NSUN recruiting for new Trustees
Are you someone who has had experience of mental distress and/or using mental health services? Are you interested in being a Trustee with NSUN? We are looking for up to three new Trustees to join the NSUN Board.
For more information and how to apply, please
Section 136 Pathway launches in London
On Monday 12 December 2016, Naomi Good was representing the Mental Health Movement at the launch of London's Section 136 Pathway, a new pan-London initiative aiming at improving mental health crisis care in the capital. The was event organised by Healthy London Partnership and chaired by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Naomi was filmed by the organisers. You can
read more about the event and view the video here.
NSUN and over 160 other groups ask the Prime Minister not to abandon the Human Rights Act
We have joined 163 other organisations in signing a letter which was delivered to the Prime Minister on Human Rights Day earlier this month. You can
read the letter here
#iDanielBlake – #Petition – #WCA assesment discriminates against Mental Health Service Users and breaches Equality
- from 'The Life of George: Humorous, Enlightening, Coaching, Dramatic, Engaging', a blog site regularly updated by a member of NSUN who alerted us to this latest article.
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.
NSUN 10 years anniversary short film available online
You can watch the film on NSUN's YouTube channel here.
Call to end the DWP Fit For Work tests as not fit for purpose, and investigate 9,580 deaths
The DWPs 'Fit For Work' tests are not fit for purpose, and are routinely abused to cause stress and harm to vulnerable people.
From Dec 2011 to Feb 2014, 2,380 people died shortly after being declared 'fit for work' and having their benefits stopped. This petition
calls on the House to hear their stories.
In the same period, 9,200 people in receipt of ESA were found 'fit to work in future' and died shortly afterwards. These statistics are from a Freedom Of Information request to the DWP.
calls on the House to hear their stories, and to abolish this test, as well as to allow GPs opinions to override that of a 'decision maker' with no medical qualifications. And to investigate how 2,380 people were declared fit enough to work and financially penalised, when they were not fit enough to live, let alone work.
Sign the petition
and read related news articles which provide background for the petition:
From Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC)
NSUN member and prominent activist Paula Peters shared these during the week.
if you've been stuck for ages waiting for housing benefits, along with a collection of DWP direct line phone numbers
The 5 big psychology societies come out against benefit sanctions
We wish to take this opportunity to say thank you to Paula and other MHRN and DPAC activists for their tireless efforts on behalf of vulnerable communities
Have you ever been detained by police under Section 136 of the mental health act?
In partnership with Mental Health Services the Metropolitan Police disability engagement and mental health team would like to examine people's experience of section 136 of the Mental Health Act with a view to improving services.
We would appreciate feedback from people who have been detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act in order to ensure that we provide the best care possible for all service users. Questions are generic and therefore anonymous.
There are 23 questions in this survey.
Project Co-ordinator REAL INSIGHT
Do you have excellent organisational, administrative and communications skills?
Survivor led REAL INSIGHT are seeking a Project co-ordinator to support the project, an exciting initiative which aims to transform the way service users influence and change the organisations which support them.
- Hours: Part-time (3 days, 21 hours per week) Location: Vauxhall, London Salary: £32,000 pro rata
- Closing date: 30 December 2016
- Interviews: Thursday 5 January and Friday, 6 January 2017
For more information and how to apply (and who to speak to) please read this page
Living life beyond diagnosis - one day conference
26th January 2017 10.00 am – 4.45pm
Registration from 9.30am at Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA
This one day conference, supported by the BPS, provides an opportunity to explore the value of, and problems with, psychiatric diagnosis.
Using some alternative ways of understanding, and responding, to emotional crises without diagnosis as inspiration, the event will explore some of the challenging personal and social implications of moving beyond psychiatric diagnosis.
This is not a conference aiming for a single unified voice – it provides a welcoming space to explore these issues.
For a list of speakers and a conference flyer please visit this
8 people needed for McPin's mental health and justice service user advisory group (SUAG)
McPin are looking for eight people with personal experience of mental health problems to join a London based Service User Advisory Group (SUAG) for a new study entitled ‘Mental Health and Justice’. The study is about understanding what legal and other support people with mental health problems need to lead full and independent lives.
If you would like more information please view the full advert here
Download the Application form here
Please send your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 January 2017.
Share your experiences of accessing mental health services across the UK
What are your experiences of accessing mental health services? The Guardian wants to hear from people of all ages and backgrounds, across the UK, about any challenges you faced or help you received.
