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Progress with Kindred Minds Manifesto
One of the 18 consultations that Kindred Minds undertook to inform the Manifesto
The Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led manifesto and report needs funding for copy editing, design, publication and launch.
Currently, the NSUN London Co-ordinator, Raza Griffiths (who led on writing the manifesto) is exploring various avenues with Maudsley Charity, Institute of Psychiatry and other funding sources.
Help sought can also be in kind, such as: free venue and catering.
The Manifesto recommend changes to policy and practice to improve the mental wellbeing of BME mental health service users.
NSUN is lobbying for a Mental Health Act which is fully compliant with human rights
A model letter for MPs is available, electronically and in a hard copy on the campaigns page, together with information about how to use it. Don’t forget to contact your MP with it, if you share NSUN’s concerns about current plans for reforming the Mental Health Act.
It would also be helpful if you make sure that your MP is aware of the very important report which the United Nations Committee for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities sent to the UK government during October, after examining the government earlier this year about its human rights record. You can find it here.
The points and recommendations under Articles 1-4, 12 and 14 are especially relevant to moving beyond purely medical models and to the need to end detentions and compulsory treatment.
Please also contact as many other individuals and organisations as you can and encourage them to lobby MPs and join NSUN’s campaign about Mental Health Act reform.
Please send NSUN information about:
Contacts you have had with your MP
Any reply from your MP. (It would be helpful if you can send a copy of this to NSUN at email@example.com)
Any individuals/organisations who have expressed a willingness to join NSUN’s campaign about Mental Health Act reform.
Mental Health Leaders awarded in New year's honours
Mental Health leaders awarded in New Years Honours
Kathryn Livingston was awarded British Empire Medal in the New Year's Honours as founder of First Person Plural for Services to People with Dissociative Identity Disorder.
Kathryn says: 'I can't believe I've received a British Empire Medal in the New Year Honours. Its an amazing honour recognising the work of First Person Plural, the charity I co-founded way back in 1997.
I suspect this is the first time ever that an honours listing has cited "For Services to People with Dissociative Identity Disorder". I don't see this honour as mine alone but for everyone involved in First Person Plural over the last 20 years and for all those who live with DID. It is a great recognition for the field of Dissociative Identity Disorder as a whole.
I've been keeping this secret for about six weeks on the orders of the Cabinet Office. Its a great relief to be able to share widely at last. '
Congratulations to Kathryn and First Person Plural.
MHFA England CEO Poppy Jaman awarded OBE in New Year's Honours
The field of mental health featured in another new year's honour, an OBE, awarded to Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England CEO, Poppy Jaman.
The truth about 'Blue Monday' | Mental Health Foundation
Blue Monday (date) - Wikipedia
Blue Monday is the name given to usually the third Monday of January awhich is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year.
Read Mental Health Foundation's Isabella Goldie's blog about Blue Monday and the attempt being made by mental health charities to dispell this PR campaign created in 2005 to sell holidays by looking at the evidence
Re-writing psychosis: crazywise screening and discussion
How can people who experience psychosis, those close to them, health professionals, activists and researchers build a new narrative where thriving and resilience are a potential outcome, rather than hopelessness and stigma?
Date: 20 January
Time: 2pm - 6pm
Venue: The Station Silver St, Bristol BS1 2AG
Join in for a community screening of award-winning film C R A Z Y W I S E followed by speakers, debate and snacks.
There will be other screenings screenings in Bristol and Bath on 14 and 15 March, with director Phil Borges there to answer questions and where there will be extended discussion time, details TBC
Take part in the development of '6 ways to wellbeing' web app
A company called Uscreates are working with Maudsley International to run a research and design project around creating a free wellbeing digital app.
The aim of the app is to encourage people to use the 6 Ways to Wellbeing to carry out simple tasks in their day-to-day routine to feel more positive and stay healthy.Service users are invited to participate and also to discuss if they’d rather have 1-2-1 interview in February instead
Workshop uses photos to explore service user's experiences
Synergi is a national initiative which aims to develop and promote the knowledge base around race based mental health inequalities and to include service user knowledge as part of this.
Synergi is holding two half day workshops for which they would like to use photos of BME service users as a focal point for greater reflection on the service user journey, in order to better communicate the realities of having what they term ‘severe mental illness’ diagnoses and treatment for mental illness as experienced by ethnic minority people.
N.B NSUN doesn't necessarily endorse the term “mental illness” or the bio medical perspective it enshrines.
Mental Snapp is a new way to manage your mental health using private video diaries.
Now, after a year of beta testing, Mental Snapp ready to launch to the world. Mental Snapp is now available free to download from the App Store and Google Play, and its creators want to celebrate with you!
Come and find out more about how it works, chat with creators and active users of the app, as well as trying the features of the app for yourself!
