NSUN bulletin 22nd January 2018

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NSUN Bulletin Monday 22 January 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
A group of psychologists have launched an alternative framework to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
Whilst the survivor movement welcomes the framework and identifies with a lot in its approach, there are ambivalent feelings, as reflected in our featured member's blog.
Besides other features,this bulletin also brings you news about the Mental Health Act review and how NSUN is engaging with it.
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - service user and carer survey
The review is seeking views from people with experience of being sectioned or of caring for someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as part of the review.
You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you and post it to the following address by Wednesday, 28 February 2018:
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 
39 Victoria Street 
NSUN news 
NSUN to co facilitate Deep Democracy session on disability employment
Deep democacyAs a member of the Win-Win Alliance (one of the member partnerships for the Health & Wellbeing Alliance), NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session  Tuesday 13 February  in Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people.
This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Download invitation here
Email info@nsun.org.uk or call Sarah 07778 659 390 for more information.
Survivor researchers influencing mental health act review
service user researchers influencing mental health act review
Members of the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) have met with Steven Gilbert (one of three Vice chairs for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Panel) to discuss what support and guidance could be provided to organisations who will be selected to facilitate focus groups.
Read more here
Member's blog 
Power Threat Meaning Threat Power Power Power!
A blog by Scheherazade, on the launch of the Power Threat Meaning Framework.

''2018 has started with a bang. Well, at least within the small islands of UK’s mental health activism....''
To read the full blog, please click here
Mental Health Policy Research Unit 
Lived Experience Working Group
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Call for applications from mental health service users and carers: involvement in a Lived Experience Working Group for a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit.
The Department of Health has set up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit (PRU), run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This Unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
PRU is offering paid involvement to up to 12 people with personal experience of using mental health services, or caring for friends or family members who have used services, through joining a Lived Experience Working Group for the PRU. 
Working Group members will attend regular meetings, and use their first-hand knowledge of mental distress and mental health service use to help guide the work of the Unit. Involvement will be offered as and when required: this is likely to approximate to one day’s involvement per month.
You will need some previous experience of contributing to research or mental health service development, as well as your personal experience of using services or supporting a friend or family member who uses services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
The closing date for applications is: Midnight, Sunday 25th February 2018
Interviews will be held on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March 2018
We look forward to hearing from you.
Psychologists launch alternative framework to psychiatic diagnosis models 
Power Threat Meaning
A group of senior psychologists (Lucy Johnstone, Mary Boyle, John Cromby, David Harper, Peter Kinderman, David Pilgrim and John Read) and high profile service user campaigners (Jacqui Dillon and Eleanor Longden) spent five years developing the Power Threat Meaning Framework as an alternative to more traditional models based on psychiatric diagnosis.
They were supported by researcher Kate Allsopp, by a consultancy group of service users/carers, and by many people who supplied examples of good practice that is not based on diagnosis.
Read the full framework's creators introduction here
Do we still need the diagnosis of 'personality disorder'? 
Lucy Johnstone Viewpoint in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire (School of Health & Social work) are delighted to invite Dr Lucy Johnstone (a clinical psychologist, writer, trainer and speaker) to come to Hertfordshire to speak about critical perspectives on 'Personality Disorder'.
Dr Johnstone led the group which produced the Power Threat Meaning Framework.
Date: 7 February
Time: 1pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Prince Edward Hall, (Main Building), University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield AL10 9AB
Cost: free
To book your place, please click here
Legendary BME mental health activist launches book 
Suman Fernando
Legendary BME mental health activist, academic and former psychiatrist, Suman Fernando, has launched his most recent book entitledInstitutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health”
The book is designed to act as a conceptual framework to help activists and practitioners analyse institutionalised racism including within psychiatry.
Read more here
Come and see artist activist Tara Fleur, Woman of Bones, in Peckham 
woman of bones The next Mental Health Resistance Network/ SolidariTEA event will be held at The Field in Peckham on 1 February 2018.
It's a spoken word event featuring the phenomenal Tara Fleur, Woman of Bones.
Tara will also be showing her Digital Art, and bringing Friends Made of Bones. Tara identifies as a survivor, and has recently returned to work in the NHS after 17 years of bohemian living.
Her work is redolent with passion, bitingly satirical and searingly funny. 
Date:1 February
Time: 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Venue:The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross, London SE14 5HD
Cost: free
Event information on the Field website here
Social media campaign raises voices of women who have experienced abuse 
this is my storyAgenda, is an organisation that exists to ensure women and girls at risk of poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need. Agenda’s social media campaign  is raising women’s voices by sharing their experiences in their own words.
Around 1.2 million women in England and Wales have experienced extensive violence and abuse as both children and adults. As a result, they are often deeply traumatised and go on to face multiple problems like poverty, homelessness, poor mental health and using drugs and alcohol as coping mechanisms.
To get involved, read the stories, share the campaign's messages, please click here
Policy Manager recruitment
Agenda is also recruiting for a Policy Manager, based in London. The deadline is 31 January. Find out more about the role here.
Race Equality Foundation seeks trustees 
Race Equality Foundation Race Equality Foundation is a dynamic and forward thinking Charity that promotes race equality in social support (what families and friends do for each other) and public services (what 'workers' do with people who need support).

