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NSUN 10 years anniversary short film available online
You can watch the film on NSUN's YouTube channel here.
Mental health in the news
Mental Health Act survey
is designed to gather your views on the principles of the Mental Health Act and how people’s rights are currently protected, where this is working well and what could be changed and improved.
If you have experience of the Mental Health Act, this is your chance to be heard. Whether you have experience of mental illness, are a family member, carer or loved one, or a mental health professional, we’d love to hear from you.
Legislation texts available online: MHA 1983
and amendment 2007
Take part in the survey here.
How well is the government upholding your Human Rights: update on recent UK engagement
Disability rights UK
(DR UK) called for evidence, between September and October 2016, on the UK’s performance under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). DR UK have focused on England, whilst Disability Wales and Inclusion Scotland
have done similar work in Wales and Scotland.
DR UK wanted responses (which could be submitted via online surveys or participation at events) to the following two questions:
- What are the priority issues that you believe should be included in our report to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?
- Why do you consider these to be priorities and what evidence can you provide to show that there is or could be an adverse impact on the rights of persons with disabilities?
You can read DR UK's full update on this work
Do you hear voices and self harm? could you help with this research?
Do you hear voices and self-harm? Now or in the past? If yes do consider being part of this is important research by a trainee who is being mentored by a service user with experience of self-harm and hearing voices ~ shared on Facebook by NSUN member Sarah Connor (thank you)
Find out more here.
CHecking Agreement on Mental health Peer Support (CHAMPS)
The aim of the CHAMPS study is to check what most peer supporters believe to be important and helpful / unhelpful to them in carrying out the role. The CHAMPS study aims to explore if there are relationships between experiences of providing peer support and the wellbeing of peer supporters. They would like views from as many UK peer supporters as possible. The results will be shared with participants and with the peer support community as early as possible.
Eligibility criteria: Please read the following bullet points. If
you can agree with ALL of them, then you are eligible to take part.
- "I have had personal experience of a mental health problem"
- "I currently provide, or have provided in the past 5 years, support to another person with a mental health problem to assist them in their recovery"
- "The above support is / was provided as part of a formal role within an organisation*
such as a voluntary / charitable organisation, or a statutory service"
- "The above support is / was provided in the UK"
- "I am aged 16+"
You can find out more and how to participate here.
Creative competitions open for entries
Poems, artwork and photography are to be created from the sentence:
I feel better when I am....It’s FREE to enter and is open to all UK residents of any age…
- you can submit up to 2 pieces of artwork/photography
- you can also submit up to 2 poems
- focused around wellbeing and what makes you feel better – enjoy creating!
- A choice of two competitions: Leicestershire / UK wide
You have until noon on 10 February 2017. To take part, please visit the
Rethink Your Mind participation page
Local action saves lives
There are more than 6,000 suicides in the UK each year. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50, and the biggest killer of young people aged 20-34.
Local Action Saves Lives
is Samaritans’ campaign for all councils to put in place effective suicide prevention plans. Because without a proper plan involving local organisations, suicide prevention work is much less effective than it could be.
For more information and how to get involved, please click here
Artistic creativity for all workshop at SISH
Bristol based Self Injury Self Harm
(SISH) invite you to this creative workshop, which is open to all, no previous artistic experience needed.
This practical and “hands on” workshop will lead you through some ways to use various art materials to explore this in a safe, held and non-judgemental space.
3 December, 10.30am to 1pm at Bristol Mind, 35 Old Market Street, BS2 0EZ
Bristol Mind has an accessible ground floor, but workshops are held on the first floor, which is not wheelchair accessible. Bristol Mind has a hearing loop in place.
Cost: £5 waged / £3 unwaged. You can turn up on the day, no booking required.
Part of SISH's Saturday workshops (for a full list in PDF please click here)
Bristol Independent Mental Health Network
The Bristol Independent Mental Health Network
(BIMHN) represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of Bristol’s mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health.
Healthwatch Hartlepool publishes investigation into patient experience of dementia diagnosis
It is estimated that around 850,000 people in the UK are living with dementia and that a further 700,000 are providing care and support to people with the condition.
has published its own investigation into Patients Experiences of Dementia Diagnosis in Hartlepool.
Top research questions about bipolar published
The James Lind Alliance and Bipolar Priority Setting Partnership (PSP) have worked alongside Bipolar UK since September 2014. An initial national survey gathered nearly 14,500 questions from people who live with bipolar, families and health professionals. After these were longlisted to 71 questions, another survey resulted in the
top 35 potential research questions.
