NSUN Bulletin 18th June 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 18 June 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 18 June 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 18 June edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
This week is Small Charity Week.
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NSUN news 
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.
Asylum Magazine summer 2018
The forthcoming edition of the Magazine for democratic Psychiatry focuses law reform, meds and the challenge of democracy.
This edition includes Dorothy Gould's article 'More Haste, Less Speed' on our work around the Mental Health Act Review. Read more and subscribe here.
Selected blogs 
Anthony Bourdain
This past week alone saw the high-profile suicides of designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain. These deaths come on the heels of the results of a Centers for Disease Control study that demonstrated that suicide rates continue to rise and suicide is now a “leading cause of death for Americans.”, says Noel Hunter.
I did nothing to warrant this behaviour
A British woman resident in Australia speaks up about restraint and enduring years of abuse. This blog was published on our previous website. As we are adding older contents to our new site, we re-discover stories shared previously.
Blog appeal - 'Flowers' sitcom
We were not aware of the sitcom which a Guardian commentator calls 'a comedy with mental illness' until we saw her article.
Do you watch 'Flowers', which, as the Guardian tells us, is into its second series on Channel 4? What is your take on it? Would you like to contribute a blog? If so, please get in touch. We accept blogs of any length.
'I love small charities' competition opens Small Charity Week 
small charity week
Small charities week starts today, with this competition which offers small and local charities and community groups the chance to win up to £450.
Small Charities Week are running three competitions on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to help raise the profile of small charities with cash prizes for the winners of each.
Winners are the charities with the most messages of support on each social media platform.
The winning small charity of each of the three competitions receives a donation of £150!
For more information please visit this page
Universal Credit: When problems outweigh the benefits 
Article Image'Universal Credit aims to replace six benefits previously paid to people who were out of work, struggling with ill health or on a low income, simplifying the system and reducing costs. In practice, however, the programme has been beset by serious difficulties.'
The National Audit Office, the watchdog on government spending, has published a report criticising the rollout of the government’s flagship benefits reform, Universal Credit.
Read the full article by Katie Evans, Head of Research and Policy, Money and Mental Health here.
A Healthy Environment for You - The Dragon Cafe 
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The Dragon Cafe has a full and varied day today. 
Fancy stretching your legs with a local stroll then join Jane for Walking-Works at 12.30 pm. Discover how to make Norimaki at 2.15 pm with Deko's Roll Sushi Food Demo, or try Pilates at 5 pm. 

The Dragon Café space ahas been recognised in the recent publication 'Essentials of Mental Health Nursing' (Wright & McKeown, 2018). 
At 7pm the 'Design In Mental Health' co-editor Prof Mick McKeown will be presenting talking about his work as Professor of Democratic Mental Health at UCLAN, and discussing approaches to co-production in design alongside Hospital Rooms artist Katharine Lazenby. They will be joined by Joe Forster, President of Design In Mental Health Network.
The Crypt of St George the Martyr Church,  Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
The Wellbeing Co. Steering Group opportunity 
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The Wellbeing Co. is a voluntary sector wellbeing organization based in north Enfield, London. They promote positive mental health and wellbeing in a warm and friendly community based setting with experienced clinicians, volunteers and individuals with lived experience. They offer a wide range of groups, courses and 1:1 therapy for people with emerging and common mental health issues (stress, depression) and for people with more severe and enduring mental health conditions.
The Wellbeing Co. is looking for members to join its Steering Group to provide guidance, advice and support to develop this new grass roots mental health and wellbeing service in Enfield. Applicants must have:
  • Personal experience of mental distress and/or of using mental health services
  • Good team player
  • Passion to make a difference and to think big
To apply, please send a one page personal statement stating why you wish to apply. Or to request more information, please contact Abby on 020 8804 or 07506 793101, or email info@thewellbeingco.org.
YMCA Right Here project: Brighton and Hove 
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YMCA Right Here is an award winning youth-led, young people’s health and wellbeing project, based in Brighton and Hove.
The project works with a team of youth ambassadors and volunteers, aged 11-25 to improve health outcomes for young people locally and nationally. YMCA Right Here’s youth ambassadors design and deliver the work. They deliver training and workshops, create resources and campaigns, and find ways to ensure young people’s views and experiences influences the work of the YMCA and health and wellbeing across the city more widely.
Digital Work
www.wheretogofor.co.uk is a Brighton and Hove website aimed at 11-25 year olds that helps them find services in the area. Everything from information on Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs to Sexual Health is listed on this website.
www.findgetgive.com is an England wide mental health specific website that helps 11-25 year olds find services in their local area. It also lists useful apps, books and other resources to promote health and wellbeing.
www.docready.org helps you to get ready for a doctors appointment if you want to discuss your mental health and wellbeing.
www.YMCARightHere.com lists everything that YMCA Right Here does.
YMCA Right Here campaigns include #IAMWHOLE which looked at de-stigmatising Mental Health and Wellbeing with Jordan Stephens from Rizzlekicks. Other campaigns include ‘No Worries’ focussed around sexual health and #NoStressSuccess which looks at alternative routes into employment/education and exam stress.
Guides and resources
YMCA Right Here has produced pocket guides around self-harm and suicide prevention, and general wellbeing for young people as well as guides for parents and carers.
For more information email shaila.sheikh@ymcadlg.org
or call 01273 222550
MEAM approach - expression of interest 
MEAM approach
In November 2017, following a national Expression of Interest process, the MEAM coalition selected 23 local areas to join an expanded MEAM Approach network.
Due to new capacity in the MEAM team, they are now in a position to invite seven further areas to join the network in the autumn of 2018. 
For this round, MEAM are looking for new  Approach areas in the following regions: Greater Manchester, North East, Midlands, and the South.
For more information please visit this page
Summer school on mental health and human rights 
BIHRThe British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) are running a summer school on Mental Health and Human Rights for advocates and practitioners working on mental health in East London.
You can book onto the sessions here.
BIHR are also hosting two sessions on A Human Rights Approach to Dementia Care for practitioners in Essex – you can book a place here.
Second UK mental health disability law event in BirminghamInstitute for mental health Nottingham 
Mental disability law (including both mental health law and mental capacity law) in the UK has come into its own in recent years, and there is now a wide range of researchers active in the field, in a variety of disciplines, along with people with lived experience.
  • Last date of registration: June 19
  • Pre-conference event for students: June 25
  • Conference dates: June 26-27
  • Conference venue: Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD
The event's guide is here
Advancing mental health equality: scope for consultation 
The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health identified inequalities in mental health as a significant problem needing to be addressed nationally and locally.
The scope of the project
The NCCMH will review the evidence around a range of mental health inequalities, with reference to people with protected characteristics and intersectionality, and focusing on legal, financial and ethical responsibilities.
The royal college of Psychiatrists (RPsych) want to create a practical resource for commissioners and service providers.
To do this RPsych would like to hear from the perspective of:
  • People with lived experiences of using mental health services and carers
  • Commissioners and system leaders
  • Service providers/ professionals
Scope consultation
Dates: Friday 8 June – Wednesday 4 July 2018

