NSUN is one of 69 charities calling on the PM to fund much needed change in health and care
Sixty-nine charity leaders have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a revised funding settlement for health and care. The charities describe the current pressure on health and care as “not acceptable or tenable.” The signatories also call for the development of models of care that work for people with chronic needs and a
reaffirmation of the government’s backing for the Five Year Forward View. The Budget on Wednesday 8 March provides the Prime Minister with a chance to help resolve the crisis facing health and care services. Download the full letter from the National Voices website.
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NSUN comments on Theresa May's mental health speech
Promises, promises...in a toxic context
Read the full article here.
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Survivor Researcher Network news
The Survivor Researcher Network (SRN), hosted by NSUN, is a network set up to support people with lived experience of mental distress with an interest in research. We produce a 6-weekly SRN
bulletin. If you would like to subscribe to the SRN news then please contact Emma Ormerod. Visit the SRN page for more information.
Remembering Patricia Chambers
It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Patricia Chambers died last year. Patricia was a leading light for the BME survivor movement, involved and active both locally and nationally.
We shared an office with Catch-a-Fiya when NSUN was established and Patricia was newly appointed as the Catch-a-Fiya Manager in 2009. Patricia led work on the Dancing To Our Own Tunes recommendations to develop the TOOTS charter and was a huge support, advocate and motivator for those who worked with her.
Patricia was involved in many initiatives and organisations and leaves an inspiring legacy. Jayasree Kalathil has written a tribute which you can read on the NSUN Facebook page.
Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved Patricia.
We are organising an event for us to come together to remember and celebrate her life and spirit, and for us all to gather together in each other’s company and friendship.
- Date: 25th
February 2017, 1 pm onwards
- Venue: The Rose Pub, 35 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TL (Map)
This will be an informal, self-funded event. We really hope you can come.
It’ll be great if you can let us know by email
or the Remembering and Celebrating Patricia Chambers Facebook Page, Please forward the information on to other friends and colleagues who would want to be there.
In solidarity, Jayasree Kalathil
Dominic Makuvachuma-Walker Sarah Yiannoullou
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Mental Health Resistance Network share video of the wake of Robert Dellar
The wake of Robert Dellar (1964 - 2016) , held at the Ivy House in Peckham was filmed by the Mental Health Resistance Network, who kindly share the video for all those who supported Robert's involvement but could not attend
You can watch the video here
Boot Out Austerity! Social Workers Walking for Social Justice
On 19th April, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there -
you too can get involved.
Drawing inspiration from the Jarrow marchers of 1936, and more recently the People’s March for the NHS in 2014 and a group of psychologists who Walked the Talk in 2015, the aim of the walkers will be to highlight the devastating impact of nine years of austerity.
To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support please take a few moments to complete our questionnaire: To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support, please complete this short questionnaire.
Visit the website for more information.
Art residency workshops ‘Reclaiming the languages of lunacy’
The Art House, Wakefield,
is hosting a forthcoming residency by artist Sean Burn, supported by Arts Council England’s Change Makers initiative. Sean is a writer, performer and self-taught artist with an international reputation and active involvement in disability arts
As part of his residency, ‘Reclaiming the languages of lunacy’, on Monday 24 April
and Tuesday 25 April, Sean will be performing and leading a creative workshop based at The Art House for artists who have lived experience of mental distress.
Further details and the application form can be found on The Art House website.
Mental health, mental capacity, human rights: resources launched
The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has published three new guides on mental health, mental capacity and human rights. The booklets aim to empower people using services to advocate for their own human rights. BIHR have co-produced the booklets with six advocacy and support organisations, including NSUN, as part of a project called
Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy.
My Human Rights
contains information about what human rights are, which rights are most relevant for people using mental health and mental capacity services and explains who has duties to uphold your rights. This is also available in an accessible version.
Raising a Human Rights Issue
contains tips and tools on how to use your human rights. This workbook contains flowcharts and worked through examples to help you identify whether public officials are interfering with your rights and the action you can take to challenge this, outside of courtrooms, in everyday situations.
BIHR has been road-testing these resources and, following feedback, we have launched these updated versions. They contain real-life examples of how people using services (and their advocates) have used human rights to negotiate for better outcomes.
If you would like a hard copy of the resources,
come along to one of BIHR's free learning sessions or email Jasmine Powell at email@example.com
Viewpoint looking for a new Treasurer
works with mental health and drug/alcohol services users to help improve services in Hertfordshire.
They are looking for a new Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees. Ideally you will have experience in financial accounting and be interested in supporting our work.
The role of the Treasurer is to:
- Oversee the financial affairs of the organisation and ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice.
- Ensure proper records are kept and that effective financial procedures are in place.
- Monitor and report on the financial health of the organisation.
- Oversee the production of necessary financial reports/returns, accounts and audits.
You will be expected to attend a six weekly board meeting, which currently occurs on Tuesdays in Welwyn Garden City 5-7pm. You may also be asked to attend occasional sub-committee meeting, strategy sessions or other adhoc events.
Your travel expenses will be reimbursed and a free DBS check will be required
If you are interested please call Mr Leslie billy on 01707 386136 or
Disability Rights UK news
Disabled people tell UN committee that UK is failing on international rights convention
Successive British governments and other public bodies are failing to fulfil pledges they signed up to under a major international disability rights convention, campaigners have told a United Nations (UN) committee.
