NSUN Bulletin 4th June 2018

NSUN Bulletin Monday 04 June 2018
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NSUN Bulletin Monday 4 June 2018
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Dear Viewpoint
Welcome to the 4 June edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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NSUN news 
NSUN will be Ododow's charity of the week from 16 July. Ododow (One Deed, One Day, One World) is part of If Everyone Cares, a registered CIC that has one main mission: Connecting Communities.
In January NSUN was also featured on the ‘It’s All Good Radio Show’ on Riviera.FM for #TimeToTalk day. 
Their aim is to facilitate and encourage cross community collaboration: people with charities; charities with each other; charities with businesses; businesses with other businesses and people with people.
Ododow is mapping charities and community projects across the UK.
You can find out more about Ododow, search for other organisations or also add your organisation to the map here.
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London - 23 June
Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture... it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
23 June 2018, at 11.45pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
Selected blogs 
Could psychiatry’s newly invented diseases themselves be the hot items that people are somehow being manipulated into buying? Yes, says Lawrence Kelmenson, MD.

The expert strikes back
Since we launched our new website, we have been adding both new and older contents (which used to be hosted on our previous website).
This provides us with the opportunity to share older blogs with you.
The expert strikes back was written by Stephanie de la Haye, who wanted to explain why she had resigned from the CQC's experts by experience programme.
Share your experience with a BBC Radio 4 programme 
BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme would like to speak to a couple who have used Couple Therapy to help relieve depression or anxiety.   
The programme will be exploring how depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions in individuals, can be treated through Couple Therapy. 
While most people are familiar with the idea of one to one talking therapies, many people are unaware of Couple Therapy. 
The programme wants to consider the important role that partners can play in helping individuals to manage their difficulties.  
If you and your partner have been, or are currently in Couple Therapy and you are interested in talking about your experience, then please contact producer Jonathan Hallewell for an informal initial chat.  

Please email: jonathan.hallewell@bbc.co.uk
MHRN - Free Cook-In! 
Article ImageJoin the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) for a FREE vegetarian meal at The Field, their regular venue.
Featuring live music from erstwhile genius Dave Russell.
Date: Thursday 7th June
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Field, 385 Queens Road, New Cross, London SE14 5HD
Disabled Accessible
Women's Mental Health Network Launch Event 8 June 
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You can book your ticket online here.
There are also some free tickets available for those on low income or benefits, and if you feel this applies to you, contact womensmhnetwork@gmail.com
Doors for the event open at 7pm, with performances starting at 7.30pm.
Asylum Magazine - Summer 2018 
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Asylum magazine 25.2 – Summer 2018
This issue opens with an article by @validconsent which underlines the profound challenges involved in our notion of 'democratic psychiatry'.
How does one provide a safe space for challenging and diverse opinions to be expressed: at a conference; on a psychiatric ward; on social media; or in the pages of our magazine?  
Those questions go to the very heart of Asylum’s collective struggle.  They are crucial for those involved in the review of the Mental Health Act, as well as those who are framing responses to it.  They are also key to understanding how debates about psychiatric medication can be conducted in ways that are respectful of deeply held and diverse views.  These two subjects take up the majority of this issue of Asylum.
The interim report on the Mental Health Act Review is out now.  Unfortunately, but perhaps not surprisingly, two main demands referred to in this issue of Asylum – making legislation rights-based and consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the idea of a capacity based Fusion law – have already been taken off the table (see the recent blog by Akiko Hart on www.madinamerica.com). 
Wide-ranging reform looks increasingly unlikely, though the suggestion that Community Treatment Orders may be abandoned will be heartening to many campaigners. A major question remains: how, in this current climate, will people be able to access support at all, and how can legislation be used to help or hinder that?
To read more. . . . . .
BBC Radio 4 You and Yours programme seeking input 
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BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours programme would like to speak to a couple who have used Couple Therapy to help relieve depression or anxiety.   
The programme will be exploring how depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions in individuals, can be treated through Couple Therapy.  
While most people are familiar with the idea of one to one talking therapies, many people are unaware of Couple Therapy.  
The programme wants to consider the important role that partners can play in helping individuals to manage their difficulties.   
If you and your partner have been, or are currently in Couple Therapy and you are interested in talking about your experience, then please contact producer Jonathan Hallewell for an informal initial chat.  
Bury Involvement Group (BIG) 
BIG BIG in Mental Health is a voluntary organisation providing good mental health recovery through providing support and hope, empowering adults to improve their quality of life.

