NSUN Bulletin 4th Dec 2017

NSUN Bulletin Monday 4 December - social Justice, jobs and coping with the festive season
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Monday 4 December 2017
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Dear Viewpoint
This week we have features concerning social justice and human rights. There are also a number of job opportunities and features about coping with the festive season.
Sini Lewis
NSUN news 
NSUN supports Seni's Law
NSUN supports legislative changes which would lead to mental health hospital ward staff to manage risk in a way that protects all, whilst still promoting dignity and respect. These changes are known as 'Seni's Law', from a young man who sadly died as a consequence of face down restraint. We signed an open letter to the press when 'Seni's Law' was being discussed in Parliament in October. You can find out more about this on the dedicated website here.
Survivor History Group 
Last Wednesday, NSUN's Stephanie Taylor King chaired the meeting of the Survivor History Group in Weseley's Chapel in Old St, London. The meeting was really well attended, numbers demonstrating the strength of the group. Next year will be challenging for the Survivor History Group as it has to find new ways to bring survivor historians together.
Human Rights Alliance and Repeal Bill Alliance
NSUN is  member of both Alliances, which follow the progress in legislative changes and attempt to ensure fundamental rights we currently have are not lost. The Human Rights Alliance is coordinated by the British Institute of Human RightsThe Repeal Bill Alliance is a hub with a website which you can visit here.
Article ImagePrincipled Ways of Working event 
Sarah Yiannoullou from NSUN, chaired the 'Principles Ways of Working' conference' 30.11.17.
The day set out to explore some of the issues around peer support 10 years on from peer worker roles being established in the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
David Crepaz-Keay, from the Mental Health Foundation, delivered a powerful presentation on the nature of the 'peer relationship' and 'power'.
Workshops provided an opportunity for participants to discuss some of the issues in more depth and highlight priorities that will shape a plan to build positively on the work of the last 10 years.
Selected blogs 
Stop Shock Now: Psychiatry’s War Against Women and the Elderly - Don Weitz dedicates this blog 'to all electroshock and psychiatric survivors' 
Real People, Real Side Effects: Stories of Sexual Dysfunction - Research shows that psychiatric drugs seem to have an impact on libido says Jhilmil Breckenridge
EHRC and Mind to intervene in disability discrimination case concerning PIP Regulations 
A communication by the Public Law Project
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and Mind have been granted permission to intervene in support of a High Court case brought by our client, RF.
RF’s case concerns rules introduced by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in February 2017. The new rules mean it is much harder for those with severe and enduring conditions, which include psychological distress, to get certain Personal Independent Payment (PIP) awards in comparison to other conditions or disabilities.  The case contends that the new rules are unfair and discriminatory.
Sara Lomri, RF’s solicitor, comments:
Both the EHRC and Mind have extensive experience working with people who have experienced discrimination on the basis of mental ill health and will provide valuable guidance to the court.  Our client is heartened that both organisations recognise the negative impact that the discriminatory PIP regulations have on those with mental health impairments, and that they are supporting her claim, in addition to those organisations such as The National Autistic Society and Disability Rights UK who have also written in support.
PIP was introduced in 2013 as a replacement for the Disability Living Allowance and aimed to provide an essential lifeline for people with disabilities to support their higher costs of living, as well as a 20% costs saving to HM Treasury as part of the broader austerity cuts.  Many affected individuals and campaigners have been raising their concerns about the unfairness in the PIP framework. In August 2017 the UN Committee on the Rights of People with Disability raised concerns about the impact of austerity measures resulting in severe economic constraints on those with disabilities and their families, including increased reliance on food banks. Specifically, the Committee recommended that the Government repeal these PIP regulations, but the Government did not act. In this context, our client felt she had no option but to challenge this very unfair system using the courts.  She hopes that the support from EHRC and Mind and others will help her to get the unfair Regulations quashed.
The ‘rolled-up’ permission and substantive hearing will be held in the High Court, Royal Courts of Justice (RCJ), London on 12 and 13 December. There is an anonymity order in place protecting the Claimant.  Further enquiries should be made to o.persey@publiclawproject.org.uk
How do you cope with Christmas? 
Xmas blues
A BBC team is looking to make three films about coping with the christmas period.
The team would like to know whether you'd like to discuss:

1. How to get through the office christmas party if you're feeling anxious/ down / unwell. People who have coping tips specific to their own mental health. What can you do to take the pressure off yourself, to make it easier? What should you avoid? Are there clever tricks or tips?

2. Experiences of sensory overload because of a mental illness: do you find the noise, colour and social aspects of Christmas difficult? Particularly the Christmas shop. How do you cope?

