NSUN Bulletin 11th Sept 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11th September 2017
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Monday 11th September 2017
Dear Viewpoint
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Using a human rights approach 
NSUN's Managing Director, Sarah Yiannoullou writes about how working with the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has increased our understanding and confidence in how we communicate and assert our rights. Read the full blog post here: Using a human rights approach.
Non NSUN materials 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.
Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
Creating a service user network wide response to benefits reforms 
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue. Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
Celebrate Robert Dellar in London
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Mental health activist Robert Dellar sadly left us in December 2016.
This is a full afternoon event to celebrate Robert, his views, his influence on the mental health movement and his keen sense of community.
Date:Sunday 24th September 2017
Time: 12pm - 12am
Venue: Amersham Arms, London SE14 6TY.
There is a range of ticket prices. Please visit the booking page.
When Harry met Vittoria! 
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Vittoria De Meo shares her experience of meeting the Princes last week
Last Tuesday, the 5th of September Prince William and Prince Harry went to visit the Al-Manaar Heritage Cultural Centre in North Kensington.
For the second time I had the privilege to work with the amazing charity Hear Women Foundation, delivering my workshop at the Al Manaar.
'The Happiness Corner' workshop offers a unique approach to building resilience through the use of peer support and other inspirational techniques.
Prince Harry came inside the room where we were holding the session and started chatting to our group. He was interested to hear that I'm Italian, a Buddhist and my paasion to help everyone feel revitalised and filled with hope.
He then cut a cake with me, the outreach coordinator from the Al-Manar and the manager from Hear Women Foundation.
It was just an amazing experience!
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Concerns for service user needs in Manchester 
Manchester Users Network (MUN) says: 'Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust are now divesting the group therapies at Harpurhey  Wellbeing Centre,  ignoring statutory guidance planned to take half the centre away from long term, patients with severe & enduring mental illness.

The Trust did not engage with service users till MUN called a meeting on the 9th August 2017. Generally service Users disagreed with the plans, which takes away half the Centre from the service users also using the group therapies also are Physically disabled and members of the public (mainly elderly). The Trust and the local Authority did not advertise or give information to would be service users about the therapies'.

MUN have come up with a plan of their own, called Servuice User Needs. If you'd like more information, please get in touch with vice chair Alan Hartman by manchesterusersnetwork@hotmail.co.uk
Right people, right questions 
Survey for young people
Amy Peabody is a researcher at the McPin Foundation.
 Amy is reaching out to promote an important national survey into young people’s mental health called the ‘Right People, Right Questions’.
If you are 11 - 25, please take a look here - the questionnaire should take only 10 minutes to complete.
Amy would be happy to answer any questions on Mondays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Tel 020 7922 7877 or amypeabody@mcpin.org
Peerfest 2017 
This year Peerfest comes to Bristol
Peerfest is a national annual event celebrating the importance, power and diversity of peer support
Date: 9 October
Time: 1am to 11.30pm
Venue: Bristol Science Centre Anchor Rd Hsarbourside BS1 5DB. It is free to attend.

For more info and to register, please take a look at this page.
RBUF are now Voices for All 
Rochadale based user-led charity RBF have changed their name to Voices for All. The website and forums remain unchanged and you can still look up the calendar of events here.
The peer led groups have individualised posters, still downloadable from this page.
Please contact Voices for All if you have any questions
Survivors History Group meeting   
Date: 27th September 2017
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, London EC1Y 1AU
The group will discuss the history and future of Welfare and
participation - based on Peter Beresford's book All Our Welfare.
Also...did you know Philip Morgan?
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  • Did you know, work or train with Philip?
  • Was he a member of your organisation?
  • Do you know of a publication that Philip appears in, or has made a contribution to?
If so, the Survivors History Group would love to hear from you, as they are collating Philip´s life contributions for a planned memorial. Please contact Philip´s family, friends and colleagues: PhilipMorganMEM@gmail.com.
Black Thrive offer: 60 free tickets for emotive play 
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Black Thrive, a partnership for Black wellbeing which is supported by Healthwatch Lambeth, has teamed up with a theatre company Know My Mind to offer our supporters 60 FREE tickets to “So U Think I’m CraZy?”.
Date: Wednesday 20 September  or Thursday 21 September, 7.30pm
Time: 7.30pm
There will be a special Black Thrive Panel Q&A after the performance on 20 September
Reserve your tickets: Email Kiera Gayle, Black Thrive Administrator Kiera.Gayle@healthwatchlambeth.org.uk or tel: 020 7274 8522.
The Yellow Book - specialised editions 
Article ImageThe Yellow Book, which offers a collection of poetry and visual artworks on the theme 'with good mental health, I am...', is now being produced in the form of specialised editions: one for colleges, one for prisons, one for the NHS. 
HMP Leicester are to become the 1st Prison to create their own personalised yellow book. Prisoners & Staff will be creatively expressing wellbeing in the form of art, poetry and photography over the coming months with the book being published in 2018.
After a fantastic launch at New Walk Gallery & Museum for all 30 winners in the 1st NHS Yellow Book. The LPT Yellow Book created with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is now available to view online here.
10,000 soft back copies are currently being distributed for FREE. To order your FREE copies/boxes please email: communications@leicspart.nhs.uk
Thesis compares leprosy and 'madness' in medieval thinking 
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A specialist in history has produced a thesis which compares attitudes to leprosy and 'madness' in medieval society.
Whilst both leprosy and 'madness' were associated with sin, lepers were persecuted whilst 'the fluid concept of madness produced the more individual identity of the mad person, which was less susceptible to the collective actions of persecution.'
For free access to the thesis please click here.
The Davina Hour: mental health 
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Davina McCall and guests discuss life's challenges in a series of one-hour sessions. Tonight at 9pm, they will focus on mental health.
For more information please take a look at the promotional '#video bite' here.
(2) The Davina Hour | Mental Health | W - YouTube
The Davina Hour,
Date: Monday 11th September
Time: 9pm
On, W, Sky 245, Virgin 125, BT/TalkTalk 311
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