NSUN Bulletin 25th June 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 25 June 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
NSUN Bulletin Monday 25 June 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 25 June edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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NSUN news 
This edition shines the light on some of the peer led peer support activity around the country.
Dorothy Gould writes about our work around the Mental Health Act Review in Asylum Magazine summer 2018
The forthcoming edition of the Magazine for democratic Psychiatry focuses law reform, meds and the challenge of democracy. This edition includes Dorothy Gould's article 'More Haste, Less Speed' on our work around the Mental Health Act Review. Read more and subscribe here.
Selected blogs 
Peter Beresford and Mark Harrison
'A RIGHT TO INDEPENDENT LIVING and a universal national independent living service paid for from direct taxation and free at the point of delivery, alongside the NHS, is the only way to solve the social care catastrophe that faces people of all ages in England and Wales.', say Peter Beresford and Mark Harrison.
A blog we published on our old web platform and are now re-discovering with you.
Survivor researcher Molly Carroll's reflections  on a seminar that took place at the time of Theresa May’s deadline for children as young as 2 to be registered by their childminders and teachers as ‘foreign nationals’ for the state.
Blog appeal - 'Flowers' sitcom
We were not aware of the sitcom which a Guardian commentator calls 'a comedy with mental illness' until we saw her article.
Do you watch 'Flowers', which, as the Guardian tells us, is into its second series on Channel 4? What is your take on it? Would you like to contribute a blog? If so, please get in touch. We accept blogs of any length.
Join Dolly Sen on her next project 
section 136 - Dolly Sen project
Section 136 is a combined arts project, full of live art, street-based interventions, humour, poetry, cuddly lambs and hugs, and getting into bed with madness.
The police can use section 136 of the Mental Health Act to take you to a ‘place of safety’ when you are in a public place.
To read more about the project and het involved, please visit this page
Free Peer-support Training Mental Health: 10th & 12th July 
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Synergy Creative Community CIC is a peer-led space and a mutually supporting group.
'We all have mental health issues, or an interest in mental health issues. We run Synergy for and by ourselves, independent of NHS or Social Services. This includes everything from setting up in the morning, helping with the food preparation, facilitating a workshop, through to fundraising. Our focus is on better health through creativity, mindfulness and nutrition'.
Synergy develops the potential of members to improve mental health and well-being through the use of creative arts, peer support, workshops and nutrition. It is a place to feel at home, to spend time with others, to be creative and enjoy a nourishing tasty meal.
Through peer-support and building links within the community, we aim to break down barriers, stigma and discrimination associated mental ill-health. We believe in promoting a sense of individual and collective identity, confidence, strength and support.
Our Peer Support training will cover:
  • What is Peer Support
  • Principals and practice
  • Peer Support in Action
  • Befriending, buddying and mentoring
Date: Thursday 12th July 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 8.00pm on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th July 2018,
Location: ONCA art gallery 14 St George’s Place, Brighton, BN1 4GB.
If for any reason you need advice to find the location on the day, please call the gallery on: 01273 607101 See MAP here.
You must be available to attend both sessions.
Please email to book your place admin@synergycreative.org.uk
You can also visit the Facebook event page here.
Chester PLUS peer support 
Article ImageChester Community Mental Health Support has existed in a number of forms in Chester since 1964. Their new focus is on being entirely service user run and led.
They offer Peer Support to those aged 18+ who are experiencing any level of mental health problem or distress, anyone who feels lonely or isolated and those who want to give their Well-Being a boost.They meet in a warm welcoming safe place in their new drop in. Anyone can go along, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat and spend sometime with people who may have or be experiencing similar issues. 
You can view their video about peer support here.
They currently open every Monday from 10am till 8pm
10am – 12pm Breakfast Club
12pm – 3pm Drop-in
3pm – 6pm Cookery Group
6pm – 8pm Support Group 
Visit the Chester Plus website for more information.
User-led mental health app needs your input 
Mental snapp
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. 
Mental Health Action Group (MHAG): Derbyshire 
Article ImageThe Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) is run by individuals who are current or ex-users of mental health services in Derbyshire across Derby City, Amber Valley, Erewash Valley & South Derbyshire. They are now primarily a campaigning group, led by service receivers in southern Derbyshire.
Wherever they feel that people with mental health problems are being treated with unfairness, discrimination or stigma, we will fight for their rights.
They meet every month, and anyone with an issue around mental health is welcome. MHAG has around 250 members
MHAG currently have two live campaigns:
What Does MHAG Do When Campaigning?
  • Writing to service providers, Chief Executives, Senior Offices & boards
  • Lobbying MPs, ministers & local councils
  • Establishing contacts in the media
  • Working in partnership with other stakeholder organisations
  • Carrying out surveys and questionnaires
  • Forming focus groups and working parties
  • Publishing progress in newsletters
  • Meeting with anyone, anywhere if we think we can influence the outcomes
  • Being persistent and not going away!
A Typical Campaign Timeline
  • Service users bring an important issue to one of our monthly meetings in Derby, Ilkeston, Ripley or Swadlincote
  • The issue is discussed and evidence heard
  • Those present then vote on whether any action should be taken, and how
  • The Group’s co-ordinators then take these instructions away and act on them, along with any of the group representatives who wish to be involved
  • The co-ordinators will then report back to subsequent monthly meetings with an update on progress. Those attending may then decide to take further measures
Find out more here.
