Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review, NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups. Can you help with suggestions? To get involved, please click here.
To read the related article by John Pring, Disability News Service, please click here
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting - The Future of Peer Support
Please bookmark the AGM event page on our website - you can refer to it whenever you feel ready to book your place.
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Suicide Is One The World's Great Public Health Challenges
The uncomfortable truth is that many psychiatric wards have a culture of sexual assault
Jay Watts finds that the idea that people, predominantly girls and women, are too mad, too bad and too sad to be believed has been used to silence people since time immemorial
Support the making of a collection of survivors' works
Riding the Storms is a book of stories, poems, photography and artwork created by people who are reflecting on, and even embracing, the pain of their mental suffering.
The contributions in Riding the Storms have arisen out of a project backed by Recovery Devon, working with people experiencing mental distress, of all backgrounds and ages.
Recovery Devon has funded project work to date but is not able to pay for the publication of the book. The money raised will pay for the editing, design, printing, promotion and distribution.
For more information about this project and how to support it, please visit this page
Dolly Sen has been guest editing Disability Arts Online
Creative survivor Dolly Sen has been guest editing Disability Arts Online (DAO) since early August and is due to continue her tenure until at least mid-September.
Her own recent posts have ranged from a short film inviting you to play Mad Bingo, poems to stand against the world with, a blog that doesn’t exist, and a series of Unreasonable Adjustments cartoons.
To read more about Dolly's guest editing work at DAO, please visit this page
Dolly is also crowdfunding for the second part of her mental health film trilogy.
Sexual safety is major issue in menal health wards, says CQC
A report by the CQC has found that people who use mental health services do not always feel that they are kept safe from unwanted sexual behaviour.
The report calls for co-produced guidance that enables everyone delivering mental health services to do the right thing about sexual safety.
New funding to help patients have their say on health services
The Building Health Partnerships programme has been awarded £450k from NHS England and the National Lottery to support co-production in 10 areas, so patients and carers can be more easily involved in designing services.
Grants for womens peer support - apply until 15 October
Mind and Agenda are working together in partnership to deliver £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants.
This new programme will fund and enable community-based peer support that reaches around 4,500 women.
Who can apply?
Organisations / partnerships, based in England and Wales, that can demonstrate a track record of delivering services and programmes developed specifically for women facing complex social issues.
Mind and Agenda expect to make 80 to 90 awards.
Projects will be funded for a maximum of one year.
Applications must be made before 15 October.
For more information and how to apply, please visit this page
NSUN member recommends mental health phone apps
One of our members contacted us with recommendations concerning mental health phone apps.
'I've recently started using this app [Mindcare] to measure how I feel throughout the day.', says NSUN member.
'It's good because you can be mindful of how you are feeling and make any adjustments. I find it useful as I have Borderline Personality. It will analyse your results too. It's not the answer to mental health problems, but it may be a help.'
'The Mindcare is for android phones and 'Mood Meter' is for iphones.'
Links to download the apps:
MindCare recommended for Android, even though there is an iPhone version.
Mood Meter recommended for iPhone, even though there is a version for Android.
Service user involvement role with the Advocacy Project (London)
The Advocacy Project is currently looking for people who have experienced mental health issues either as an individual or carer.
This is to feed into a London-wide mental health programme called Adult Mental Health Transformation Programme that is delivered by NHS England in collaboration with the Healthy London Partnership.
The programme is made up of six workstreams:
increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT)
early intervention in psychosis
MH in Integrated Care Systems
London Mental Health Transformation Board
perinatal mental health
This is an exciting opportunity for London-based service users and carers to shape the work of the mental health programme.
The Advocacy Project is recruiting two people per workstream and a wider network of people to comment on workstream papers and plans.
This is a voluntary post however the Advocacy Project expects that the role could lead to employment or further opportunities for individuals.
Volunteers will receive training and support to complete their role.
One-day event celebrating the power of thought-provoking storytelling
Being the Story is a an immersive storytelling day which gives a platform to extraordinary individuals with lived experiences who are creating change through their work.
