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Call for blogging contributors
Share experiences, suggestions and opinions with e-bulletin readers, website visitors and social media friends. To get an idea of the variety of topics and points of view, please visit our
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NSUN comments on Theresa May's mental health speech
Promises, promises...in a toxic context
Read the full article here. We are calling on Theresa May to fund much needed change in mental health Download the full letter from the National Voices website.
Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes
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Survivor Researcher Network news
The Survivor Researcher Network (SRN), hosted by NSUN, is a network set up to support people with lived experience of mental distress with an interest in research. We produce a 6-weekly SRN
bulletin. If you would like to subscribe to the SRN news then please contact Emma Ormerod. Visit the SRN page for more information.
Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin
Below NSUN news, features concern events, job opportunities, research, groups, etc, which are not ran by us, unless clearly stated. Details are sent to us by contacts who wish to spread word about their activities. Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions and features by you, please email the editor
and the general info mailbox. Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.
Shaping Our Lives: series of involvement videos
Why user involvement in research and evaluation is a bad idea!
Watch Peter Beresford in the latest in the series of 'involvement' videos here.
4Pi National Involvement Standards
The 4Pi National Involvement Standards, developed and produced by people with lived experience.
Download the poster, see who has signed up
already and the 4Pi training and consultancy brochure here.
Mental Health Awareness week 2017
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 (MHAW) will take place from 8-14 May with a theme of surviving or thriving?
Stay up to date with all our MHAW activity
This year, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, we will seek to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health. Because thriving is more than the absence of a mental health problem.
Find out more about the week with Mark Rowland's blog here.
Shifting Perspectives through Theatre
A month's exploration of theatrical craft to ask what can we learn about ourselves, our experiences, and our roles through performance.
Every Monday in March @ The Dragon Café
From 5.30pm to 8.30pm
Venue: The Crypt of St George the Martyr Church, Borough High Street, SE1 1JA
All mental health professionals and those with lived experience welcome.
RE:CREATE Psychiatry are delighted to present Playing ON as guest curators for March where they will explore how their methodology translates from the wards of Homerton and the Maudsley to the service-user led space of The Dragon Café. Over four early evening workshops and four evening performances, they will demonstrate the key aspects of the Playing ON process and their active theatre techniques. Marrying professional theatre and socially engaged practice, they will ask what theatre can teach us about the roles we play, the people we are, and how we relate to each other? What can we learn when we step into each other’s shoes?
Monday 6th March programme available to view here.
For more information, please email Amneet.
United Against Welfare: report from the lobby of the BPSociety conference
The Mental Health Resistance Network and others, including Psychologists Against Austerity (PAA), Disabled People Against Cuts, Social Work Action Network (SWAN) as well as trade unionists gathered outside the annual BPS Clinical Psychology Conference at the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool on Wednesday 18th January. This was to share concerns about the welfare cuts and call on the BPS to withdraw from all work with the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP).
Members of the lobby were invited by Peter
Kinderman, president of the BPS, to address the conference the following day to explain their position and present their demands.
Read the full report from the Mental Health Resistance Network (MHRN) here.
PIP Parliamentary Petition
The Government wants to restrict the way Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are awarded. While this isn't a cut, it would mean that those of us with mental health problems will not be entitled to the higher level of financial support we need to cover the extra costs of living with a disability.
We could not be clearer on how we feel about this: it should not happen and we will do all that we can to stop it.
But these changes are due to come into force on March 16th.
Find out how to email your MP here.
Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC), are planning a protest. 'Disability campaigners across the country, have reacted angrily to the latest underhand cuts to Personal Independence Payment regulations, announced by Penny Mordaunt, the Minister of Disability, Work and Health, which will lead to the ineligibility of a further 160,000 disabled claimants, mainly with mental health conditions.'
Date: Tuesday 7th March
Time: 1pm - 3.30pm
Location: Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3, United Kingdom
The Soteria Network
Soteria in the Pub - watch 'There is a Fault in Reality'
Soteria Brighton invite you to join them.
Date: 29 March
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Brunswick, 1-3 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1JF
Tom Cotton and Jonathan Swift will present the film ‘There is a Fault in Reality’, a 30 minute film about three people’s experiences of ‘schizophrenia’, and will discuss their experiences as filmmaker and subject.
In the film Tom explores the stories of three people – Jon, Peter and Jacqui Dillon (Hearing Voices Network) –
who’ve all battled with the diagnosis of ‘schizophrenia’ in different ways, and with varying outcomes. Through them, the film enters a detailed insider’s view of ‘schizophrenia’, which bears little resemblance to what most people think they know. As their stories unfold, the voices they hear are revealed to have clear meanings, and to have identities that are anything but ‘mad.’ The film will lead to a wider discussion about the treatment of ‘schizophrenia’
anticipate a lot of interest and advise early booking to avoid disappointment - please visit the event page,
Soteria Network AGM
Soteria is a network of people in the UK promoting the development of drug-free and minimum medication therapeutic environments for people experiencing 'psychosis' or extreme states.
Date: Saturday 1st April 2017
Time: 11am - 4pm.
Venue: Kirkgate Centre, 29a Kirkgate, Shipley, Leeds, BB18 3EH
Alright with human rights!
