NSUN Bulletin 23rd July 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 23 July 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 23 July 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 23 July edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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NSUN News 
Mental Health ActAlternatives to detention/sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983 - can you help with suggestions?

Dorothy Gould is still taking suggestions as part of her work for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.
Please click here for more information
Reigniting the SpaceReigniting the Space project steering group- recruitement 
The steering group has nine positions, six of which have been filled. 
We are in the process of recruiting more members from Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands and the North East. 
In the first round of recruitment, we have representatives from East of England, London, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.
The steering group members have extensive connections within their regions and interest and experience of addressing intersectional issues. They will act as regional links to the project and support and advice the project manager and the researchers on the project.
Please see Role Description for further details. To apply, please fill in the Application Form.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 10th August 2018
Interviews: mid-August
Contact NSUN (info@nsun.org.uk)or Jayasree Kalathil (jayasree@survivor-research.com) for further information about the project and how to get involved.
Selected blogs 
Australian psychiatrist Niall McLaren lays into his profession.
Lynn Tang reflects on a friend's (un)recovery journey - 'a series of disempowerment: She was disempowered by the interaction with medical service, the side effects of the medications, the labour market and the detrimental working conditions in Hong Kong'
Podcast: Against your will - compulsary powers in the mental health system 
podcastJohn McGowan, Anne Cooke, Angela Gilchrist,  Rachel Terry and Emma Rye discuss the compulsory powers available in the mental health system in the UK These include the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act (MHA).
As the Prime Minister said she would like to ‘rip up’ the Mental Act, the panel also offers Theresa May advice on what to replace it with.
For the full podcast, please click here
Take part in DPAC's festival of resistance 
festival of resitanceDisabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are holding a festival of resitance 'highlighting the hypocricy of the UK and Kenyan governments hosting a Global Disability Summit'.
For more information, please click here
Mental health peer mentors needed in Hackney 
Advocacy project
The Advocacy Project is looking for Mental Health Peer Mentors:

Are you over 18 and live in either Hackney or City of London?
Have you experienced mental illness?

Would you like to provide practical and emotional support for someone who has also experienced mental illness?

Do you want to empower people and support them to have a voice?

The Advocacy Project is also looking for people who would like emotional and practical support from a mentor.

Please contact Sophie Hudson for more details:
Mental health in schools conference 
Westminster insights
The Government Green Paper on children and young people’s mental health provision proposed changes to the way children and young people’s mental health is managed in schools.
Led by Dean Johnstone, CEO at Minds Ahead, the conference will examine how schools can collaborate with the NHS, voluntary sector and local authorities to improve the provision, commission and delivery of services.
Date: 16 October
Time: 09:20am - 03:30pm
Venue: Central London
Booking: please click here
Agenda: please click here
You will receive practical advice about implementing different models of mental health provision in schools including mental health and school link services, peer-to-peer support, in-school counselling and ‘whole-school’ approaches. Learn how to overcome stigma by teaching pupils, staff and parents about mental health awarenes.
The organisers can offer 20% off the standard delegate rate, however if you book two places or more on any event, they can increase that discount to 30%. In the “promotional code” section of the booking form, use the code MHSCZO-2863055 to receive 20%, and the code MHSCEO-2863055 for 30%.
Service User Support/Carer Project Worker  
Middlesex university
This role will be responsible for assisting Middlesex University’s long-standing service user representation group, involve@mdx. The role will help increase the membership of service users/carers and coordinate service user involvement across the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership (NLSWTP) and the Department of Mental Health and Social Work at Middlesex University.
Location: Hendon
Starting Salary: £31,210 per annum pro rata
Grade: Grade 6
Contract Type: Fixed Term - 12 months
Hours per Week: 21.3
Closing Date: Tuesday 31 July 2018
The role will be based at Middlesex University and the post holder will be employed by Middlesex University.
The post will require travel across the NLSWTP organisations for meetings.
For more information and how to apply please click here
Dissemination event for Exploring the Service User Experience of Mental Health Act Assessments study 
Event in Hampshire
Mental Health Act assessments are a little spoken about experience within mental health.
This is the first study to ask service users about their experiences and they told us so many different insights and improvements to this process.
This event aims to share their good and bad experience and then to explore how these experience could be improved

Date: Monday 10th September
Time: 1-5pm
Venue:Wells Place Centre, Wells Place Eastleigh, SO50 5J
Cost: free

For more information and booking please click here
Selby District mental health forum launches 
Selby forumFollowing the successful programme of conferences hosted by Selby District Council in 2016/17, Brighter Futures are really pleased to announce the launch of the Selby District Mental Health Forum.

