NSUN bulletin 19th March

NSUN Bulletin Monday 19 March 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 19 March 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 19 March 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.
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NSUN news 
The collective voice of user/survivors from racialised groups: reigniting the space
Reigniting the Space
Despite setbacks, people from racialised groups have continued to work within our communities and local areas, often in isolation and without access to sustainable resources.

What has been difficult to achieve is a national forum to facilitate networking, information sharing and collaboration between groups, and tosustain a collective political voice.

A new project, Reigniting the Space, aims at being this national forum, starting with mapping the current work mental health service users and survivors from racialised groups are involved in around the country
Read more here
NSUN joins 13 other organisations raising concerns about the DoLS system
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has led a joint submission to an inquiry on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).
14 organisations, including NSUN, joined voices to raise concerns about the current DoLS system, in particular that it is not achieving it's aim of ensuring people are only deprived of their liberty in a way that is respectful of their human rights.
Read more here
Met police mental health forum
NSUN members have been actively advising the Metropolitan Police to assist in increasing the competence and capabilities of the MPS in all matters of its mental health strategy and service delivery.

met policeEach member of the Metropolitan Police Mental Health Consultative Forum brings a unique set of skills and knowledge which contributes to the quality of police work and improving confidence of communities across London.
The forum is a great opportunity to work together for improvements to mental health support in the capital.

The focus for the next meeting is Disproportionality relating to age, race, ethnicity and sexuality.

The meeting will be held on 27 March at New Scotland Yard.

If you would like to find out more or have an interest in joining the forum and live in Greater London, please email the co-chair: naomijames15@gmail.com
NSUN survivor researchers feed into mental health project and concensus conference
The researchers contributed in the ‘EURIPIDES’ research project which focuses on understanding which approaches to collecting and using patient experience data are the most useful for supporting improvements in inpatient mental health care.
Read more here
Member's blogs 
Jessica Gallier writes about a series of events that followed her father's suicide and the way in which they affected a vulnerable, grieving family whilst doing nothing to prevent future deaths
''every time I did confide in anyone – be they family member or health professional – I was let down, every time, by their failure to protect me from further harm''. Adele Fallows blogs on the difficulties of confiding in people.
The mind map aims at offering pragmatic resources for young people 
Mind Map Through interviews with artistic and sporting talent, plus how to videos on exercise, nutrition, yoga and mindfulness, The Mind Map de-stigmatises mental health problems and provides pragmatic resources for young people.
The Mind Map have spent the past year developing our resource with clinical input from the NHS, plus a host of young people.
The Mind Map will also provide mental health and media workshops, starting with the delivery of a six-week media programme to the Merseyside Youth Association’s mental health group in April.
For more information about the Mind Map, please visit their website
Mental Health Matters project needs volunteers (Gateshead) 
volunteers Gateshead out of Hours service provides opportunities for people to have somewhere to go out of normal service delivery hours to meet other people, participate in interesting and fun activities and receive support and general advice.
The Gateshead out of Hours service needs a volunteer admin, cook and activities support.
For more information please click here
Campaign bootcamp 
campaign bootcamp Campaign Bootcamp is a week-long residential training that supports you to develop the skills, confidence, and community to run a great campaign.
The training brings together 35 new campaigners from across the country (and sometimes from other parts of the world) to learn and build community together.
Date: 20 - 25 May, 2018
Location: Gilwell Park, near London
Interested? Apply by 25 March on this page
Data science for societal wellbeing conference 
ManchesterAdvances in Data Science Conference 2018
Data Science for Societal Well Being
Date: 21 and 22 May
Location: Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester
This year's meeting is jointly organised by Manchester's Data Science Institute and the Cathie Marsh Centre for Social Research and will explore some of the ways that data science can support societal wellbeing. Invited speakers will include leading data scientists from industry and academia and there will also be the opportunity to submit abstracts for talks and posters. Talks will range from application-focussed to advanced data science methodologies.
For a list of confirmed speakers and to register, please visit the conference website
Report provides overview of recent research on severe mental illness 
NIHR Forward Thinking provides an overview of recent published research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), on support for people living with severe mental illnesses (SMI).
These studies address particular uncertainties and evidence gaps identified by those working in and using these services.
This review highlights a selection of NIHR-funded research on aspects of severe mental illness such as supporting early detection and intervention, crisis care, supporting recovery and managing physical and mental health.
It features:
  • 30 published studies
  • 19 ongoing research projects
  • Questions to ask about support for people living with SMI
To download the report please click here
Crowd justice campaign to protect human rights 
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The Gulf Center for Human Rights  are challenging the government’s decision to weaken the Ministerial Code by completely removing the requirement that ministers comply with international law. 
Since 2011, they have been documenting serious violations of human rights committed against human rights defenders across the Gulf region, detained, tortured or facing the death penalty. Government officials must respect and promote international law. 
Find out more here.
GOV.UK news 
NHS prescription charges from 1 April
Regulations have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges in England from 1 April 2018.
Adult social care outcome framework updated
The handbook of definitions was updated on 9 March
Independent review of the Mental Health Act - stakeholder workshops
The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act is in its initial scoping phase, seeking to identify priorities for further work later this year.
To inform this process a number of workshops have been held. 
The aim is to bring together interested parties of all types (e.g. service users, carers, professionals) to share their views on how the Act and associated practice might be improved.The final workshop was held in Cardiff on 12 March.
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