Lifecraft in Cambridge 
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Lifecraft is a user-led organisation for adults in the Cambridge area who have experience of mental health difficulties. 
Lifecraft believes people who have experienced mental health difficulties are best placed to help others in the same position. Therefore all our services are user-led and are designed to promote recovery and empowerment.
Their have a range of creative activities, recovery groups, social activities and employment and volunteering opportunities.
They also have an Information Hub, a counselling service and Lifeline, a telephone helpline that runs 365 days a year.
To access Lifecraft's services (excluding Lifeline and the Suicide Bereavement Support Service) you need to become a member of Lifecraft. To find out more about becoming a Lifecraft member please visit our membership page or contact.
The Bridge Collective: Exeter 
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The Bridge Collective CIC is a democratic community of mutual support run by people who have experiences, beliefs, and feelings that have sometimes been labelled as mental illness.
People are welcome to talk about these experiences freely, safely and without judgement; The Bridge Collective is a place to participate in friendship, support, learning, teaching, discussion, being active, and making a valid contribution both within the collective and the wider community.
The next Thursday Open afternoon is Thursday 28 June.
Meeting hereFind about their activities and groups here.
Shaping Our Lives and Disability News Service team up 
Shaping our LivesShaping Our Lives has joined up with Disability News Service to bring you the latest news.
Please bookmark this page for news and archives put together for you.
Sharp rise of deaths of rough slepers with mental health needs 
rough sleeper
Research finds 80% of rough sleepers who died in London in 2017 had mental health needs
A research report published by the homeless charity St Mungo’s shows that four out of five (80%) rough sleepers who died in the capitol in 2017 had mental health needs, a huge increase from three in 10 (29%) in 2010.
You can read the review article and find the link to the full report here.
Opportunity to tender: Equality and Human Rights Commission 
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has just published a new tender opportunity to support civil society’s engagement with the UN Committee against Torture, in relation to the UK’s upcoming review under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The UK Government submitted its report detailing progress and challenges in implementing the Convention across the UK in November 2017. The EHRC is looking for a suitably experienced contractor(s) to lead civil society’s response from across England and Wales.
The main aims of this project are to:
  • raise stakeholders’ awareness of the Convention against Torture as an international human rights law instrument and influencing mechanism
  • engage and consult with civil society organisations working across different settings relevant to the Convention (e.g. in the context of prisons, policing, healthcare, education, hate crime, human trafficking, violence against women, etc) to collate their major concerns
  • produce a joint civil society report to submit to the Committee against Torture and inform their review of the UK
EHRC encourages proposals from a consortium of organisations that adopt a partnership approach.
Total value of the project : £42,000
Deadline for applications: Wednesday 25 July
MEAM approach - expression of interest 
MEAM approach
In November 2017, following a national Expression of Interest process, the MEAM coalition selected 23 local areas to join an expanded MEAM Approach network.
Due to new capacity in the MEAM team, they are now in a position to invite seven further areas to join the network in the autumn of 2018. 
For this round, MEAM are looking for new  Approach areas in the following regions: Greater Manchester, North East, Midlands, and the South.
For more information please visit this page
UNISON elects mental health nurse as president 
Mental Health Nurse gets elected UNISON presidentUNISON’s National Executive Council (NEC) has elected Gordon McKay, a mental health nurse from Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, as president at the union’s annual national conference in Brighton. 
Read more here
Reminder: previously shared news and events 
don't forget
Jobs and involvement opportunities
Pease bookmark this page for jobs and involvement opportunities that have been shared in previous bulletins and ae still open.
Mad In America's Mad studies webinars
On 06 July, Mad in America Continuing Education will kick off its Mad Studies webinar series
Mental health and human rights
The mental health hospital discharge toolkit for practitioners from the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) who are also running a summer school on Mental Health and Human Rights for advocates and practitioners working on mental health in East London.
You can book onto the sessions here.
BIHR are also hosting two sessions on A Human Rights Approach to Dementia Care for practitioners in Essex – you can book a place here.
Nominations still open for the Marsh Awards
The awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support. You can nominate until 31 July.
Mental Health in the news
mental health in the newsThe Guardian
Too many reality TV shows reinforce a view of women as prizes, to be collected like toys at a funfair. We must demand better, says lizzie Cernik
Delayed discharges are increasing in mental health, but this scandal will not be addressed by the forthcoming green paper, says Dadid Stephenson
The Independent
Illustrator and comedian Alec MacDonald creates illustrations that make him and other people laugh as a way to deal with his anxiety and depression.
BBC News
WHO: Gaming addiction 'a mental health condition'
Gaming addiction has been listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization, says the BBC
Full Facts
This factcheck is part of a roundup of BBC Question Time.
GOV.UK news 
Britain leads first ever European conference on veterans mental health
Ministers and senior military officials from six European countries have gathered in London to discuss mental health issues affecting veterans. 
Mental Health Act Review event
This afternoon meeting is organised and delivered by key figures involved in the Mental Health Act review and eminent psychiatrists. Attend to learn more about the Mental Health Act review and what it hopes to achieve. Receive an update on the progress of the review first hand from the Chair of the review, Professor Sir Simon Wessely and Vice Chair, Sir Mark Hedley.
Date: 3 July
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, LONDON W1G 0AE

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and join the discussion throughout the afternoon to share your views. 
For more information please click here
Open consultation: high security hospitals
This is a public consultation on the safety and security arrangements for the three high security psychiatric hospitals in England (Ashworth, Broadmoor and Rampton). Read more here
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