NSUN Bulletin Monday 01 April 2019
Table of Contents
NSUN member looking for legal support
Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT) protest
Coming up: Mental Health Awareness Week in May
Help improve mental health crisis services
WHO mental health and rights consultation
After the Mental Health Act Review: Research priorities
Shaping Our Lives - A Reguge for All project report launched
Stop the DWP sending misleading letters to GPs
Ask for an inquiry into DWP deaths
New frontiers: the social sector in post brexit Britain
Peer Support Specialist (Barnet)
Creative strategies for peer support engagement
Help Mind improve their info on personality disorders and mental wellbeing
Opportunities with a new mental health charity in London
Co-produced community general advocacy course
The Big Draw Festival 2019
In the news
Dates for your calendar
King's Fund report: Outcomes for mental health services: what really matters?
Welcome to the Monday 01 April 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin. As usual it contains lots of news, views and updates.
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Ebulletin editor moves on to consultancy role
After seven years as part of NSUN's core team, Stephanie Taylor King, whose duties involved producing the e-bulletin and editing the website, is moving on to a consultancy role. Whilst NSUN's core team has to shrink due to funding difficulties, Stephanie remains on board as a consultant, leading the APPG for Prescribed Drug Dependence project.
NSUN joins the panel for the NHS long-term plan and mental health event
NSUN Chair Mark Wood joined the expert panel for the King's Fund online event, 'The NHS long-term plan and mental health - a positive way forward' on 28 March. Over 1000 people registered for the event. You can catch up and watch the event if you register here.
Co-production guidance and tips
The Win-Win Alliance (Shaping Our Lives, Disability Rights UK, Change and NSUN) have produced some guidance outlining the simple, practical things you can do to provide inclusive and accessible involvement activities.
The use of the term 'co-production' is now in common (too common some would say) use. Some regard it as completely separate to good involvement practice, but good and meaningful involvement practice is essential if co-production is to be truly realised. There are also some fundamental power issues that need to be addresses and often our experience of co-production is no different from frustrating and poor involvement practice of the past.
You can read and download the Co-production guidance and tips papers here.
The Value of User Led Groups - 2019 campaign UPDATE
Thank you to all of you who have completed our survey We will now collate responses and publish our findings at the end of this month.
Along with Shaping Our Lives and Lankelly Chase we will be bringing together user-led groups at the end of May to look at what is happening to user-led groups, what is their role and value and what can be done to protect the future of user-led groups. The meeting is being held 21 May in London. If any of our user-led groups are interested in attending please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first stage of the campaign was to raise awareness of the current situation. Since launching our campaign we have heard that more user-led groups around the country are closing or under threat of closure. Possability People,in Brighton and Hove, Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and Voices for All in Rochdale.
You can read the article published in February where NSUN and Shaping Our Lives warned that user-led organisations are continuing to close, putting the sector at real risk of extinction. Read the full article by John Pring (Disability News Service) here.
You can view the Principles of Peer Support Charter here.
Jobs and involvement opportunities - already shared
If there is still time to apply or get involved, you can find previously shared opportunities on this page.
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