NSUN response to Mental Health Act survey report
The Mental Health Alliance
published a report of the findings
from the Mental Health Act. As a member of the Mental Health Alliance, NSUN welcomed the possibility of research that was designed to gather views on the principles of the Mental Health Act from those who use mental health services, are a family member, or carer or a mental health professional.
This is particularly important following Theresa May’s announcement of her intention to reform the Mental Health Act. Whilst NSUN supported the need for a Mental Health Act survey we are unable to endorse the Mental Health Alliance report for a range of reasons. Read more
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.
NSUN website to undergo transformation
Our website is about to be re-designed. We'd like to have your thoughts on which contents you'd like us to preserve.
Can you contact us
with your favourite website 'must have's' , quoting 'new website' as your email subject? Thank you very much in advance, your help is appreciated.
I lost my friend to suicide
-In universities, student suicides are increasing and student support services are becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of their students and are taking action to prevent such a tragedy within their student community.
Support NSUN as you shop online
We are a registered cause on the Giving Machine site. This means people can choose to raise money for us when they shop online. Simply click on the
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.
The Queen's Speech 2017
My Government will reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the National Health Service in England.'
Last week the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s agenda for the coming session. This included the statement above which appears to commit to working
‘towards a new Mental Health Act’, with a review of the current legislation and the implementation of the Act on the ground, rather than the rumoured Mental Health Treatment Bill.
We see this as an opportunity to strongly advocate for a rights-based Mental Health Act and investment above and beyond NHS provided services. The voluntary sector and local authorities need to be sufficiently resourced to support people and respond to a whole range of issues that negatively impact on the wellbeing of communities.
Help produce guidance for talking therapy professionals
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
NSUN Member's Campaign
Manchester Users Network (MUN) have been collecting evidence on the affect the 'Shifting Care' (or better know as 'Stepping Down') policy is having on people across Manchester. This is when people are 'stepped down' from secondary care back to primary care without clear criteria or consultation. MUN are asking local MPS to raise the issues in parliament and commissioners to review this policy based on the evidence they have
gathered so far. People are being left without essential support and are at increased risk of re-admission to in-patient settings. MUN is campaigning for an appeals process to be instated to allow people to challenge potentially harmful decisions.
NSUN has written a letter of support that you can read here.
Please let us know if it is helpful or if you would like a similar letter to use in your area.
If you have similar experiences to share please get in touch with us.
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.
Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin
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.
is launching a campaign called SPEAK UP for advocacy and to inform the campaign we're asking the advocacy sector to complete a short online survey. OPAAL is a charity funded to promote and develop independent advocacy services for new and existing advocacy service providers for older people.
Advocacy Action Alliance
has been supported by the Mental Health Foundation and are currently in transition. Their mission is to bring together advocacy organisations and others across England and Wales to ensure that people have access to high-quality independent advocacy to support them in tackling social injustice, exclusion and inequality.
For more information email Sharon Cullerton.
Goodbye from Wellbeing Our Way
Over the last three years, Wellbeing Our Way (WOW)
has used a communities of practice approach to bring together charities, community organisations and individuals. WOW worked to develop culture and practice to enable people with health needs to live well, in ways that matter to them.
As Wellbeing Our Way comes to a close, Natalie Koussa has reflected on what has been achieved and the learning. This has been reflected in our impact report and others have been used to inform our learning paper.
The Health Foundation provided funding for Wellbeing Our Way.
As a member of the Steering Group, we would like to extend our thanks and warm wishes to Natalie for the future.
Exploring the case for truth and reconciliation in psychiatry
The purpose of this paper by Helen Spandler (pictured) is to explore the case for a truth and reconciliation (T&R) process in the context of mental health services. The approach is a conceptual review of T&R approaches a consideration of why they are important and how
The paper is available in PDF here
Time to Change looking for Community Equalities Coordinators, London and West Midlands
Part of Time to Change's Community Leadership Team, the role involves training and working with people with experience of mental health problems from a diverse range of communities who have experienced stigma and discrimination. You will work alongside them to establish their own peer-led campaigning groups and deliver anti-stigma activities locally. You will also be responsible for the ongoing relationship building and supporting strategic partnerships with relevant local stakeholders to create ‘hubs’ that will embed Time to Change as a sustainable
campaign within local areas.
This role would suit someone who is a self- starter with bags of initiative and comfortable working on their own with minimal support. Good at networking and a team player you must have your own lived experience of mental health problems to apply for this post.
Closing Date for both positions is 12:00 (noon), 14 July
The interview date for the London role will be the 15 and 16 August
The interview date for the West Midlands role will be the 15 and 16 August
To apply, please visit here
Take part in research on personality traits and suicidality
A team of researchers are interested in the personality styles in adults who have previously attempted suicide. Previous research has shown that adults with a diagnosis of autism are at higher risk of suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts.
Researchers are interested to find out whether personality styles that are associated with autism are also related to the likelihood of experiencing suicidality.
To know more about this research and take part, please visit this page
To Celebrate the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships
Artist Michelle Baharier: .....and the Artist group Vision with Action for Children lead by Artist Sarah Hughes have created Murals
Date: 25th June-23rd July
Location: Shoreditch Art wall 17-19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2
Join the group for a private view @ The Hoxton, Shoreditch 81 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HU Friday 30 June 2017, 7-9pm
Weaving the web
The ‘Weaving the Web’ project aims to develop a range of online services that will work with existing Rape Crisis services, in order to
- Reduce waiting times for support
- Make it it easier for women and girls who can't get face-to-face services at the moment to get support.
- Help more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME), Lesbians, Bi and Trans
(LBT) and Disabled women and girl survivors to get support
To help the project develop its online services, Rape Crisis England and Wales are running a survey, which closes at Midnight, 30 June. You can access it
Rape Crisis England & Wales are seeking a like-minded organisation to work with to build an online platform from which specialist services for women and girl survivors of sexual violence will be delivered.
Click here for details.
The tender process will include a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ) which may be followed by an invitation to tender for applicants who are shortlisted. The
deadline for submission of the PQQ is Friday 4th August 2017 at 12:00. Applicants who are shortlisted to tender will be informed by Friday 11th August 2017. The deadline for submission of tender applications is 12:00 Monday 4th September 2017. Shortlisted tender applicants will be invited to attend an evaluation panel meeting in Leeds during the week commencing Monday 11th September 2017.
For further information or to request a copy of the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental health app needs testers
Mental Snapp is a video diary app developed by and for people actively managing their mental health. You can record two minute clips, rate your mood and tag your feelings - to make the videos searchable. You can see overviews of your mood and dive into the detail. Mental Snapp is free to use.
Mental Snapp is being independently evaluated by London Southbank University and the develpers need YOU to test the app and tell them what you think.
Download the app from the App Store and Google Play and click this link to leave your email address: https://goo.gl/forms/wIF5TOVIi0dUYuoe2. The Mental Snapp team will be in touch. Thank you, they can’t do it without you.
Coming up: National co-production week
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are running the National Co-Production Week between 3 and 7 July.
will celebrate the benefits of co-production, share good practice and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers to developing better public services.
NSUN will be at the Second Annual Co-production Festival on 5 July in London featuring the well-known comedian Francesca Martinez. The festival is for members of SCIE's Co-production Network but there are a very limited number of places for guests (contact SCIE if you are interested)
For more about co-production week, please visit the dedicated page