NSUN Bulletin Monday 19 August

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Welcome to the Monday 19th August 2019 edition of our weekly ebulletin - full of news, views, events, jobs and involvement opportunities. 

Previous bulletins can be viewed here.

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Reminder: NSUN is England-wide! 

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NSUN News 

NSUN is recruiting! NSUN Chief Executive Officer

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is a membership network led by people with lived experience of mental distress. We bring together over 600 local groups and 3,900 individual members to communicate, support each other, share experiences, give voice to their views and experiences in spaces of power and change things.

We are at an exciting stage of change and development, having finished a period of deep reflection and review. After 10 years in post Sarah Yiannoullou is standing down as Managing Director. During her tenure, NSUN has grown and is now recognised as an independent, authentic collective for the voices of lived experience. Founded on the principles of solidarity, equality, integrity and diversity, we aim to reflect the ‘convention challenging ambitions’ of our members.

We are looking for someone with exceptional leadership qualities, ambition, inspiration and visionary drive to take the organisation forward. This needs to be someone who can translate our strategic vision into both high-quality practical and fundable programmes and effective advocacy work. They will need to demonstrate an ability to inspire and motivate a team of staff and associates and a 4500-strong membership.

For the right candidate, this post will be both challenging and enormously rewarding, with the potential to develop and shape an already well-respected organisation into an even stronger force.

A supported handover period will be negotiated to suit the incoming CEO.

Job Description

Application Form

Please return the completed application form accompanied with your up-to-date CV by Friday 20th September – 6pm

By email: info@nsun.org.uk

NSUN is recruiting new trustees

Are you someone who has had experience of mental distress and/or a personal or professional interest in mental health and are interested in becoming an NSUN trustee?

We are looking for new trustees to join the NSUN Board. This is a high-profile appointment to which you will bring your expertise and experience and an absolute commitment to promoting the rights of people with experience of distress, disadvantage and discrimination.

Please click on this link for full details of the role and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is Monday 16th September 2019 – 9am
Interviews will take place on Thursday 19th September and/or Friday 20th September 2019.

Both opportunities are posted on the NSUN website.

Save the date!

NSUN AGM 2019 is in York, Thursday 24th October 2019

This year our AGM will be in the glorious city of York - a historic northern city conjuring images of the stunning York Minster and the old cobbled Shambles.

As well as being a beautiful backdrop for this year's AGM, York has great travel connections to the rest of the country - always one of our prerequisites!

So, save the date - Thursday 24th October. We will send out more information and a link to eventbritewhere you can register to attend the FREE event.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Featured blogs and articles 

Music groups on acute mental health inpatient wards

An article on the Mental Elf talks about the real need to alleviate boredom on inpatient mental health wards.

What about the patient?: David Gilbert

In the new HSJ serices, Jeremy Taylor, former CEO of patient group National Voices, talks to people doing leading work with patients, families and carers. This week: David Gilbert, patient director, Sussex MSK Partnership (Central)

Published 12 August (HSJ)


Refocus on Recovery 2019 - debate International conference 3 - 5 September 2019

At each Refocus on Recovery international conference, there is a debate held on a globally topical issue. In 2019 the debate motion is: “This house believes that there is no place for compulsion in a rights-oriented mental health system”

The debate will be chaired by Samson Tse. Alison Faulkner and Peter Bartlett will speak for the motion, and John Copping and Vicky Stergiopoulos will speak against the motion.

To find out more please go to the debate info page here.

New opportunity to join in with the debate

For the very first time, the debate session will be live streamed via YouTube with The Mental Elf. Conference attenders and anyone around the world will be able to submit and vote for questions. You can watch the debate live here.

Booking for the event here.


Crisis Care Consultation in the North East 

North East Together (NEt), service user and carer network, want to hear from local service users and carers about their experiences of crisis services.

They're running a number of workshops to hear views about what matters most to people regarding crisis care. Discussions will help influence future crisis services.

Lunch and refreshments are provided as are reasonable travel expenses. 

Wednesday 28th August 1pm at Waddington Street, Durham

Thursday 5th September 1pm at St Mary's Centre, Middlesbrough.

Please contact Mish - mish.loraine@netogether.co.uk to book your place and find out more.


Helplines Partnership Annual Conference 

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The 2019 Helplines Partnership AGM, Annual Conference and Awards will take place on Wednesday 6 November at Crowne Plaza, Central Square, Holliday Street, Birmingham B1 1HH.

The theme this year is Strength in Numbers. Keynote Speaker Ryan Hart

Book your place here.

The Helpline Awards, now in their sixth year, are an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on excellence at an individual and organisational level.
Nominations for this year's awards are now open and close at 17:00 on Friday 13 September 2019.

Find out more about the 2019 Helpline Awards and submit your nominations here.


New online advocacy tool from British Institute of Human Rights 

The British Institute of Human Rights has a new online advocacy tool which supports people with mental health and/or mental capacity issues, and those who advocate for them, to know when their human rights may be at risk and how to use the law to resolve these issues.

Check out the Tool here.


Launch of new group: Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL) 

We want to hear from other Disabled people, social workers, families and other organisations about the barriers Disabled people face in living independently in Bristol.

Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL) works with local and national organisations to fight for the right of all people to decide how and where they live, with the support they need. Independent Living does not mean being on your own or doing everything without support!

If you are interested, please come to our launch meeting:

On: Monday 16th September 2019
From: 11am-1pm
At:  8 Priory Road, Clifton BS8 1UQ

Facebook: Bristol Reclaiming Independent Living (BRIL)
Twitter: @BrilLiving
Email: bristol.ilag@gmail.com


The Mental Elf is hiring! Project Coordinators

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The National Elf Service needs 3 part-time Project Coordinators to join their team and support the writing, editing and disseminating of Mental Elf blogs.

This opportunity will suit a PhD student working in a mental health setting.

Salary: £240 per day, 1 day per week (flexible)

Start date: ASAP

Location: Remote-working

Application deadline: 5pm on 13th September 2019

Find out more here.

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