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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org(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.
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
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
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.
Healthy Minds Calderdale: support groups & radio show
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.
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
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.
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
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
Do 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).
PhD research - transition between Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services and Adult Mental Health Services
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.