NSUN Bulletin Monday 08 July 2019

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Welcome to the Monday 8th July 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin - full of news, views, events and involvement opportunities. If there's anything you would like to share with the wider network please send to info@nsun.org.uk.

Previous bulletins can be viewed here.

Request for bulletin and 4Pi feedback 

We have been sending the NSUN weekly bulletin to our members since March 2009. We would appreciate you telling us what (if any) difference the information we've shared has made to you, personally or professionally.

  • Have you got involved in research, workshops or projects?

  • Have you joined a group or applied for funding for your group?

  • Have you got involved in any national initiatives?

  • Have you had good responses to items you've advertised?

Please send any feedback to us directly by email at info@nsun.org.uk

Request for feedback on the use of 4Pi

We are currently reviewing how the 4Pi National Involvement Standards are being used across the country. We want to know if they have influenced practice and policy and what difference they have made to involvement and co-production practice.

If you work with or for an organisation using the 4Pi framework, please email Angela Newton at anjynewton@hotmail.com.

NSUN News 

Call for ideas about a better welfare benefits system

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As many of us know to our cost, there are huge problems with the current welfare benefits system and with trauma and destitution which have resulted from changes made under austerity. Because of this, a user-led Commission on Social Security has been set up to put forward improvements that are needed.

This Commission is separate both from the Government and from the Department of Work and Pensions. Do you have experience of the welfare benefits system and can you help with ideas about the changes needed? If so, please send in your suggestions. You can:

Complete the survey for the Call for Solutions here.

Email Michael Orton at Orton@warwick.ac.uk for a different, accessible way of replying.

Please make contact if you can. Your help is vitally needed.

Westminster Forum event: London

Next steps for mental health services in England - prevention, specialised services and service user engagement

Alison Faulkner will be presenting at this event on behalf of NSUN.

Date: Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

Time: 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Central London

Speakers include:

  • Claire Murdoch, National Mental Health Director, NHS England and Chief Executive, Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

  • Amy Wattingham, Lead Lived Experience Practitioner, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust

  • Lily Makurah, National Lead, Public Mental Health, Public Health England

  • Maria Bavetta, Champion Network Manager, Maternal Mental Health Alliance and Co-Founder, Maternal OCD

  • Alison Faulkner: National Survivor User Network (NSUN)

Book here. Consessions and complimantary places are available.

@WHFEvents | This event is CPD certified B

Recommendation from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to end coercive practices in mental health

The Parliamentary Assembly consists of representatives from the organisation’s 47 member states in Europe.mParliamentarians meet four times yearly to discuss issues of their choice.

Governments of European countries are then obliged to respond to issues raised. On 26th June, the Assembly passed Resolution 2291 (2019) which calls on European governments  to bring coercion in mental health provision to an end and to replace it with effective support for people in crisis, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This Resolution stems from a report by Reina de Bruijin-Wezeman (Netherlands ALDE). Key reasons for the Resolution were the fact that:

  • Coercion is used to ‘control’ and ‘treat’ patients who are considered potentially dangerous to themselves, or others, even though sociological research points to overwhelmingly negative experiences of coercion and there is a lack of empirical evidence that mental trauma and violence are associated and that coercion prevents self-harm or harm to others

  • Reliance on coercive measures leads to arbitrary deprivations of liberty and is discriminatory

  • There are highly successful alternatives to coercion.

For more information, email Dorothy Gould.