Date: 19 October
Venue: Conway Hall in London
Who is it for?
The Being the Story experience is for people working in or for the charity sector or socially-minded individuals who are interested in the power of storytelling and the impact it can have to challenge prejudice, reframe narratives, raise awareness, engage supporters and generate funds.
People attending will include: CEOs and senior management; communications, digital, campaign and marketing staff; funders, fundraisers, service users and expert citizens; frontline/outreach staff; staff working in CSR for corporate organisations, change-makers who want to develop the confidence to share their own personal story; and journalists.
How will it help you?
The organisers say you will leave the event with:
» an understanding of the power of storytelling » ideas for how to tell your organisation's story differently, with more authenticity, to build trust and to encourage supporters to take action » inspiration about how to gather stories and find new creative ways to share them » confidence to share your own experiences, or support others to do so » connections and potential future partnerships » inspiration – you may be challenged by what you hear, perhaps feeling angry or moved, but you will be engaged and motivated.
For more information and to book a place, please visit the website
The care programme approach - time to move on?
The Care Programme Approach (CPA) model is nearly 30 years old. Ideas about rehabilitation, service user involvement and recovery have undergone seismic changes during this time.
This event will explore whether the life of the CPA come to a natural end.
With evidence showing strongly that service users thrive using the Recovery model, is it time to discard the old ways and embrace a new recovery framework for care planning in mental health?
Date: 01 November
Time: 09:30am - 04:00pm
Venue: City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
For more information and to book a place, please click here
Coming soon - Peerfest
This year, the annual celebration of peer support will be hosted by Thurrock Mind who came through as the chosen user-led peer support project to host Peerfest18
Date: 20 October
Bookings open: 05 September
Programme: worshops, activities, the Marsh Awards and muvh more.
To attend, get involved, or run your own activity, please take a look here.
In the news
Disability News Service (DNS)
This week, DNS has found that new government research shows that hundreds of thousands more claimants of personal independence payment (PIP) would have taken further steps to challenge the results of their claims if the system had been less stressful and more accessible.
DNS also reports that the government has been accused of publishing a “deeply unsatisfying” response to a devastating report by a UN committee that concluded last year that the UK had been “going backwards” on independent living.
If you haven't booked your place on already advertised events, we have collected some here
Jobs and involvement opportunities - already shared
If there is still time to apply or get involved, you can find previously shared opportunities on this page
Help GOV.UK improve Department of Health and Social Care online content
Web contents producers at GOV.UK are seeking users who actively use the platform for health related content.
A six month project on the content transformation of the Department of Health and Social Care on GOV.UK will ensure that visitors using GOV.UK can search for information easily, understand content better and access the information they need more efficiently.
As part of the content transformation process a team of contents designers be conducting user research at various stages and are seeking participation from the general public, medical practitioners, experts who work in the healthcare field and those who work in health related organisations.
The following activities have been planned:
Individual research session
The contents designers would like to invite individuals to attend a telephone session or come to their DHSC offices.
The session will involve general questions about the participant, perhaps their work, how they use GOV.UK and they may get to use a computer to describe how they search for information.
The whole session will take about 30 to 45 minutes.
Available slot dates will be from 10 September to 21 September.
Group research session
Content designers would also like to hold a user research group session at our premises in London on 20 September.
This will be a great opportunity to meet some of the team and other participants.
The aim will be a series of activities in a 2 hour session to help contents designers improve their taxonomy.
How to get involved
If you regularly use or search for health related contents on GOV.UK and are interested in taking part in this project, please contact:
Samantha Watson, Content Designer Content Transformation, Department of Health and Social Care, 39 Victoria Street, SW1H 0EU E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 020 7972 5988
World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London this October.
The summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health. Find out more here.
Mental Health Act Review UPDATE
Following the publication of the Interim Reportin May, 18 topic groups were set up in July based on each of the main themes. Proposals from the Topic Groups are being finalised by 14 September. Two events were held during August which set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far and another two are planned for early October. The final report is due mid-December.
TheExeterworkshop, Tuesday 21 August has been cancelled but a new date will be confirmed soon.
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