NSUN Bulletin 30th July 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 30 July 2018
National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
NSUN Bulletin Monday 30 July 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 30 July edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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NSUN News 
#NSUNthrive10 campaign a success!
We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the people who have donated to the #NSUNthrive campaign that we launched two years ago. There has been an overwhelming response to our letter to members in February that warned of possible closure if funds were not secured. 
Our target was to raise £10,000 to celebrate 10 years since the 'Doing It For Ourselves' conference that launched the idea of NSUN. We exceeded our target and have raised over £16,000 via our Total Giving site
The donations will contribute to the continuation of the weekly ebulletin,  facilitation of and support for user and survivor led initiatives and the Survivor Researcher Network.
Other fundraising efforts have secured core fundig for this year and we are currently working on funding applications for 2019 and beyond.
Thank you again for all of your support! 
recovery space
The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute Recovery Space Campaign.
'campaigning for people experiencing a mental health crisis to be able to benefit from the proposed new ‘breathing space’ debt respite scheme’
NSUN was one of 23 national charities that supported the campaign.
You can find out about their recent research and call for action on the need for essential services like, banks, energy companies or internet providers to cater for those who have mental health problems here.
NSUN contributes to submission into CCG development
NSUN, along with other organisations and groups, has contributed to Submission into the development of North West London (NWL) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) 2018 Equality Objectives (EO).
You can download the submission in PDF here
Alternatives to detention/sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983 - can you help with suggestions?

Dorothy Gould is still taking suggestions as part of her work for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act.
Please click here for more information
Reigniting the SpaceReigniting the Space project steering group- recruitment 
The steering group has nine positions, six of which have been filled. 
We are in the process of recruiting more members from Yorkshire & Humber, East Midlands and the North East. 
In the first round of recruitment, we have representatives from East of England, London, North West, South East, South West and West Midlands.
The steering group members have extensive connections within their regions and interest and experience of addressing intersectional issues. They will act as regional links to the project and support and advice the project manager and the researchers on the project.
Please see Role Description for further details. To apply, please fill in the Application Form.
Closing date for applications: 12 noon, Friday 10 August 2018
Interviews: mid-August
Contact NSUN (info@nsun.org.uk)or Jayasree Kalathil (jayasree@survivor-research.com) for further information about the project and how to get involved.
Selected blogs 
jasna russoHow should we redirect research on psychiatric drugs? #PsychDrugDebate
Alison Faulkner analyses a paper by Jasna Russo, an independent survivor researcher based in Germany.

“Where I End And You Begin” #PsychDrugDebate
A personal commentary by Sarah Carr on Russo’s ‘Through the eyes of the observed’
Some of you may already know some of Jasna Russo's work. She co-edited 'Searching for a Rose Garden'
Jasna's Through the eyes of the observed: re-directing research on psychiatric drugs was launched last week and can be downloaded here, alongside other McPin Talking Point Papers.
Mental Health Policy Commission launches report 
Birmingham Uni
NSUN's Emma Ormerod submitted evidence to the Mental Health Policy Commission’s Call for Evidence, her input helped to shape the report.

The Commission launched “Investing in a Resilient Generation: Keys to a Mentally Prosperous Nation” in Westminster earlier this month.

You will find a copy of the report here 
For more information on the Commission and to watch a short animation about our recommendations, please visit this page
Plans for a free volunteer advocacy training course 
Mental health Advocacy training plannedNSUN member Wendy Micklewright is thinking of setting up a free volunteer advocacy training course, similar to one she attended years ago, which really helped her.
Wendy is considering the Richmond Library Space as location.
Before she embarks on working on the course, Wendy would like to know if you'd be interested in attending.
To let her know, please email Wendy
User Led Organisations (ULO) project in Hampshire 
ULO project HampshireDo you want to set up new groups? 
Are you...
  • A User Led Organisation
  • A Community group
  • An individual
This project works across Hampshire and provides:
  • Advice and guidance
  • Supporting and mentoring
  • Support and training
  • Helping groups to network and exchange ideas, experience and expertise
  • Signposting
  • Help with organising events
For more information please click here
The Dragon Cafe: Last Monday before summer break 
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Monday 30th July will be the last session before the Annual Break.
The programme Movement and Singing Together will include movement of body and voice, a local stroll with Jane in Walking-Works at 2 pm and then later try some Pilates at 5 pm.  Vivien will be leading Singing-Works at 1 pm and then in the evening will be Open Mic into the back room and leading into a Karaoke Party to end the month, and Dragon Season before our Annual Break in August. 
Find out more about the programme here.

