NSUN Bulletin 11th June 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11 June 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
NSUN Bulletin Monday 11 June 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 11 June 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 
At the beginning of the year it was looking likely that NSUN would have to drastically reduce it's work or close due to a lack of funding for core costs. Following the members' letter in February, we continued to seek further funding and deliver on existing projects and work.
The Tudor Trust and Lankelly Chase Foundation have now confirmed £60,000 for the remainder of this year. This will enable us to work on securing further funds for 2019 and beyond and continue to deliver on current work with a skeleton staff team.
We have also had offers of help and donations from the membership who have been particularly keen to see the weekly bulletin continue.
Thank you to all our members and supporters. It's been emotional!
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London - 23 June
Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture... it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
23 June 2018, at 11.45pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
Selected blogs 
Following the recent publication of a book by Peter Tyrer (a professor of psychiatry), writer and illustrator Rachel Rowan Olive reflects on the judgemental and stigmatising implications of its title 'Taming the Beast Within'.
Rachel speaks a lot of the need we have to rely on each other as fellow survivors / peers and mentions NSUN as a network of experts by experience who support each other.

The article features one of Rachel's cartoons (pictured left). You can catch up with more of her artwork (including the witty and topical 'austeritea' and 'patriarchy' cards) here
This is one of our previously shared blogs, which we are now adding to our new web platform. Here, we have a converation between a group of BAME mental health survivors and the BBC. Raza Grifiths and other members of Kindred Minds Manifesto wrote a complaint to the BBC about their Black mental health documentary “Being Black, Going Crazy?” screened on BBC3 on 27 September 2016. the BBC replied. The blog post contains both complaint and BBC response.
Contribute in designing the next version of a mental health app 
mental snapp callers Recently launched Mental Snapp is described by its creators as 'a space for you to tell your story - and to gain your confidence. You record short video diaries, rate your mood and name your feelings. No one watches the videos, there is no one judging you. It's your version of events, and telling them helps you reflect and get to know yourself on a whole new level.'
Mental Snapp's creators are now planning the next version of the app, which will include a personal journey they'd like you to help them design.
Mental Snapp is looking for people to talk to on the phone initially to discuss what bothers them most about actively managing their mental health independently.
Calls should last no more than 10 minutes and participants get a £10 voucher of their choice.
From there the team will select 5 people who want to work with a psychologist and peer supporters using Mental Snapp over a few months to create a journey that is really tailored to their needs and wishes.
It will be a really special experience for those five, and the app creators will use the learning they get from it to make sure that Mental Snapp is a highly personal experience for every user. 
For more information and to take part, please contact Hannah Chamberlain hannah@mentalsnapp.com, @mentalsnapp
Network and Communities and Peer Support job opportunities with Mind 
Article Image Mind's Network and Communities project has over 15 job offers: Network Growth Leads, Children and Young People's Programme Team Assistant, Network Engagement Officer and many more.
The posts are sometimes based in London, sometimes in Wales.
To view the vacancies and apply, please visit this page.
Mind is also looking for advisors with relevant personal experience to form an advisory group for the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme.
Closing date for applications: 09am on 02 July
Interviews: 09 or 10 July
Fee: £100 per meeting plus reasonable travel and subsistence costs
Time commitment:  A two hour meeting quarterly from 20 July 18 until November 2019 plus preparation time.
Meeting venue: Central London
For more information and to apply to the advisory group, please visit this page
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service launches teen helpline 
Teen connect Teen Connect is a helpline offering emotional support for 13 to 18 year olds who live in the Leeds area.
All staff have their own lived experience and have ben trained in counselling skills.
This is not a call centre but a genuine peer suuport helpline.
You can call, text or get in touch online.
Teen Connect is open every evening from 6pm to 2am.
For more information, please visit this page
Petition: fund facilities for people who feel suicidal 
gov uk portcullis (petitions) Often people who feel suicidal are discharged from mental health services, against their will, finding themselves with nowhere to go.
This can gravely increase the risk to their lives and causes needless deaths.
No one who feels suicidal and asks for help should be turned away.
This petition asks for funding for facilities suididal people could go to.
You can sign and share until 23 November.
The petition needs 10 000 signatures to be considered and 100 000 signatures to be debated in Parliament, so please support it.
Mental Health Act Review half day 
mentl health act review This afternoon meeting is organised and delivered by key figures involved in the Mental Health Act review and eminent psychiatrists.

Attend to learn more about the Mental Health Act review and what it hopes to achieve. Receive an update on the progress of the review first hand from the Chair of the review, Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Vice Chair, Sir Mark Hedley.
Date: 03 july
Time: Afternoon
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON W1G 0AE

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion throughout the afternoon to share your views.
For more information please click here
Support bid for community farm in Gateshead 
Bid for Bill Quay Farm The Recovery College Collective (ReCoCo) is putting to gether a bid for Bill Quay Farm, a treasured green space on the edge of Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
You can sho your support - and put a good word in for ReCoCo -  by signing this petition.
Many job opportunities with Creative Support (Cumbria, Midlands) 
creative support Creative Support is a provider of person centred social care services for people with learning disabilities, mental health and other needs.
There are many vacancies advertised on Creative Support's website, for a range of specilisms and locations.
To find out more, please click here
Share your experience with a BBC Radio 4 programme 
BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme would like to speak to a couple who have used Couple Therapy to help relieve depression or anxiety.   
The programme will be exploring how depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions in individuals, can be treated through Couple Therapy. 
If you and your partner have been, or are currently in Couple Therapy and you are interested in talking about your experience, then please contact producer Jonathan Hallewell for an informal initial chat.  

Please email: jonathan.hallewell@bbc.co.uk
The Great Get Together - honouring Jo Cox (16 to 18 June) 
Jo Cox The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox and the event aims to bring together local communities and celebrate together.
Last week we let you know about the forthcoming Great Get Together in Sheffield:

Date: 16 June
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: St Mark’s Church and Green, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE
You can organise or join a Great Get Together event all over the country between the 16 and the 18 of June.
For more information, please visit the Great Get Together webstite and Sheffield Interfaith's dedicated page
Reminder: previously shared news and events 
don't forget
Asylum Magazine summer 2018
The forthcoming edition of the Magazine for democratic Psychiatry focuses law reform, meds and the challenge of democracy. read more here
Mad In America's Mad studies webinars
On 06 July, Mad in America Continuing Education will kick off its Mad Studies webinar series
Mental Health hospital discharge and human rights
The toolkit for practitioners from the British Institute of Human Rights
Nominations still open for the Marsh Awards
The awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support. You can nominate until 31 july.
GOV.UK news 
Cross-government plan launched to support unpaid carers
The 2-year plan will raise the profile of carers, improve employment opportunities and help to better identify young carers.
Carers strategy consultation outcome
This document summarises the responses received to the call for evidence. In response to these findings, the government has published the Carers action plan 2018 to 2020.
New research into funding for adult social care published
The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement.
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - summary of work so far
Along with Easy Read and BSL versions of the interim report, this page offers a summary of the review's work so far.
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor info@nsun.org.uk
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