3. Depression or loneliness at new year. Big moments in the year can feel more difficult when you're unwell or alone. The team is looking to speak to people who be experiencing this at new year and talk to them about how they plan to spend it. The team is hoping for the film to be in someway uplifting - perhaps people who relish the peace or who have found a way to meet new people at new years.
The BBC team is keen to hear from you this week (early December).
For an initial conversation, please contact:
india.rakusen@bbc.co.uk  02036140978 
If you end up agreeing on being filmed, the team would travel to a location of your convenience.
Mental health art on etsy 
Survivor art Rachel Rowan Olive makes provocative, topical, art.
Rachel says 'I'm a member of Studio Upstairs, a community of artists in North London with experience of mental health problems. I started drawing three years ago after a breakdown - now it's how I make sense of the world. I draw about mental health, politics, and the intersection between the two. Also animals.'
Visit her etsy shop here.
Help fund design concepts that support wellbeing and recovery 
Bidean has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to produce products for wellbeing that have been co-designed in their workshops.
Bidean is a social enterprise that collaborates with people using mental health services to generate design concepts that support wellbeing and recovery. So far they have worked with clients from INUF, Islington Mind, Dragon Cafe, Homerton Hospital, Depression Alliance and Kensington and Chelsea Mind, and their network continues to grow. They are now raising money for the production of a few of these products for others to enjoy.
Co-ordinator of Service User and Carer Involvement 
Sussses Partnership NHS Trust
Employer: Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Department: Research Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
Location: Mill View Hospital, Hove
Salary: Band 5 - £22,128 - £28,74 (pro rata)
Hours: 2.5 days a week
The post is ideally suited to a person with lived experience of using services and/or being a caregiver who is comfortable about talking about this experience to progress the development of research and translation of results into service improvement and can encourage lived experience consultants to do similar.
The successful applicant will combine passion for the role with a person centred approach to relationship building across a wide range of stakeholders and research processes.
The post requires the ability to travel (across Trust sites and regionally), strong organisational skills and the ability to communicate effectively to optimise the quality and relevance of research for the people that participate in it.
For more informnation an how to apply please visit here.
Mental health peer mentoring role 
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Employer: The Advocacy Project
Location: City of Hackney, London
Salary: £10 per hour
The Advocacy Project are looking for people with lived experience of mental illness, who live or work in City and Hackney, to provide 1- 2- 1 support, using their own experiences to mentor someone else. This role can improve confidence, self esteem and develop new skills.
Please follow this link for a full job description and application form.
Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator 
Work with a new mental healh policy research unit
Employer: UCL / Division UCL Division of Psychiatry
Part Time
Hours per week (%FTE):
14.6 (40% FTE)
Salary (inclusive of London allowance):
£30,316 per annum pro rata
Closing Date:
7 Jan 2018
Latest time for the submission of applications:
Interview date:
29 Jan 2018
Duties and Responsibilities
The Department of Health is setting up a new Mental Health Policy Research Unit, run by a research team based at University College London and Kings College London. This unit will carry out a programme of policy-relevant research over the next five years, as agreed with the Department of Health.
They are seeking to recruit a Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator for the Unit. The post holder will manage public involvement activity within the unit, under the direction of the PPI Lead and the Unit Directors. This will include organising a Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) of mental health service users and carers, making links with other PRU advisors, user- and carer-led groups nationally, and contributing to writing up and publicising the work of the unit for a wide audience.
This part time post (2 days a week) is funded until 31st August 2022 in the first instance.
Key Requirements
Applicants will need some previous experience of coordinating service user and carer involvement, ideally in a mental health research context. They will also need personal experience of using mental health services, or experience of supporting a close friend or family member who has used or uses mental health services.
Further information about the role and details of how to apply are available here.
Locality co-ordinator, western and northern 
capital Employer:Capital Project Trust, West Sussex
Hours:21 per week
Salary: £10 per hour
Capital Project Tust are looking to recruit a dynamic, empathetic and well organised individual to coordinate the running of the Western (Coastal and Rural) and Northern (North of County) Locality area. Developing and promoting membership engagement within their area including the running of a regular monthly Members meeting.
They will also be responsible for the management and supervision of the Peer Support workers at their local hospital. 
For more information and how to apply, please call 01243 869662 or email.
Administrative assistant, Bognor Regis 
Employer:Capital Project Trust, West Sussex
Hours:15 hours per week
Salary: £9.02 per Hour
The Capital Project Trust also require a friendly, practical and helpful individual to join our admin team in a small but busy office. Working closely with the Senior Administrator to ensure the smooth running of our small office, ensuring appropriate procedures are maintained.
They will also give specific administrative support to our inpatient and new rehabilitation peer support service. 
For more information and how to apply, please call 01243 869662 or email.
Speaking Truth to Power - presented by Stephen Pattison 
spirituality forum Date:6 December 2017
Time:14:00 – 16:30
Venue:The Upper Room 8 Greenland Place London NW1 0ND
This event will explore the changing role of mental health chaplains and in particular consider ideas from Stephen Pattison’s book “Pastoral Care and Liberation Theology” and his article “Chaplaincy as Public Theology”
For more information and booking, please visit here.
GOV.UK news 
Government response to report on Brexit and health and social care
Command paper responding to the House of Commons Health Committee report 'Brexit and health and social care: people and process'.
You can acces all the relevant documentation here.
King's Fund responds to autumn budget
'We are disappointed ( ...) that the Chancellor did not find any extra funding for social care'. Read the full statement here.
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