The Dragon Café Annual Break: the Café will be closed until Monday 3rd September 2018. 
Closing date tomorrow for Service User Support/Carer Project Worker Post 
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North London Social Work Teaching Partnership (NLSWTP) is funding a Service User Support/Carer Project Worker Post.
£31,210 a year
This role will be responsible for assisting Middlesex University’s long-standing service user representation group, involve@mdx, in increasing their membership of service users/carers and in coordinating service user involvement across the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership (NLSWTP) and the Department of Mental Health and Social Work at Middlesex University. 
Find out more here.
The closing date for applications: Tuesday 31 July 2018.
Job opportunity at Rethink (Vauxhall London) 
RethinkSenior Children & Young People's Officer
Closing date: 01/08/2018
Salary (pro rata): £28,088 to £30,265 (Plus Inner London Weighting £3,285)
Hours: 37.5
Location: Vauxhall, London (you will be employed by Rethink Mental Illness)
Contract : Fixed term until March 2020
If you have experience of
  • project management
  • training young people
  • online commnunications design / delivery
  • understanding of the child and adolescent mental health system 
Then take a look here for a role description and how to apply.
PAID Peer Mentor and Peer Support roles 
Advocacy project
The Advocacy Project in Hackney is looking for Mental Health Peer Mentors:
  • Are you over 18 and live in either Hackney or City of London?
  • Have you experienced mental illness?
  • Would you like to provide practical and emotional support for someone who has also experienced mental distress?
  • Do you want to empower people and support them to have a voice?
The Advocacy Project is also looking for people who would like emotional and practical support from a mentor.

