NSUN Bulletin 2nd Oct 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 11th September 2017
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Monday 02 October 2017
 
Dear Viewpoint
 
Welcome to this week's bulletin. We will be launching the new website this week so please bear with us. We will be updating content over the next month.
 
NSUN news
 
AGM in Sheffield on 27 september
Thank you for traveling to the AGM on Wdnesday 27 September. We missed those of you who could not make it to Shefield and hope you could follow on Twitter. We are going through the mterials produced at the event and will share as soon as possible.
 
Work on the new website
We apologise for not being able to launch the new website during the week. Materials are still being uploaded and technical glitches are still being fixed.
 
Creating a service user network response to benefit reforms
Roy Bard, a long-term campaigner on issues relating to welfare reforms and Mental Health is 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.
Please contact Roy with your benefits concerns, ideas and experiences by emailing info@nsun.org.uk (please put 'benefits' in the subject headline) or by ringing Roy on 0207 820 8982 in the office on Thursday afternoons between 1pm and 3pm.
 
Selected blogs
 
Tributes to Matt Stevenson, a regular contributor to Mad In America and a supporter of 'Drop the Disorder'. Matt's blog, BPD Transformation, told of the trauma he's suffered as a child and of the views he developed following involuntary hospitalisation. Matt sadly left us this September.
 
Robert Whitaker wrote 'In Memoriam' published on Mad In America
Gary Sidley and Jo Watson wrote 'Tribute to Matt' published on Drop the Disorder
 
 
non NSUN material in the e-bulletin
 
Below NSUN news, features which are not ran by us.

Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox. Sharing is not endorsing
 
Mental Health Act debate
 
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London
16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
 
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement '‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
 
You can attend for free. Registration is open here
 
International peer support taining in November
early bird rate for this training expires on 5 October
International Peer Support
 
Dates: Nov 13 2017 - Fri Nov 17
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Venue: The Tomlinson Centre, Queensbridge Road, London E8 3ND

Steven Morgan, Carol Jacques & Fiona Denton deliver this Core Training is a 5-day introduction to the IPS framework and is designed to have you practicing right away. In a highly interactive environment, participants learn the tasks and principles of IPS, examine assumptions about who they are, and explore ways to create mutual relationships in which power is negotiated, co-learning is possible, and support goes beyond traditional notions of “service.”
 
The fee is (sadly) very steep at £600 for early bird tieckets and £700 for regular places.
Registration is open here
 
Healthy Minds Calderdale: support groups & radio show
 
Healthy Minds Healthy Minds Support Groups are for anyone who is experiencing mental distress.  People are free to talk about their own mental health - or not: the support group gives space to make that choice.  The groups are informal and relaxed.  They are 'peer support' groups (meaning people get support from each other), not therapy groups, although, for some, they may have a therapeutic benefit.
 
Groups are generally held fortnightly in community venues across Calderdale.
 
For more information please take a look here
 
The Healthy Minds Radio Show is broadcast on the last Monday of every month from 9am on Phoenix Radio 96.7 FM & online.

Catch up with interviews on previous shows here.
 
Healthwatch Sheffield publish learning disabilities report 2017
 
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Healthwatch Sheffield chose Learning Disability as a priority area to focus on, and sought to explore the experience of those with a learning disability as they accessed doctors, opticians, chemists, hospital, and social care services.
 
The report contains:
    Executive summary
    Key findings
    Recommendations
    Background to the research
    Detailed findings
    Health care services
    Social care services
    Other question
 
You can download the pdf here
 
 
 
Three co-design workshops
 
Article Image Bidean and CW+ invite you to a series of three workshops to improve the mental health assessment room at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.

Bidean, a social enterprise that generates concepts to support well-being and recovery by co-designing with those who are experiencing mental distress is working in partnership with CW+ the charity for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to involve people in enhancing the care environment.

No experience is necessary, if you are interested please contact sara@bidean.co.uk

The first workshop is on Friday 6th October at 2pm at SMART, 15 Gertrude St, Chelsea London SW10 0JN
 
MindTech mental health symposium: digital technology in practice
 
Article Image Date: 7 December 2017     
Venue: Royal College of Physicians, London

This event aims to bring together leaders in clinical practice, patient experience, academic research, industry and technology development to address the key challenges in realising the potential of digital technologies in mental healthcare.

The symposium will include presentations from nationally recognised experts in the field of Mental Health & Technology, as well as demonstrations of technology and apps to support mental healthcare.
      
Registration for the event is open now and early bird booking rates apply until 27 October
 
for more information please visit this page
 
Hearing voices consultation workshops
 
Article ImageDo you hear voices, or support someone who does? Have you ever searched online in the hope of finding good quality information about voice-hearing and different support options?
 
Hearing the Voice at Durham University, in collaboration with Rai Waddingham, are running a series of consultation workshops and online survey to help develop a new web resource for people who hear voices and their supporters.
 
The workshops are running in Bradford (1-3pm, 5 October), London (2.30 -5pm, 6 October) and Newcastle (1-3pm, 12 October).
 
Register for workshops: http://tinyurl.com/htv-consultation (reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed).
 
PhD research - transition between Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and Adult Mental Health Services
 
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Kate Massey-Chase is a researcher at the University of Exeter. Kate is designing a Drama project to support young people who are going through the transition from child to adult mental health services. 
She has some short surveys that will help with this project. The answers will be used anonymously (there is more information at the start of each questionnaire).
As you can see from below, Kate is looking for people to participate who have been service users, parents/carers of young people and professional who work in children’s and/or adults' mental health services.  
 
Service users' questionnaire
 
Parents/carers of young people who have been through this transition:
 
Professionals
 
If you have any questions, please contact Kate at km532@exeter.ac.uk
 
Mental health in the news
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Over 55s unlikely to be receive talking therapies say Mental Health today
 
Mental health walk 'out of darkness' takes place in Somerset
 
 
Other public services may have a lot to learn from Cinderella concludes a delegate inspired by IAPT connect
 
 
Elvis pays tribute at Barry Island to raise awareness of mental health
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GOV.UK news
 
World Alzheimer's Day:could we create a world without dementia?
Jeremy Hunt discusses what the UK is doing in the fight against dementia, and the importance of partnership.
 
Government extends suspension of minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector
Exceptional measures announced in July will remain in place until guidelines on a new approach are outlined next month.
 
New Deputy Chief Medical Officer appointed
The Department of Health has confirmed the appointment of Professor Jonathan Van-Tam as the new Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.

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