Hearing voices, living fully
- Claire Bien, M.Ed., is a writer and grant writer at The Connection. She is also a voice hearer and formed the Hearing Voices Network support group at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Her memoir, Hearing Voices, Living Fully: Living with the Voices in my Head, was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2016.
They call this 'help'
- Otto Douglas is a university graduate whose psychiatric incarceration opened his eyes to a previously unknown world — a world in which human rights abuses are openly perpetrated against others as a matter of course. Having come to realize what a threat coercive psychiatry poses to ordinary citizens around the globe, Otto is now passionately devoted to the cause of securing and protecting the fundamental human rights and freedoms we are all entitled to.
Support and sign up to 4Pi, the National Involvement Standards
Developed and produced by people with experience of mental ill health, 4Pi (which stands for
principles, purpose, presence, process and impact) is a framework
for the involvement of service users and carers: in our own care, in our communities, in service delivery and evaluation and in organisational governance and strategy. Over 60 orgsanisations have already adopted the standards. To find out who they are, read case studies about 4Pi in practice, and get the resource pack please visit
Letter to Theresa May - DoH reply
Last week we told you that NSUN have written to the new Prime Minister asking for investment in user-led, community and self-organised support. We have also drawn attention to the National Involvement Standards
produced by people with lived experience of distress and carers.
Our letter was forwarded to the Department of Health, who replied on 27 July. You can read both our letter and the DoH's reply here.