on 8 and 9 May in Milton Keynes.
This 2 day conference will focus on the links between homelessness, substance misuse, mental ill health, violence, contact with the criminal justice system, domestic abuse and extreme poverty. It will look at how these issues often go unrecognised by services and systems mostly designed to deal with one issue at a time and what we can do to tackle multiple disadvantage.
The conference page offers agendas, a
contact name and booking links, including a way to register interest in bursary places. Please visit here.
Service user and carer events coming up in London
Giving service users the opportunity to share their views
- Thursday 13 April:10.30am – 3.00pm, Conference Hall, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, London NW1 0PE. Topics discussed will include: coproduction, peer support, BME groups, culture and diversity.
Service User And Carer Workshop – 2 May 2017 SCIE London 11am to 3pm - Do you have service user or carer involvement? BASW ( British Association of Social Workers) and Shaping Our Lives has been working towards developing a framework aimed at coproduction and inclusion of service users and carers.
BME peer coaching event in London
Monday 24 April 12-5pm at Islington MIND, 48 Despard Rd, London, N19 5NW
A Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust celebration of BME Peer Support within Camden, Islington and Kampala communities.
The day will include a chance to hear from groundbreaking Ugandan Peer Workers leading on Africa's first Mental Health statutory Peer Working scheme, local Peer Coaches and organisations doing great local work. It will include an exploration of what makes BME Peer support different and how to
further this great work locally.
This is a free event but registration is needed to attend.
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust
The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust is inviting applications from charitable organisations carrying out work at a national level. Generally, the Trust provides funding for work that addresses the root causes of problems rather than delivering services or alleviating immediate needs.
Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Barchester Healthcare Foundation continues its call for applications, and is accepting applications from small community groups and small local groups helping adults aged over 18 with mental and physical disabilities and older people aged over 65.
People's Health Trust
Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years. For Kent and Medway, the Active Communities programme is open for applications until 19 April 2017.
The Henry Smith Charity The Henry Smith Charity is again making a call for applications for its capital and revenue grants of up to £10,000. Grants
are available ideally for use towards running costs, salaries, project costs, or one-off capital expenditure such as building refurbishment or equipment.
Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag charge in Tesco stores is being used to fund thousands of community projects. The projects must meet the criteria of bringing benefits to the community.
'Boot out austerity' march needs speakers
On 19th April, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there -
you too can get involved. Drawing inspiration from the Jarrow marchers of 1936, and more recently the People’s March for the NHS in 2014 and a group of psychologists who Walked the Talk in 2015, the aim of the walkers will be to highlight the devastating impact of nine years of austerity.
Speakers wanted: The organisers want to have a good send-off each morning, which will help to add to the publicity the walk generates - which is the whole point of doing the walk. People will be gathering at 9am each morning - in Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke, Sandbach, Northwich (10am, Sunday lie-in!) and Runcorn
- Days 1 (19th April) to 7 (25th April) respectively. Precise meeting points will be on the website (address below) very soon.
It would be great if each morning there was a local service user, carer, survivor or other concerned citizen, who was able to join in to say a few words as part of that morning's send-off. If you're interested in doing this on one of the days, could you phone Guy Shennan, one of the walk organisers, on 07841 529798 or email him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support, please complete this short questionnaire. Visit the website for more information.
HC-UK offer ongoing discount
HC-UK also offer NSUN members 20% discount on their mental health themed conferences and master classes by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full T&Cs available upon request.)
Mental health service reform
of government's papers, articles, policies pertaining to mental health service reform
Worst case scenario: shortage of 42,000 nurses
After Brexit the NHS could be hit by a shortage of more than 40,000 nurses by 2026 say the Royal College of Nursing
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