Only a few places left - NSUN Members' event and AGM
Wednesday 27 September 2017
10.30am – 4.30pm
An event where you can:
Connect with others from around the country – and stay connected
Share what’s happening with local user led groups
Agree what issues and messages need amplifying at a national level
This year we’re in Sheffield at the SHOWROOM WORKSTATION
15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
Watch some of our previous member 'Soap Boxes' here.
There are a few delegates places available, as well as 8 stalls and 12 soapboxes
If you'd like a stall or if you wish to express your views in a soapbox, please
Telephone 020 7820 8982 or email
If you prefer to book your delegate place online, here is the web registration link.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Broken Compass – Personal reflections on control, meaning and choice in mental health - David Gilbert
questions where control lies in a blog written in hope to help others
Counselling helped me to exorcise traumas lingering deep in unarticulated emotions - Mark Brown candidly and sensitively explains how 12 sessions helped him reconnect with himself
The concept of schizophrenia is dying
says Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology, Trinity College Dublin
Service user perspectives on coercion and restraint in mental health
Following NSUN's small pilot study (2016) about experiences of restraint, Emma Ormerod and Naomi Good of NSUN wrote an article in collaboration with Diana Rose and Sarah Rae. The aricle concludes that
'From the perspective of service users, coercion and restraint are mostly harmful and must stop being legitimised. There is an urgent need to challenge and address these practices as they represent gross human rights violations according to the stipulations of the CRPD. 'Read the full article
All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence
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.
We are very grateful for your APPG related contributions so far - please keep your emails coming.
NSUN response to Mental Health Act survey report
Mental Health Alliance published a report of the findings
from the Mental Health Act survey in July. Read NSUN's full response here.
Support NSUN as you shop online
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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.
Universal Credit needs Universal Resistance
31 MPs have called
for a delay in the implementation of Universal Credit to avoid hardship for claimants over the Christmas period. In their letter, they note that “There are also issues around the removal of the severe disability premium, which leaves many disabled people in a precarious position”. This is yet another of these shock announcements that makes the NSUN manifesto aim to “Address the injustice and harm that have been caused by cuts to public funding and changes to the benefits system”
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health will be spending time with NSUN to help develop a service user, network wide response to the benefits reforms which are undermining the recovery journey for so many people with severe and enduring Mental Issues.
We are keen to hear about active campaigns against the welfare reforms within the NSUN network, any ideas that people might have for building campaigns to resist these draconian measures, and any personal experiences which our members have of claiming Universal Credit with a Mental Health issue.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Roy in the movie “Psychocompulsion” (https://vimeo.com/157125824) which explores how welfare reforms are being used in an attempt to change our thinking.
Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing email@example.com (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing him on 0207 820 8920 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
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.
UN accuses UK government of causing a human catastrophe
This week, representatives of disability organisations such as DPAC have been giving evidence to the UNCRPD in Geneva. Their testimonies were needed for an on-going investigation into welfare cuts amounting to violations of Human Rights.
NSUN contributed to the report submitted by the UK Independent Mechanism (UKIM) ahead of the examination.
Please find links to report as follows:
Both the report and testimonies led the UNCRPD to condemn the UK government for its failure to implement the UN disability convention. Given he evidence, the committee was “deeply concerned” that the UK government still believed it was a “champion of human rights”.
The committee’s chair, Theresia Degener, told the UK government’s delegation that its cuts to social security and other support for disabled people had caused
“a human catastrophe”, which was “totally neglecting the vulnerable situation people with disabilities find themselves in”.
This is not the first time that the UN slams the United Kingdom's government policies. Over two years ago, a the first ever investigation into breaches in the rights of people with disabilities began, prompted by DPAC contacting the UN.
This led to the UN publishing a first highly critical report and associated recommendations. The UK government did not publicise the report and rejected the UN's views and recommendations. We informed you about these developments, and the disability activists reaction, in this
As soon as we hear about DPAC blowing the whistle on the dangerous consequences of austerity cuts, we started following the developments of the UN inquiry with an interest that led to our involvement in the recent Universal Peer Review
and in the UKIM report which was submitted to the UNCRPD in Geneva.
Already heartened by the UN's first report last year, disability activists who presented in Geneva this week said that the UN's reaction proves that disabled people and their concerns can
no longer be ignored
The UN's critical reaction to the UK government's policies this week were reported on by the media and British associations:
Austerity, Brexit and equal protections across the UK
Dr Iris Elliot, Head of Policy and Research at the mental Health Foundation, shares her blog on the UN Disability Committee's scrutiny of the UK's record on the rights of people with disabilities.