BIHR is spending the month of March touring the towns and cities of the UK holding free pop-up events, as well as running a social media campaign
"alright with human rights". March for Human Rights provides a positive opportunity for all those who are “alright with human rights” to stand together.
On our tour of the towns and cities of the UK we will visit:
- Northampton, England on 7 March in partnership with Northamptonshire Rights and
- Aberdeen, Scotland on 8 March in partnership with Human Rights Consortium Scotland
- Oswestry, England on 9 March in partnership with Fairness, Respect, Equality Shropshire (FRESh) Ltd
- Pontypridd, Wales on 16 March in partnership with Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
- Cardigan, Wales on 21 March in partnership with Clynfyw Care Farm
- Jersey on 24 March in partnership with Jersey Cares: Refugee Aid Group (JCRAG)
- Brighton, England on 28 March in partnership with Friends, Families and Travellers
The events are all free to attend, and people can book online.
Keep an eye out on the hashtags #MarchforRights
and #alrightwithhumanrights for more information and upcoming actions. And if you feel able to take a selfie and tweet yourself to say #alrightwithhumanrights we’d love to see you up there!
You can also download the new resources on mental health and mental capacity here.
Take part in study on Open dialogue in the UK
Are you, or is someone you know, critical of the Open Dialogue
approach and its development in the UK?
Rai Waddingham (pictured), in her final year of Open Dialogue UK’s three year Open Dialogue Practitioner training, is seeking people to take part in a study on the perspectives of people who have substantial criticisms of Open Dialogue to form my thesis for this course. Whilst there has been a surge of interest in Open Dialogue in the UK in recent years, it has also been met with strong criticisms. Rather than dismiss such critique, the study lead feels it is crucial that we engage with, respect, understand and learn from it.
Who can take part?
- Adults who either: have substantial criticisms of any aspect of Open Dialogue (the approach and/or the way it is being developed in the UK) or have substantial concerns, worries or negative perceptions of any aspect of Open Dialogue
- People who have personal and/or professional relationships to the mental health field
for more information, please download the study flyer or email the researcher
NSUN member on stage 'with added nuts'
Sean Burn is on stage in Camden on 18 March, 7.15pm | 14+
Camden peoples theatre. 58-60 hampstead road. London.nw1 2py
Sean says: 'with added nuts' is a witty exploration of the language of sanism
(discrimination against those with mental distress), finding beauty beneath wounding words. it fuses disability arts with spoken word, acts of creative resistance, opportunities for participation and real art prizes! come build mad solidarities in a time of so much warring against us all'
Take a look at the trailer and booking page here
Opportunity: Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham
- Reference - MED049017
- Closing Date - Friday, 31st March 2017
- Job Type - Research & Teaching
- Department - Institute of Mental Health
- Salary - £38183 to £46924 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary
progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.
This post-doctoral post will involve co-ordination of all aspects of the NEON study, a Programme Grant for Applied Research funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research. The aim of the NEON study is to investigate whether experiencing online stories of personal recovery (‘recovery narratives’) told by peers improves quality of life for people with psychosis. The post is based at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham.
for more information and how to apply, please visit the dedicated page
Making real change happen
The 20th ISPS International Congress in the United Kingdom
Date: 30 August and 3 September 2017
Location: Liverpool University
The University will host the congress with the Foresight Centre facilitating the Pre-Conference Workshop.
Plenary speakers include: Jim van Os, Jacqui Dillon, Rachel Waddingham, Grainne Fadden, Kwame McKenzie, Alison Brabban, Svein Friis, Jon Vidar Strømstad and Anne Berit Eie Torbjørnsen
To obtain more information about the event's highights and to register, please
visit the dedicated website.
Compassionate mental health
Building compassionate communities - a two day experiential event designed to inform, inspire and empower people living and working with mental distress.
30 - 31 March, Canada Lodge and Lake, Heol Pant-y-Gored,Creigiau, Cardiff, CF15 9NF - please take a look at the full programme
Registration is open - please head to the dedicated website
Recovery Research network presents mental health and identity
Date: 18 April 2017 Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Time: Registration from 10am, meeting starts 10.45am
Venue: McPin Foundation, 32-26 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH
Speakers include: Alison Faulkner, Dr Sarah Carr, Jessica Worner-Rodger and Natalie Koussa (from Wellbeing our Way), carers, service users and service user researchers
There will also be a tribute to Ruth Chandler.
This is a free event - please register as soon as you can to ensure you can attend
Government created circumstances for doctor strikes says ex DoH minister
A minister in the Department of Health during last year’s doctors’ strikes has said the Government created circumstances
in which medics were “forced into” taking industrial action - Lord Prior of Brampton, who is now a minister in the Department for Business, declared the Government was responsible for “an environment in the public sector which is far from satisfactory”
NHS is going through the biggest funding squeeze in its history says shadow health secretary
This is the full speech
that Jonathan Ashworth, the shadow health secretary, gave to the Nuffield Trust
Jeremy hunt must practice what he preaches say Guardian
Monumental failures with patient correspondence put lives at risk. The Department for Health needs to ask what needs to change to ensure it doesn’t happen again
It is 10 years since the 'Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham. It was at this conference in 2006 that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.
We have survived! To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign. You can also raise money by shopping online with the Giving Machine