During the conferences, the idea of a mental health forum emerged as a key aim for the future. Therefore, Brighter Futures are excited to be able to invite you to the official launch of the forum in July. This service user led forum, jointly funded by Selby District Council and Selby Big Local and delivered by Brighter Futures will provide the following:

  • a service user led forum for supporting and developing the delivery of mental health services across Selby District
  • a consultation service for statutory providers such as the NHS for developing the strategic direction of mental health services in the district
  • a core hub for promotion, discussion and sharing of information regarding mental health service provision within Selby District

Date: 24 July
Time: 4:30 - 6pm
Venue: The Studio, Selby Town Hall, York Street, Selby.

For more information you can email sdmhf@brighterfutures.org.uk
Places of safety lived experience research 
Please help to improve the service and environment at Places of Safety in North West London

The NHS is planning improvements to the service and environment at Places of Safety across the eight North West London boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster).

The police can use the law (sections 136/135 of the Mental Health Act) to take people from a public/private place to a Place of Safety if they seem to be unwell and in need of care.
At the Place of Safety mental health staff can assess a person’s needs and work out the best next steps for them.

Researchers need to know from people with direct experience of Places of Safety (s136/5) in North West London what they think is most important to meet people’s needs in future.

What can you do?
  • If you have direct experience please consider giving your time to take the survey (below).
  • If you know someone with this experience, please let them know about the survey.
  • If you would like to arrange to take the survey in a person-to-person meeting or over the phone, please contact: samantha.holmes@rethink.org

You can take the survey online here
Petition: fund facilities for people who feel suicidal 
portcullisFund facilities for people who feel suicidal so they always have somewhere to go

Often people who feel suicidal are discharged from mental health services, against their will. This can gravely increase the risk to their lives and causes needless deaths. No one who feels suicidal and asks for help should be turned away.
To sign this petition please click here
The deadline is 24 November - please share this as it has to garner 10 000 signatures to get any response at all from the government.
Call for participants for BBC Radio 4 documentary series on delusions 
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Are you someone who would be happy to volunteer to talk about their experiences of delusional beliefs?
This will be for a documentary series for BBC Radio 4. 
A key aim of the programmes is to help listeners understand people’s experience of delusional ideas and why they happen. Your real name would not be used, unless you would like it to be. Interviews will take place over the next 2-4 weeks.
Participants will be interviewed by Prof Daniel Freeman, a clinical psychologist from the University of Oxford. There is flexibility in where the interview takes place. For instance, it could be at your home, a place important to you related to the delusional ideas or in a place you feel most comfortable. 
The topic of the interview will be the experience of having delusional thoughts, how they arose, and what kept them going or helped reduce them. Delusional thoughts are strongly held ideas that you realise later are incorrect. 
For instance, it might include incorrectly thinking that:
  • You were someone very important or had exceptional abilities;
  • You were responsible for something terrible happening;
  • Your body was diseased or rotting;
  • You were dead;
  • Loved ones were replaced by imposters;
  • A conspiracy of people were against you;
  • The newspapers, television, or adverts were sending messages to you;
  • Your partner was having an affair behind your back;
  • Someone was in love with you;
  • People were reading your mind;
  • You had an unusual relationship with god, the devil, or religion;
  • Or that your body was controlled by other people.
If you are potentially interested in taking part then please send an email to:
Daniel Freeman (Daniel.freeman@psych.ox.ac.uk) or 
Victoria Shepherd (victoriaruthshepherd@gmail.com)
You could also call Daniel Freeman on 01865 613109 to discuss the potential for you to take part in the series.They cannot interview everyone who contacts them but are able to have a conversation with you about participating.
Reminder: previously shared news and events 
don't forget
Nominations still open for the Marsh Awards
The awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support. You can nominate until 31 July.
User-led mental health app needs your input
Mental Snapp, a user led mental health app, is doing some research on user preferences to co-design their marketing. It would be great if you could take part in this 60 second survey and leave your email address for a chance to take part in a research phone call - there will be a £10 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time if you get selected for the phone call. Here is the survey - don’t think about it hard, just give the team a gut reaction to these four photos. 
GOV.UK news 
Mental health education to be made compulsory in UK schools
Under government proposals, health education (including mental health), will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools. Read more here
LGBT survey results and action plan
In July 2017, the Government launched a survey to gather more information about the experiences of LGBT people in the UK. Over 108,000 people participated, making it the largest national survey of LGBT people in the world to date.
This report looks at the headline findings, which focus on the experiences of LGBT people in the areas of safety, health, education and the workplace.
The Government has published an Action Plan that sets out what steps it will take in response to the findings of the survey.
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor info@nsun.org.uk
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