Date: 24 January
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Bethnal Green Ventures, 14 Elder Street, London E1 6BT
Opportunity: lived experience facilitators, maternal mental health
Mind and McPin Foundation will be working in partnership with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA) and Comic Relief to develop a set of Peer Support quality assurance principles for local providers across the UK.
As part of this project, Mind are recruiting four women who have experienced mental health problems whilst pregnant or after the birth of their child.
Those recruited will work with Mind and the McPin Foundation to co-facilitate three consultation events and a number focus groups in order to help us co-design a series of maternal mental health peer support principles with members of the Maternal Mental Health Alliance and women with lived experience.
For more information about this opportunity, please visit this page
Side by Side peer support project launches tooltkit
The Big Lottery funded a programme led by Mind called ‘Side by Side’, which involved online and face-to-face peer support, by and for people with experience of mental health problems, in nine areas of England. 21,191 people took part in peer support and the projects were coordinated by 43 partner organisations.
Working alongside 9 groups and organisations expert in peer support, a team led by NSUN Trustee Dominic Makuvachuma-Walker at Mind have developed a toolkit which was launched last week - week of 20 November 2017.
The toolkit will be useful for people wishing to set up peer support for the first time, people wishing to further develop their peer support and also those commissioning peer support.
The toolkit is based on a set of core values emerging from interviews with almost 100 people involved in the Side by Side programme.
About a third of those who took part in these interviews were people involved in peer support by and for people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities. The toolkit can be found here
The evaluation was led by a partnership of St Georges, University of London, McPin Foundation and the London School of Economics. The summary, Early Findings and full reports can be found here
People involved in the programme have shared their experiences in a couple of films you can watch here and here
'The world is never quiet', a play on voice-hearing
Durham City is the setting for The World is Never Quiet, a new play by David Napthine.
Spend a summer’s day with a cast of characters inspired by visitors to the world’s first major exhibition on voice-hearing – Hearing Voices: suffering, inspiration and the everyday – that took place at Durham University’s Palace Green Library from November 2016 to February 2017.
Drawing on his experience as writer in residence for the exhibition, David provides a compelling insight into what it is like to hear voices, with a play that takes its audience on a journey through the streets of Durham and the lives of its residents.
A rehearsed reading of The World is Never Quiet will be taking place on 26 January 2018. Join in at Durham Town Hall at 19:30 for an hour of stories about Durham and its voice-hearers, and help develop this ground-breaking piece of work by providing feedback in a relaxed session after the event.
All are welcome to this free event, but pre-booking is essential.
Beyond the therapy room
The conference will focus on ways in which health professionals and services can improve physical and emotional wellbeing and help to build a more psychologically caring society, in broader ways than traditional 1-1 psychological therapy.
The day is aimed at people with or without formal training in psychology or healthcare, including qualified or aspiring clinical psychologists, other healthcare professionals with an interest in mental health and wellbeing, and people who have become experts through their own experiences of distress or mental health problems.
Date: 19 January
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Venue: The Temple of Peace King Edward VII Avenue Cardiff CF10 3AP
For more information and booking please visit this page
Vacancy: public involvement in research co-ordinator
Type: Fixed-term Duration: 2 years Location: London Southwark Salary FTE: £30,201.26 (including £4,000 Inner London Weighting) Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week) but part-time working will be considered
McPin are developing our Public Involvement in Research team and are looking for a post holder to work on a portfolio of studies ensuring high quality public involvement and engagement is provided.
For more information and an application pack, please visit here
Over the counter (OTC) medicines
NHS England is launching a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns. The consultation is open until 14 March and you can take part in face to face events or / and webinars. For more information please visit this page.
Independent Review of Mental Health Act
The review was set up to look at how the legislation in the Mental Health Act 1983 is used and how practice can improve.
Approach to gathering evidence
The first phase of work, to spring 2018, will identify the review’s priorities. These will be set out in an interim report. The focus will be on the following sources of evidence:
engagement with service users and carers, through a survey, focus groups and a Service Users and Carers group
engagement with professionals and advocacy organisations, through meetings, workshops and governance groups
a call for evidence
commissioning bespoke analysis, including academic literature reviews and data analysis
A general call for evidence relating to the terms of reference and wider issues with the Act and associated practice is currently live. Please submit any evidence to MHActReviewEvidence@dh.gsi.gov.ukusing the subject ‘Call for evidence submission’ by midday 22 January 2018.
Government plans for Mental Health Act reform: don’t forget to lobby your MP about these if you share NSUN’s concerns
As you will know, NSUN is concerned about the government’s current plans to reform the Mental Health Act. That is because, although the Act clearly needs reform, government plans seem to rest on a continuing dominance of the medical model and on reducing, not ending the use of detentions and compulsory treatment.
For further information about the points above, see NSUN’s Mental Health Act campaigns page.
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