Save the date - NSUN AGM to take place this September
This year, the AGM will take place in Sheffield on 27 September.
Put this date in your calendars! We're looking forwards to seeing you there.
Refusal to pay council tax as an act of civil disobedience
- the Rev Paul Nicolson explains why he is refusing to pay council tax in solidarity with everyone in UK suffering mental or physical ill-health due to inadequate incomes and debt
Support NSUN as you shop online
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NSUN page then click the Join and Support this cause button. Donating this way does not increase the cost of your shopping.
Call for blogging contributors
Share experiences, suggestions and opinions with e-bulletin readers, website visitors and social media friends. To get an idea of the variety of topics and points of view, please visit our
blogs section. To send a blog, please email the editor.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
The three minutes video is here.
NSUN Members' Manifesto 2017
Find out what is most important to the NSUN membership. A summary page that is easy to display is now available for download. Take a look at the link at the bottom of this page.
NSUN is bringing the voice of experience to an all party parliamentary group (APPG) which aims at producing guidance for therapists whose clients are struggling with prescribed drug dependence.
The group will create and deploy guidance materials for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists to support them working with issues of prescribed drug dependence.
If you have experience of prescribed drug dependence and would like to share your story with the APPG to influence its work, please email us.
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Below NSUN news, features concern events, job opportunities, research, groups, etc, which are not ran by us, unless clearly stated. Details are sent to us by contacts who wish to spread word about their activities.
Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions and features by you, please email the editor
and the general info mailbox.
Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.
Delays and failures contributed to death of Sarah Reed
The jury at the inquest of Sarah Reed has delivered its conclusion:
• Sarah did not receive adequate treatment for her high levels of distress, and the failure of prison psychiatrists to manage Sarah’s medication contributed to her death.
• The failure to complete the fitness to plead assessment in a timely manner contributed to her death.
Deborah Cole, director of Inquest, which reports on the legal conclusions, adds: ' [Sarah's] death was a result of multi-agency failures to protect a woman in crisis '
To read the full article on Inquest's website please click here
Psychiatric patients speak out
This website is a clear, user friendly, non complicated resource to find out what is going wrong with the lives of people detained, released and connected to psychiatry.
Various people stories are given often saying there is patient damage or loss and also possible issues of psychiatry being unaccountable and people struggling to get compensation if deemed necessary for health & support.
DPAC have occupied Parliament to protest social care funding cuts
DPAC went to Parliament to lobby MPs about the funding of social care and independent living as part of their Week of Action.
The funding crisis in social care is having a very real and detrimental impact on Disabled people’s ability to live and take part in the community and the gap between the life chances of Disabled and non-Disabled people is widening.
The police was not initially allowing DPAC members into Parliament and they were held for a while in a gated area before making their
way to the lobby area.
While there, they decided to occupy the area, as they did a few years ago, and they received the support of MPs like Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley among others.
The media reported on the event, several articles are listed here along with pictures of the activists in the Parliament lobby.
As DPAC occupied Parliament, John McDonnell called
for a care crisis solution led by people living with disabilities.
Call for submissions for 'Survivors Stories' visual arts exhibition in East London
To mark their10th anniversary, the collective F.E.E.L. (Friends of East End Loonies), are hosting the
LOONIES FEST, a major diverse event to celebrate the joint work and achievements of the past decade.
FEEL would like to invite Artists to submit their works for the group exhibition ‘SURVIVORS STORIES’.
The call is open to Artists with lived psychiatric hospital/psychosis experience, as FEEL will be celebrating past and present Survivors, patients, ex-patients, service users (whatever people prefer to be called like). The show will run between 5 to 19 September
NICE guideline on Adult social care: improving people’s experience
The economic plan, review protocols and search strategies for this NICE guideline have been published on the project documents
web page. This information is published for transparency, and to enable stakeholders to prepare for consultation on the draft guideline.
The consultation on the draft guideline and its supporting evidence is due to start on 22 August 2017. We will contact you again by email when the consultation starts.
Peerfest announce event date
It will be Monday 9 October and will be at: At-Bristol, Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5DB. Places will come out in batches and the Bristol team will be launching communication about this very soon.
More details to follow but the event is likely to follow last year’s formula of conference style daytime, evening entertainment, and Marsh Awards somewhere in between.
Project needs funding to launch in West London
The Happiness Corner is a pop up recovery café that offers peer-led support to individuals with mental health needs. The aim of The Happiness Corner is to end isolation and allow inclusion and integration among users by providing a safe, warm and welcoming environment where they can engage in social, educational, recreational and cultural activities.
To read more about this project and support it, please click
Andy Bell awarded President's Medal for outstanding services in mental health
Andy Bell has worked at Centre for Mental Health for 15 years and has in that time contributed to some of the key moments in mental health transformation
Read more here
Open meeting about advocacy and advice services in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland
Open meeting for people with a lived experience of mental health conditions and their carers. This is about advocacy and advice services in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.
- 26 July
- 2pm - 4pm
- 25K Centre at Ayton Drive in Redcar TS10 4EW.
Focus group on a regional weight management plan for mental health service users in Newcastle
You are invited to a focus group to discuss a regional plan to help mental health service users in secondary services manage their weight.
The North East together (NEt) network knows managing weight gain is a big issue for lots of mental health service users and carers and we would like to hear our members' views on the draft plan and find out what needs to be put in place to support service users wanting to lose weight.
- Monday 31 July
- 1pm to 4pm
- Re Co Co, Fifth Floor, Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ
To book a place please contact network coordinator Mish Lorraine 07902 403630
CQC reports on the quality of specialist mental health care in England
CQC have published a new report detailing the findings from our comprehensive inspections of specialist mental health services over the last three years.
Lankelly Chase Project Manager/Researcher
An opportunity has arisen for a full time (1.0 FTE) post as a Project Manager/Researcher for the Lankelly Chase project which has been funded in order to establish a centre of excellence on ‘ethnicity, inequalities and mental illness'.
- Location: City Of London
- Salary: £36,064 to £42,431 per annum incl. London allowance (grade 5).
- Hours: full time and fixed term appointment for 4.5 years
- Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
- Placed on: 28 June 2017
- Closes: 31 July 2017
- To apply: please click here
Discount offer on conferences and events
HC-UK offer NSUN members an friends a 20% discount on a series of mental health conferences and masterclasses focus on a number of topics helping those working in mental health or with mental health service users have an increased understanding of the service user experience and look at issues such as capacity and consent, co-morbidity and psychological therapies.
The 20% discount is available by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Full T&Cs available upon request.)
The full list of events is available here
In the news
The government has ignored
key evidence that demonstrates widespread breaches of the UN disability convention, according to disabled people’s grassroots groups and organisations that are working together to expose its failings.
Inclusion London set to test social model job support, after £775k grant .
Psychiatry damage in the borough of Thameside (video)
increase in number of people having to resort to crowdfunding to buy their wheelchair.
£325 million invested in NHS transformation projects
will support Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) across England
More people will be able to give blood following scientific review
How the rules around blood donation will change
for some groups of people, following a clinical study with recommendations
Jeremy Hunt writes about patient safety visits
The Secretary of State on why patient safety
is a priority, and the different approaches taken by different hospitals
£86 million funding announced for new medicine and technology
Government funding will speed up access to new medicine and technology by supporting businesses to develop and test their innovations