For more details please contact Sophie Hudson by email sophie@advocacyproject.org.uk or telephone 07934298719
Second Step is a mental health charity in the South West offering housing, support and hope to thousands of people with mental health and other problems..
Peer Support Worker
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £20,572 to £22,488
Location: The Greenway Centre, Southmead, Bristol
The candidate will work collaboratively with the service user and mental health professionals to navigate and coordinate services, both social and clinical interventions, into community resources building resilience and improving wellbeing.
Closing date: Open ended
Email admin@second-step.co.uk or telephone 0117 909 6630
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has successfully been awarded the contract to deliver Liaison & Diversion Services across the Thames Valley. As part of this contract we are required to create a co-produced peer support service made up in part of those who have the lived experience of criminaljustice
Salary: £33,222 to £43,041 per annum
Closing Date: 02/08/2018
For further information contact Joseph Franks, telephone 01189551243, email Joseph.Franks@berkshire.nhs.uk
Peer Support Workers Salary: £17,787 - £20,448 per annum pro rata for part time Fixed Term Contract to December 2019
Part time: There is flexibility in relation to number of hours per week.
Salary: £17,787 - £20,448 per annum pro rata for part time
Closing date: 09/08/2018
For further information about the role or if you are unable to apply online / require support to apply for these posts, please contact Neville Drysdale on 07866 791004 or Raza Ahmed on 07794 193654
Early Intervention in Psychosis Network (EIPN): Peer Review team recruitment 
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The Early Intervention in Psychosis Network (EIPN) is currently looking for service users and carer representatives for their peer-review teams.
Payment: £100 per full day and £50 per half day. The project will cover reasonable travel/accomodation expenses within the RCPsych policy.
EIPN is a quality improvement and accreditation project that works with early intervention in psychosis (EIP) services all around the UK. The views, ideas, skills and experience of people who have used EIP services are vital for our quality improvement work.
EIPN takes EIP teams through a supportive process of self- and peer-review to assess how the service is performing against an agreed set of quality standards. The self-review involves completion of a team checklist and gathering of feedback from service users, family, friends and carers, partner agencies and EIP staff. The peer-review visit takes place over a whole day and involves verifying the self-review data, considering the service in its unique context and exchanging information about best practice. EIP teams taking part in the EIPN are encouraged to use the results of their self- and peer-reviews to improve the care and support they provide to patients and carers. 
Visit the website information about the Early Intervention in Psychosis Network. 
For informal enquiries and to obtain an application pack, please contact the EIPN project team on EIPN@rcpsych.ac.uk.
Help shape a new national research programme on ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness in the UK 
The first national online survey of its kind to give members of the public the opportunity to set the research priorities in the field of ethnic inequalities and severe mental illness has just been launched. 
Led by the Synergi Collaborative Centre, the national public survey will shape the centre’s future work programme, facilitate the creation of research strategies to tackle mental health inequalities and help launch a national campaign to transform health systems.
Reflective of Synergi’s co-production of knowledge approach, the 15-minute survey aims to secure the opinions of a wide cross section of the publicincluding patients, carers, health and social care practitioners, commissioners, NGOs, volunteers and students.
The survey is being launched against a backdrop of longstanding ethnic inequalities, including the fact that compared to the majority population, a diagnosis of schizophrenia is five to six times more likely in Black African people and Black Caribbean people, and nearly three times more likely in South Asian people. As for detention rates among the civil population, Black Caribbean people and Black African people are three times more likely to be detained.
Open to the public until 10 October 2018, the survey covers a wide range of topics that accommodate intersectionality, the criminal justice system, housing, education, homelessness, health services, racism and commissioning.
The main findings will be shared with policymakers, research institutions and commissioners, and will be made available to the public from November 2018. 
Click here for the official link to the National Public Survey on Ethnic Inequalities and Severe Mental Illness.
Places of Safety Lived Experience Research 
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Please help to improve the service and environment at Places of Safety in North West London
The NHS is planning improvements to the service and environment at Places of Safety across the eight North West London boroughs (Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster).
The police can use the law (sections 136/135 of the Mental Health Act) to take people from a public/private place to a Place of Safety if they seem to be unwell and in need of care. At the Place of Safety mental health staff can assess a person’s needs and work out the best next steps for them.
We need to know from people with direct experience of Places of Safety (s136/5) in North West London what they think is most important to meet people’s needs in future.
What can you do?
  • If you have direct experience please consider giving your time to take the survey (below).
  • If you know someone with this experience, please let them know about the survey.
  • If you would like to arrange to take the survey in a person-to-person meeting or over the phone, please contact: samantha.holmes@rethink.org
Here is the link to take the survey online:
Petition: fund facilities for people who feel suicidal 
portcullisFund facilities for people who feel suicidal so they always have somewhere to go

Often people who feel suicidal are discharged from mental health services, against their will. This can gravely increase the risk to their lives and causes needless deaths. No one who feels suicidal and asks for help should be turned away.
To sign this petition please click here
The deadline is 24 November - please share this as it has to garner 10,000 signatures to get any response at all from the government.
Reminder: previously shared news and events 
don't forget
Nominations still open for the Marsh Awards
The awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support. You can nominate until 31 July.
User-led mental health app needs your input
Mental Snapp, a user led mental health app, is doing some research on user preferences to co-design their marketing. It would be great if you could take part in this 60 second survey and leave your email address for a chance to take part in a research phone call - there will be a £10 Amazon voucher to thank you for your time if you get selected for the phone call. Here is the survey - don’t think about it hard, just give the team a gut reaction to these four photos. 
GOV.UK news
Mental Health Act Review - August workshops
The review will be running three workshops during August to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far, on potential options for change and on what those options might result in for service users and professionals.
The feedback gathered from attendees will help inform the review’s final recommendations that will be published later in the year. The review’s aim is to bring together interested parties of all types, but we are particularly committed to capturing the views and expertise of service users, carers and professionals with direct experience of the Mental Health Act.

The workshops will run from 9.30am-1pm
Reasonable expenses and adjustments can be provided for those attending in a service user or carer capacity.
Places are limited to 100 per event.
For more information and to register, please visit:
People with hidden disabilities to benefit from Blue Badges 
People with hidden disabilities, including autism and mental health conditions will soon have access to Blue Badges, removing the barriers many face to travel. The changes follow an 8-week consultation and are part of the government’s drive for greater parity between physical and mental health conditions. Read more here.
Health Secretary news
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