Process: Submit comments in an email, in comment boxes or using the comments table provided to Dominique.Gardner@rcpsych.ac.uk.
At the end of the consultation period, your comments will be collated into one document and your name will be removed (but the information about your professional affiliation and area of expertise will be retained), for a Steering Committee to review and assess the most appropriate outcome.

If you would like to comment on the scope but the documents are inaccessible to you in a written format, please Dominique.Gardner@rcpsych.ac.uk.
Job opportunities  
Worthing Churches Homeless Project: Co-production Co-ordinator.

Salary £12,600 (full time equivalent £21,000) p/a
Hours 22.5 hours per week
A full job description and person specification can be downloaded from here, along with an application form via here. Please be advised that we will only accept applications made on our application form and do not accept CVs.
Closing date for vacancies: Midnight on Sunday 8th July 2018
Interview date: Friday 20th July 2018
More jobs with WCHP can be viewed here.
Young Minds Social Media Officer
Young Minds is now recruiting for a talented Social Media Officer to be responsible for running our Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube channels, creating impactful and engaging content, and delivering digital campaigns that really make a difference.
Closing date for receipt of applications: 9am on Friday 29th June 2018.
Interviews will be held at YoungMinds’ office in London on Friday 6th July 2018.
Find out more and how to apply here.
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
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.
Reminder: previously shared news and events 
don't forget
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.
Mental health in the news 
mental health when ill ( in the news ) The Guardian
NHS England CEO Simon Stephens warns of 'double epidemic' of child mental health and obesity.
Despite government promises to end practice, figures show almost no change since 2016 
BBC news
Seni's law: Commons setback for mental health unit reforms
A planned new law to avoid the excessive use of force in mental health units has failed to get a third reading in the Commons.
The government backs the legislation - dubbed "Seni's law" after a man who died in custody after being restrained by police officers.
But it ran out of Commons time, with one Tory MP speaking for 148 minutes.
iNews  - Politics
iNews also reports on the problems faced by Seni's Law in the Commons, stating that the bill failed 'has been blocked after a conservative MP filibustered the debate'.
The HR Director
The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present and over three quarters (77.8 percent) of Brits agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, almost half (46.1 percent) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support.
GPs to advise patients on dementia risk as part of NHS Health Checks
GPs will be expected to give patients advice on dementia risk as part of NHS Health Checks, Public Health England has announced.
The Sleep Pattern Linked To Lower Depression Risk
Women who go to bed early and rise early are less likely to develop depression, new research finds.
St Helens Reporter
Pupils' music video raises awareness of mental health issues
Students both past and present from St Helens Council's tuition service have been praised after launching a music video aimed at raising awareness of mental health issues.
Bracknell News
Adults with back pain and arthritis twice as likely to have depression or anxiety
ADULTS suffering with conditions including back pain and arthritis in Bracknell Forest are more than twice as likely to have depression or anxiety, new figures have shown. 
GOV.UK news 
NHS funding announcement - Prime Minister under fire after 'Brexit dividend' claim
The NHS in England is to get an extra £20bn a year by 2023 as a 70th "birthday present", Theresa May says. 
The prime minister said this would be funded partly by a "Brexit dividend", but also hinted at tax rises.
Commons Health and Social Care Committee chairwoman Sarah Wollaston described the idea of a Brexit dividend as "tosh".
You can read more about this in the BBC article: NHS funding: Theresa May unveils £20bn boost and in the Guardian's article Theresa May under fired after Brexit dividend claim
Mind responded here
Mind urges Department for Work and Pensions to delay Universal Credit roll-out

The National Audit Office (NAO) has released a damning report into Universal Credit (UC) – with a focus on how the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has not done enough to protect and support ‘vulnerable claimants’ including disabled people and people with health conditions.
Read more here
Home Office confirms plans to lift doctor immigration cap

The Home Office has confirmed reports that it will lift the cap on the number of international doctors granted visas to work in the UK.
Read more here
Defense Secretary comments on defense personnel mental health helpline
The Mail on Sunday report on the 24/7 mental health helpline that was announced in February. It has had 538 calls since its creation.
Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: 'I am heartened to see that over 500 calls have been made to the helpline since it was set up.'
Read more here
Mental Health Act Review event
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
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
Open consultation: high security hospitals
This is a public consultation on the safety and security arrangements for the three high security psychiatric hospitals in England (Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton).
Read more here
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