Anxiety and depression group: every Monday evening 6.30pm until 8.30pm at The Re-start room in Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton Street, Bury.

Revocery group: every Tuesday evening at 6.15pm  at the Bury United Reformed Church, Parsons Lane, Bury

Dual recovery group:  Wednesday evening 6.30pm until 8.30pm at O.R.B., The Old Court House Tenterden Street, Bury, BL9 0AL

Drop in: Every Friday 1pm – 3pm at Bury United Reformed Church, Parsons Lane, Bury, BL9 0LY

Social: every week on a Sunday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm at The Re-start room in Castle Leisure Centre, Bolton Street, Bury.

BIG is located at Unit 54 Bury Business Centre Kay Street Bury Lancashire BL9 6BU
Tel: 0161 222 4005 / 0775 8737616

For more information, plese visit the website
The Great Get Together event in Shefield 
Jo Cox The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox and the event aims to bring together local communities and celebrate together.

Date: 16 June
Time: 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: St Mark’s Church and Green, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 2SE

This year the celebration of community will include:
  • The Great Broomhill Bake-Off Bake in advance and bring your treats along to be judged and tasted.
  • Craft Fair A chance to shop the best our local craftspeople have to offer.
  • Book launch Michael Glover will launch his new book of poetry ‘Hypothetical May Morning’
  • Stalls Including our Healthwatch Sheffield stall! Come along and meet members of our team and share your experiences of health and social care.
  • Café Indoors From 2pm-4pm with local musicians.
  • Games, Music and Children’s Activities On the Green all afternoon!
Citizens Advice reports on mental health and essential services 
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Citizens Advice have published two reports on how people, with mental health problems, engage with essential services (eg utilities, communication...etc)
The first is based on in-depth interviews with 32 local Citizens Advice advisors. It explores their experiences of the extra support on offer in essential services for people with mental health problems.
The second is an ethnographic study examining the issues experienced by people with mental health problems when it comes to essential services.
Mental health hospital discharge and human rights 
Hospital discharge and human rights A toolkit for practitioners.
When people are discharged from mental health hospitals, this can raise human rights issues including their right to liberty, their well-being and their autonomy/independence.
The British Institute of Human Rights and St Martins of Tours have run a project which aimed to build the knowledge and confidence of healthcare practitioners to use a human rights approach to hospital discharge to better support people discharged from hospital, and in turn to help prevent unnecessary admissions.
Launched as part of the project, this free to download toolkit explores a human rights approach and is based around three key issues: delayed discharge, premature discharge and discharge to an inappropriate setting. 
Nominate for the Marsh Awards 
marsh awards The Marsh Awards recognise excellence in mental health peer support in England and Wales, and are run each year by The Marsh Christian Trust, Mind and Peerfest partner organisations.

Nominations are open for the 2018 Marsh Awards for Mental Health Peer Support.
If you're involved in a peer support group or project this is your opportunity to win £500 cash to support your work, plus unique opportunities throughout the year to attend workshops, networking events and peer action learning.

Learn more and nominate here. Nominations close on 31 July.  
Metanoia Institute Strategy for Service User Involvement 
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Metanoia Institute was founded in the early 1980s and was one of the first organisations in the UK to offer humanistically-oriented professional counselling and psychotherapy training.
The Institue is currently seeking to recruit six – eight service users to join a working party to explore ways in which they can involve service users in our Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy Programme, a training delivered jointly with Middlesex University since 2006.
Their aim is to embed service user knowledge and experience as an integral element of the Doctorate, in keeping with the programme’s Integrative ethos and democratic values. They plan, with the assistance of the working party, to consult with service users at a number of key points in the programme: these are likely to include involvement in the selection of trainees, contributions to taught components of the programme, reviewing programme documentation and updating module narratives, and at Team Meetings and Boards of Studies.
Members of the working party will be remunerated.
For further information please contact Dolly Sen, our Service User Consultant, at dollysen70@hotmail.com.
Mad studies webinar series to launch next month 
mad in america This series of eight online webinars will introduce participants to mad studies, an emerging, interdisciplinary field encompassing a variety of philosophical, social, and cultural perspectives on what we consider "madness."

The first webinar, 'an introduction to Mad Pride' will take place on 06 July.

co-ordinated by Mad in America, the webinars air at US times. If you cannot listen live, each show will be recorded and shared online.