Related article: The UK is about to be investigated by the UN for its shameful treatment of disabled people – but does the Government care?
Read the full report: please click on this link
Disability rights handbook published
Edition 42 (2017 - 18) is available at £18.50 concession price (2 copies per person only). Please read more
Benefits overview course
NB - this seems to be aimed at professionals who work with disabled people / their carers and who need to understand the system. for more information please take a look
Disability Rights UK are looking for a new CEO
The organisation is looking for an outstanding and passionate Chief Executive to drive progress towards a vision of equal participation for all, building the charity's profile and increasing the engagement of its growing membership base. The post is full time, based in London, with a yearly salary of £70 000 - £75 000. For more information please
Funding: woman to woman
The launch of the Woman to Woman
fund was recently announced. With grants of up to £25,000, no fewer than 100 local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ Grants are available for groups with
an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women.
If you meet the following requirements you can apply for a grant:
- You are a women’s sector organisation
- You are a charitable organisation – your organisation need not be a registered charity, but your activities must be charitable and legal
- You are a local organisation, which is not part of a national enterprise
- You have an annual income less than £100k or you employ less than two full-time paid members of staff
- You have a written governing document, such as a constitution or set of rules
- You have a governing body with at least 3 unrelated members
- You have a UK-based bank or building society account in the name of your organisation, with at least two unrelated signatories
For more information and how to apply please visit
'NHS if' winning essays
The King's Fund have announced the winner of the'The NHS if...' essay competition, in which they asked the public to imagine scenarios for the future of health and care. In her winning essay, Sue Brown explores how the NHS might change if the government increased taxation and used this money to fund services closer to home.
runner-up essay Verity Murricane considers what would happen if the NHS changed its approach to risk.
Vacancies: helpline support officers (x 2)
SALARY: £20k-£25k pro-rata
HOURS: Part-time 3 days (18hrs-21.75hrs, depending on availability)
Brake is a road safety charity working to stop the tragedy of road deaths and injuries, make streets and communities safer, and support people bereaved and seriously injured on roads. Working in a post part-funded by the Ministry of Justice, and supported by an experienced team, you will provide over the phone a one-stop-shop of support that meets bereaved and injured clients’ needs to exacting standards.
You will be liaising with clients facing their darkest hour. You will be required to do so in a highly sensitive and empathetic manner, providing emotional support alongside complex information and advocacy requiring high level diplomacy skills and confidence in desk-based research utilising the internet, phone and your natural problem solving talents.
For more details and to apply please visit Brake's website.
Deadline for Applications: 4pm on Monday 13th March 2017
'A disorder for everyone': events coming up
'A Disorder for Everyone' explores the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, challenges it and proposes to create change. The events are your opportunity to have your input.
The events take the form of a one day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for everyone who is interested in the current debates around mental health. It aims to attract psychologists, counsellors, service users, psychotherapists, mental health support professionals, psychiatrists, mental health survivors, people with lived experience, managers and individuals with a personal interest.
Facilitated by Dr Lucy Johnstone and Jo Watson as well as Dolly Sen (Bristol), Jo McFarlane (Edinburgh), Rai Waddingham (London). It is a chance to discuss the critical questions of the day around the biomedical model in mental health.
- 3 March (9am - 5.30pm), Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY / booking here
- 10 March (9am - 5.30pm), The Melting Pot 5 Rose Street Edinburgh EH2 2PR /
- 8 June (9am - 5.30pm), Amnesty International UK 25 New Inn Yard London EC2A 3EA /
For Bristol and Edinburgh, prices range from £0 to £ 99. For London, cost currently stands at £79 - £99. All free sponsored places have gone but attempts are being made to secure more sponsored places. Keep checking with booking pages.
Each booking page offers details about the events and presenters (with their website / twitter details). You can also read Jo Watson's blog 'Time to 'Drop the Disorder' on the Mad In America
In the news
An on going inquest has heared that sending Olaseni Lewis - who died after police restraint - to Bethlem was 'safe'
The Guardian reported
that charities have a vital role in supporting children's mental health
An art exhibition
to combat mental health stigma is to open in Cambridge
A psychiatric ward in London has been given a makeover, with work donated by artists and workshops for patients
Barbers to hold walk
in Torquay to promote men's mental health
A nurse has been sacked after she was caught on camera stealing £110 from a mental health patient
A conference on how social media can help young people access mental health support is to take place
In Ireland, new mums fear their baby will be taken in care if they say they have depression
The Independent report that a growing number of US politicians 'question Trump's mental health'
Recent mortality spike linked to health and care funding cuts, warn researchers
A sharp rise in deaths in 2015, which potentially continued last year, was likely to have been caused by failures in health and social care linked to funding cuts, researchers have suggested. - read more
Norman Lamb: hospital closures are ‘result of chronic government underfunding
The planned closures of 19 hospitals and thousands of hospital beds are an “inevitable consequence of the Government’s underfunding of the NHS”, the former health minister said - read more
Jeremy Hunt admits there's "a long way to go when it comes to hospital IT system
Britain's crisis-hit NHS will not be paperless by 2018, the government's health secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted—finally acknowledging what has long been obvious to anyone who works in hospitals across the country - read more
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