- Were you able to access help as soon as it was necessary, or was there a waiting period?
- If you had to wait, how did this affect you?
- Were your concerns met by your GP?
- Were you moved miles from home for treatment?
- Or perhaps you want to thank professionals for looking after you.
- What were the best aspects of your care?
To take part, please visit this page
Calling all UK peer supporters!
Checking Agreement on Mental Health Peer support (CHAMPS) study needs an hour of your time for this survey.
It is of great importance to know the views of mental health peer supporters so that future developments in the practice are based on this first hand experience.
The aim of the CHAMPS study is to check what most peer supporters believe to be important and helpful / unhelpful to them in carrying out the role. CHAMPS also aim to explore if there are relationships between experiences of providing
peer support and the wellbeing of peer supporters.
To know more about the study and what's involved in the survey please visit this page
Four co-researchers needed - University of Birmingham
Flexible: up to 30 days on a consultancy basis, until 30.11.18
This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a team of researchers from the Health Service Management Centre and the Third Sector Research Centre at the University, on a National Institute of Health Research funded project.
The project’s aim is to investigate the role played by the voluntary sector in delivering care to people experiencing mental health crises. The project leaders are seeking to recruit four co-researchers with personal experience of a mental health crisis to ensure that the research is grounded in lived experience.
to know more about the role and who to contact to apply, please
visit this page
Make the gift of listening this Christmas
are running a 'time voucher' initiative to encourage people to ensure they make time for listening during the festive season, which for all its parties and family gatherings can also be a very trying time: you can let people know you’re there to listen by making and giving vouchers for your time. Share them, email them or download and print them.
Samaritans Gift of Listening
Bipolar research: which outcomes matter to you?
The research team got in touch to let us know that this project, shared previously, is about to end. Last opportunity to take part if you haven't yet done so.
- Do you have a current diagnosis of bipolar?
- Are you a family member or carer of someone with a diagnosis of bipolar?
you like to take part in a project to help shape how mental health research is carried out? Would you like to help make sure that future research involving people with bipolar investigate the things that matter most to you? Have your say!
For more information on the project and who to contact, please visit here
People's Assembly Brexit event
The People's Assembly are inviting attendance to 'Brexit: what are our demands' event in London, 19 January 7pm, details and registration on eventbrite. Not based in London? Watch the live stream on Facebook.
Have you had, or care for someone with, cancer and experience of mental ill health? Share your story!
Macmillan Cancer Support
is working to gather personal stories from people living with, or caring for someone with both mental health problems and cancer.
Cancer affects nearly 1 in 2 people during their lifetime, and mental health/emotional wellbeing problems affect 1 in 4 adults during any one year, so there will be lots of people out there with this dual lived experience.
Macmillan’s Mental Health and Cancer Taskforce
aims to better understand the needs and ideas for change of people affected by both cancer and mental health problems.
For more information and a contact email please take a look here
Launch of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance
The Department of Health (DH), NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) are inviting applications from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to join a new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. The Alliance is part of the new VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme. Through this DH, NHS England and PHE will work with VCSE organisations to promote equality and address health inequalities and help people, families and communities to achieve and maintain wellbeing.Closing date for applications is noon 22 February 2017. Find out more
Oral statement to parliament: CQC report on deaths of NHS patients
Jeremy Hunt has addressed Parliament
on the Care Quality Commission's report into the way NHS trusts review and investigate the deaths of patients in England.
Government responses published last week
Public health post 2013 report: The government’s reaction to the House of Commons Health Committee Report on public health post-2013
This response was prepared by the Department of Health in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England.
Impact of spending review on health and social care: This document
sets out the government’s response to the 29 conclusions and recommendations made in the House of Commons Health Select Committee report.
Tampon tax fund opens for new bids
Applications are now open and will close on Friday 27 January 2017. For contact details and how to apply please take a look at the
Organisations offered funding to deliver peer-led job clubs
Announced in the disability green paper and protested by disability activist groups, the 'journey to employment' (J2E) scheme offers funding to organisations to design and deliver peer led job clubs. For more details about the grant, the criteria to meet, a roll out calendar and who to contact please
visit this page
Disability green paper consultation currently open
is open on 'Improving Lives', the green paper which disability activists have described as 'unethical and cruel'. Don't forget to take a look at the technical annex which accompanies the Green Paper.
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