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and the general info mailbox.
Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.
What are your experiences of mental health services?
The Big Mental Health Survey
is a major new research project to understand people’s experiences of mental health support provided by primary care (for example, a GP or pharmacist) and voluntary organisations.
The survey is open to anyone aged over 16 who has used, or tried to use, mental health services in the last 12 months. Mind is working with the Picker Institute (an independent research charity) to conduct the survey. However, you do not need to have used Mind services to take part.
You can share your experience online. You can also request a paper copy or survey in a different format (e.g. large print) by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org or writing to Research Team, Mind, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London E15 4BQ.
The survey closes at the end of September 2017 and results of the research will shared later in the year.
Workshop in North Shields: what improves your mental health?
- 12 September, 1:30pm
- Tynemouth Fire Station, Preston Rd N, North Shields NE29 9PY, UK
Launchpad North Tyneside is collaborating with Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust to deliver a
workshop on formulation.
Mental health services are being encouraged to use formulation more as a way of understanding mental health difficulties and we wanted to provide an opportunity for you to understand more about what this means and what to expect.
Places are limited, please get in touch if you would like more information or to book your place via email@example.com
CHANGES is a user-led mental health charity based in Staffordshire, providing a unique recovery service to those in mental distress, based on users attending weekly mutual help groups.
For servies, workshops and locations please visit Changes's website
Mad In the UK to launch this Autumn
MITUK’s mission is to serve as a catalyst for fundamentally re-thinking theory and practice in the field of mental health in the UK, and promoting positive change.
Please keep an eye on the website
and on the Twitter account @MITUKteam
Mental Health North East (MHNE) is a unique network of member organisations, formed in 2005 to promote joint working and partnership across the not for profit mental health sector in the North East of England.
BECON (Black Minority Ethnic Community Organisations Network) is the regional infrastructure organisation for the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) voluntary and community sector in the North East of England.
Lambeth Mosaic Clubhouse builds on the recognition of its model of support
Mosaic Clubhouse provides support and opportunities to people living with a mental health condition, plus information and signposting for the wider Lambeth community who may be concerned about their own or others mental health.
Following the recognition of its model o support the Clubhouse plans to grow more clubhouses in the UK
. you can also read about their current endeavours
Service user involvement worker needed at Together
- Salary: £20,452.50 + £3,630 geographical allowance pro rata
- Hours: 22.5 - 30 per week (negotiable)
- Location: Old Street, EC1V 9BE (negotiable - geographical allowance will be based on location)
Working alongside the Service User Involvement Manager, you will work with
staff and service users to implement best practice around service user involvement. Successful applicants must have personal experience of using mental health services and be able to provide guidance and support to both staff and service users across a range of our services and departments. This will mean traveling to some of Together's services and working alongside a broad and diverse range of people.
For more information and to apply please visit this page
Vacancy with Mind in London: equality improvement manager
- Closing date: 01/09/2017
- Interview Date: 11/09/2017
- Salary: £36,305 (Basic Salary) + £3,120 London weighting.
- Hours: Full time hours 35 hours per week;
- Location: Based in Stratford, London.
- Contract : Permanent
As an Equality Improvement Manager, you will lead on the delivery of programmes that support the mental health of marginalised groups; those who experience additional discrimination that impacts on the quality of mental health services they receive (e.g. people with disabilities, racialised groups, LGBTQ people). This will involve developing partnerships with community-based organisations and local networks, generating targeted resources, and proactively engaging people with direct experience of mental health problems in the development and delivery of projects.
For more information about the role and to apply, please visit
Training for grassroots activists
Are you an activist wanting to run powerful campaigns?
If you campaign on the frontlines of a pressing social issue, Campaign Bootcamp is for you: Apply here.
Aethos training programmes
Aethos Training was created when Natalie Tobert was offering mental health promotion events with African, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Aethos training programmes are a step towards reducing social inequalities. The training seminars explore cultural, religious and spiritual explanation for diagnosis of illness, and strategies for treatment. They acknowledge the current dilemma in the field of mental health, around interpretation of symptoms, and support staff working with a client’s spiritual and religious beliefs. Read more
Guidance: NHS funds health on trust
for NHS bodies on the acceptance, management and transfer of charitable funds.
Open consultation: Information about health service products: proposed requirements
The government is seeking views on draft requirements for the provision of information related to the sales and purchases of health service products. consultation closes on 4 November.