To read more about the series, please click here
Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia 
understanding psychosis Anne Cooke is the editor of an influential British Psychological Society Report ‘Understanding psychosis and schizophrenia: why people sometimes hear voices, believe things that others find strange, or appear out of touch with reality, and what can help’.
It provides an accessible overview of the current state of knowledge and its conclusions have profound implications both for the way we understand ‘mental illness’ and for the future of mental health services.

The main messages are:
  • The problems we think of as ‘psychosis’ – hearing voices, believing things that others find strange, or appearing out of touch with reality – can be understood in the same way as other psychological problems such as anxiety or shyness.
  • They are often a reaction to trauma or adversity of some kind which impacts on the way we experience and interpret the world.
  • They rarely lead to violence.
  • No-one can tell for sure what has caused a particular person’s problems. The only way is to sit down with them and try and work it out. The opportunity to talk things through in this way is vital, but surprisingly rare.
  • Services should not insist that people see themselves as ill. Some prefer to think of their problems as, for example, an aspect of their personality which sometimes gets them into trouble but which they would not want to be without.
  • We need to invest much more in prevention by attending to inequality and child maltreatment. Concentrating resources only on treating existing problems is like mopping the floor while the tap is still running.
The report in downloadable for free here.
Carers event: healthy, safe and connected 
carers event HPFTAll carers, volunteers, clinical and HPFT members are invited to this interactive day on carers’ safety, staying healthy; connected and supported.

Date: 10 June
Time: 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
Venue: HPFT, The Coloannades Beaconsfield Road Hatfield AL10 8YE
Cost: free

The day will focus on:
  • Understanding how we can improve carer safety
  • Learning from serious incidents and carer involvement
  • Enhancing relationships between staff, service users and carers
  • Local 3rd Sector support
  • One-2-One drop-in for carers (pharmacist/benefits advice)
  • Massage sessions for carers
Refreshments and lunch buffetprovided

To book online please visit this page and quote reference HPFT

Telephone: 01727 804418
International News 
Article ImageClosing the AsylumsIn this piece for Jacobin, John Foot describes the Italian psychiatrist Franco Basaglia’s efforts to revolutionize the mental health system in Italy. Basaglia sparked a social movement that led to the closing of Italy’s asylums.
European Network of (Ex-)Users and Survivors of Psychiatry (ENUSP) started a campaign against the Draft Protocol which seeks to establish standards of forced measures in psychiatry and make them part of human rights law. @ENUSP
Normal Difference is a group of mental health activists in Kenya (Nairobi and Kisumu), 'normal and different people, with and without psychiatric diagnoses, with artictic talent and with a will to live a life respected by the communities that surround us and with a wish to network with all the normal different people worldwide.' 
The ‘framework for recovery’ sets out an agreed understanding of recovery in the context of a recovery oriented service and outlines four key principles that underpin such a service.  The framework was co-produced between Service users, Family members and Service providers. 
The LGBT Ireland 310-page Report is a ground-breaking study of the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland. It is the result of a partnership between GLEN, BeLonG To, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and Trinity College Dublin. The findings of this study suggest that similar to the general population a large proportion of LGBTI people (approximately 70%) are experiencing positive wellbeing. However, the study also highlights particular vulnerability among young LGBTI people, and reports rates of self-harm as two times higher, and attempted suicide as three times higher, compared to their non-LGBTI peers. 
As part of the QualityRights Initiative, WHO has developed a comprehensive package of training and guidance modules. The modules can be used to build capacity among mental health practitioners, people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities, people using mental health services, families, care partners and other supporters, NGOs, DPOs and others on how to implement a human rights and recovery approach in the area of mental health in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights standards.
GOV.UK news 
Lord Carter's review into unwarranted variations in mental health and community health services
Lord Carter's review identifies unwarranted variation in the delivery of mental health and community health services, as well as the potential savings of nearly £1 billion that could be made in efficiencies by 2020/21. 
Read more and download the report here.
Shaping the future of the community mental health services pathway and the Care Programme Approach
NHS England is looking to better understand what people, and underrepresented groups specifically, want from the process of care coordination and care planning – also taking into account the potential role of digital technology. This would inform our work around the future of the Care Programme Approach (CPA) and how it could be (co-) redesigned to improve community mental health care. You can complete the online survey here.
Independent Review of the Mental Health Act - summary of work so far
Along with Easy Read and BSL versions of the interim report, this page offers a summary of the review's work so far.
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