The Foundation have a board of eight Trustees. Several tenures are coming to an end and there is a need for new people. The foundation is interested in individuals with expertise in finance, social media, IT and human resources. However, applications would be welcome from all who care passionately about bringing an end to race discrimination and its negative impacts.
Applications by CV and supportive statement.
Deadline: 31 January.
For more information, please read this page
Shape the future of the 50+ LGBT community in Rochdale 
Voices for All will be runnning a workshop in partnership with the Kashmir Youth Project (KYP) for members of the LGBT community who are aged 50 plus. Shaping, designing and delivering age friendly projects for the LGBT communities in Rochdale.

Discuss ideas and have a say in the future direction of the health and wellbeing support in the borough. Make a difference for over 50s!
Two workshops:
  • Friday 16 February, 1pm - 3pm, Number One Riverside, Smith Street, Rochdale OL16 1XU
  • Thursday 22nd February, 5pm - 7pm, Petrus, 64 Long Street, Middleton M24 6DN
Adrian Palmer – Operations Manager, Voices for All
T: 01706 510826
M: 07486433066
'A disorder for everyone!' February event in Brighton 
a disorder for everyone
AD4E is coming to Brighton and is in association with Hearing Voices Brighton
Contributors include Dr Lucy Johnstone, Anne Cooke, Hearing Voices Brighton, Film maker John Richardson, Poet David Gilbert, Jo Watson & Nollaig McSweeney.
AD4E events offer as many free places as possible to people with lived experience,  as well as discounted rates for other groups.

Please contact jowatson03@aol.com if you would like to negotiate a cheaper rate for group bookings of more than five people.
Date: 16 February
Time: 09:00am - 5:00pm
Venue: Friends Meeting House, Ship Street, Brighton BN1 1AF

Online booking here.
To find out about other AD4E events in Birmingham, Cork and London, visit the AD4E website.
CQC news 
Article ImageCEO stepping down
CQC, CEO Sir David Behan has announced his intention to step down as Chief Executive of CQC. He will continue in the role until the summer to allow the appointment process for a successor to take place. Read more here.
Expert by Experience re-procurement process
CQC has been undertaking engagement activity around the pre-procurement process for the Expert by Experience programme though surveys, focus groups and stakeholder co-production meetings. You can register an interest in the procurement here.
GOV.UK news 
PM commits to government-wide drive to tackle loneliness
The government is accepting a series of recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness. For the full press release, please click here
Independent review of the Mental Health Act
All up to date information about the review can be found here.
This includes the Service User and Carer survey. Closing date 28 February.
Department of Health and Social Care
Last week the Department of Health rebranded as the Department of Health and Social Care
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