Welcome to the Tuesday 13 May 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin.
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Mental Health Awareness Week
Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019. The theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. Included in this week's bulletin are articles and art projects exploring this theme.
"The healthiest form of projection is art"
~ Fritz Perls
As expected, there's a lot of focus on the role media has to play on idealising body representation.
Today's Guardian article reports on the Mental Health Foundation's survey, which found one in eight people aged 18 and above have been so distressed about their body image they have thought about killing themselves.
Some of our recent work
#HardlyHardToReach peer learning programme
Dominic Maukuvachuma and Sarah Yiannoullou presented at the HEAR Equality and Human Rights Network and Race on the Agenda (ROTA) three-day peer learning programme on campaigning and lobbying for mental health equality 2 May. Dominic and Sarah presented on 'Effective leadership and building a political platform'. This included the Reigniting the Space project and the 4Pi National Involvement Framework.
King's Fund report on Mental Health Outcomes
NSUN attended the Kings Fund round table event that presented their report ‘Outcomes for mental health services: what really matters?’. The report includes a case study provided by NAViGO on page 24 which is the one of the only mental health care providers that does not use control and restraint.
NSUN Members' Manifesto
NSUN's Members' Manifesto is one of the documents referenced as one of the guiding principles for the National Independent Living Strategy, Independent Living for the Future – Our vision for a national independent living support system published by the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA). The Members' Manifesto is currently being reviewed and will be published later in the summer.
NICE Guidelines: Management of Depression in Adults
In November 2017 NSUN joined a number of other organisations concerned with the methodology for the revision of the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults guidleine. There is an upcoming meeting with NICE 24 May to discuss the campaign. You can read more about the campaign here.
The Value of User Led Groups
NSUN’s main campaign in 2019 is the value of user-led groups - that is demonstrating the huge value of user-led groups in our society and fighting the cause for their survival. Later this month we are meeting together with other groups and stakeholders to share and raise the issues and look at what we can do collectively to address them. You can read the summary findings of the survey we conducted with members 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.
Visit our Youtube channel.
Featured blogs and articles
Here you can read a selection of personal stories about the struggles and affects of BDD from people and their families.
Body Dismorphic Disorder Foundation
Akiko Hart writes about social media and self-harm. 'If we ban pictures of self-harm on social media, what we risk is silencing and isolating those in most pain and those in most need of connection.'
The Sociological Review