A fond farewell... but not goodbye!
After just over four years at NSUN, Naomi Good is moving on. Although we are incredibly sad we're also really pleased that she will be pursuing her joint passion - the arts and wellbeing. Naomi's role has spanned the breadth of NSUN's work, she has helped to strengthen our direct work with members, and introduced a range of creative approaches that have underpinned the development of innovative user-led projects and programmes such as the North East Creative Leadership Programme and the North West London 'Mad Alliance' programme. Naomi's commitment and generosity have been extraordinary and will be very
much missed. However, Naomi will still be in contact with NSUN so we look forward to working in collaboration in different ways.
We would like to extend both our sincere thanks and our very best wishes to Naomi and her future ventures. We can't quite say goodbye yet!
A note of huge thanks from Naomi – what sets NSUN apart
I feel very fortunate to have begun work for NSUN in 2012. Reflecting back now over 4 years later, the most sincere feelings are the hardest to express using words. Here goes: The experience has been truly transformative for me both personally and professionally. I have witnessed that transformation in countless others lives too.
In 2012, NSUN
was a National network with just over 2000 members and today there are over 5,000 members and over 6,000 followers on twitter. That growth has been very therapeutic to be part of. As more and more people have joined the mission to improve the circumstances for people surviving vulnerability and distress, discussions have grown far richer and of course diverse in perspective. The challenges have been how to harness and continue to fuel the diversity of viewpoints whilst channeling them into a strong and powerful voice for a manifesto of change but NSUN knows that you can’t get a harmony when every one sings the same note!
What is so distinctive?
NSUN continues to be the only England-wide organisation that is led by and for people with lived experience of emotional distress. I am very proud to be part of this movement rooted in activist history. NSUN celebrating its 10th year has recently been reviewing its future development and in the process reviewing the mission, vision and aims. I have also been lucky to be a part of that process. NSUN from my perspective can’t be simply seen as a network. Of course it is and a hugely powerful collective but I see NSUN as an increasingly connected and empowered community doing things differently and for themselves. For me personally NSUN can be symbolised by a compass supporting people to find their direction and follow their own new routes.
What sets NSUN apart
from any other organisation is the culture of the ‘personal’. Jacqui Dillon asserted that ‘personal is political’ and that is exactly what NSUN lives and breathes, supporting you in finding synergy between your personal and public world. By amplifying the personal and acknowledging experiential knowledge, people do not stand alone, they are stood alongside with NSUN.
NSUN turns wounds in to wisdom, suffering into a survival mission, which helps to feed your soul as you meet others along your journey. NSUN inspires and encourages by modeling a culture of leadership focusing always on self-efficacy, self-advocacy, self-belief and strength. What I love most about it is the people doing it by and for themselves and the ways in which it always does it differently, uniquely. NSUN defiantly holds up a mirror to mental
health support services to show how things can get better for all. It is truly unique.
Our lives are not more than a collection of stories and by being a part of NSUN, I have witnessed so many moving and powerful testimonies which has made my life all the richer and stronger. Thank you NSUN and a special mention to Sarah Yiannoullou, the Managing Director who has been a special energy, such a great inspiration, a model of resilience and given me so much strength over the years. Thank you.
For all these reasons it has been an incredibly difficult decision to leave my current role with NSUN to follow my interests in the Arts and Health field. Many of you will know I have a background in Fine Art. Although I am leaving I remain firmly connected to you huge community of inspiring
I look forward to seeing NSUN continue to grow!