Anxiety UK mourn loss of founder Harold Fisher
Anxiety UK have announced
the passing of founder Harold Fisher who died peacefully on Thursday 27 October 2016.
Nicky Lidbetter Anxiety Uk's CEO said 'Harold was a truly inspirational man who helped thousands of people through his selfless work with the ‘Phobics Society’, which later became ‘National Phobics Society’ – now known as Anxiety UK... We are determined to ensure that Harold’s name and the wonderful work that he founded, live on and to this end, we would be most grateful for your kind
Mr Fisher's funeral will take place on Tuesday the 8 November 2016 at 10.20 am at Peel Green Crematorium.
Care Coordinator - Carers Trust, Rugby
Due to a new 5 year contract Carers Trust Heart of England Crossroads Services are looking for a committed Care Coordinator to join a busy team at Carers Trust's Rugby office.
Prior experience as a Coordinator in a care environment is desirable. The successful candidate will need to have a license and their own transport and be computer literate with the ability to work in a fast paced environment and able to prioritise their work. Excellent communication skills are essential along with the availability to work regularly out of
normal office hours to cover ‘on call’ duties.
The salary is £16,084 pro rata + on call payments working 20 hours per week with a possibility of the position becoming full time.
To apply please click the links below or for more information to please contact Mandy Minton on 02476 101040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Application form
- Job Description & Specification here
Involvement opportunities still open for participation
Intentional Peer Support
A one-day overview with Steven Morgan from the US
Open Dialogue UK is delighted to welcome Steven Morgan to the UK to run a one day introduction to Intentional Peer Support on 16th November 2016 in Dalston.
Intentional Peer Support
is a powerful framework for thinking about and creating transformative relationships. Practitioners learn to use relationships to see things from new angles, develop greater awareness of personal and relational patterns, and support and challenge each other in trying new things. IPS is used across the world in community, peer support, and human services settings. We come from a history of grassroots alternatives with a focus on cultivating relationships that are mutual, explorative, and conscious of power.
The one-day IPS Overview is a highly interactive exploration of the three principles and four tasks of IPS. Here participants learn the basic framework for reflecting upon and developing mutuality in their work environments and relationships. We will also discuss how IPS is currently being used in peer-run projects, hospitals,
approaches to first-break psychosis, and other innovative areas.
Cost: The event is run on a donation basis, to cover the costs of running the day. We expect this event to fill up quite quickly, so recommend booking early.
For more information and to book please visit the website.
Have you had, or care for someone with, cancer and experience of mental ill health? Share your story!
Macmillan Cancer Support
is working to gather personal stories from people living with, or caring for someone with both mental health problems and cancer.
Cancer affects nearly 1 in 2 people during their lifetime, and mental health/emotional wellbeing problems affect 1 in 4 adults during any one year, so there will be lots of people out there with this dual lived experience.
Macmillan’s Mental Health and Cancer Taskforce
aims to better understand the needs and ideas for change of people affected by both cancer and mental health problems.
For more information and a contact email please take a look here
Lower benefit cap comes into force today
A new, lower cap on the total amount of benefits a household can receive has come into force in a move the government says "restores fairness", but campaigners warn it will push more people into poverty. (Guardian comment
here). The annual cap was £26,000, but the government has slashed it further to save money from the welfare budget and try to encourage more people into work. It is now £23,000 in London and £20,000 outside, to acknowledge the substantial difference in the capital's cost of living. The cap includes payments such as housing benefit and job seeker's allowance. Read more
The Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard
The Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard, published in October 2016, is a response to the recommendation in the
Five Year Forward View for Mental Health that NHS England create a tool “that will identify metrics for monitoring key performance and outcomes data and that that will allow us to hold national and local bodies to account for implementing this strategy.” It includes a suite of metrics based on the proposals in the Implementation Plan and is structured around the core elements of the mental health programme:
- children and young people’s mental health
- perinatal mental health
- adult mental health: common mental health problems
- adult mental health: community, acute and crisis care
- secure care pathway
- health and justice
- suicide prevention.
Open consultation: work health and disability
The DWP is seeking views on how to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions. This consultation closes on 17 February 2017. The consultation is accompanied by a series of green papers and booklets. To read the materials and take part please visit this
DWP announce plans to get more people with disability into work
Updated on 3 November, the DWP press release is available
Community pharmacy reforms
The DoH has published this policy paper
on 20 October and updated it on 4 November.
House of Lords votes against plans for foreign children database
The campaign 'against border for children' welcomes this vote, saying: ' This is an important step towards a significant victory for children’s rights to privacy, equality, and education ' - read more here
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