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Healthy Lives London project

6 June 2016

Improving physical health for people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses

How do you think improvements can be made to the physical health and physical wellbeing of people diagnosed with serious (enduring) mental illnesses?

NSUN has been commissioned by the Healthy London Partnership mental health programme to create an engagement opportunity with Londoners.

Are you someone who lives in London and has been diagnosed with a serious (enduring) mental illness, or are a family member or unpaid carer, live in London?

There is an opportunity to complete a questionnaire to feed in to the project.

IMPORTANT. If you have already completed the questionnaire and did so before 4th June, could we kindly ask you to complete again. Due to a technical problem some of the questions were not available to all.

Please complete this if questionnaire you are someone who has been diagnosed with a serious (enduring) mental illness.

Please complete this questionnaire if you are are a family member or unpaid carer.

Closing date: 29th June

Worksop places for professionals

Are you are a professional working in London who would be interested in supporting this project through attending two workshop days with people who have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness and with family members and unpaid carers on

Wednesday 15th June

Wednesday 6th July

Find out more here. 

Participate in research led by Middlesex University

Middlesex University is looking for 30 participants aged 18 years and up for a user-led study exploring service user experiences of being victimized because of their mental health problems and what adult safeguarding should do.

For more information and how to take part, please read here

#NSUNthrive10 campaign

23 March 2016

It's been 10 years since the 2006 'Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham.  It was there that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.

We have survived! To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. We want to continue to communicate weekly with over 5000 people.

Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign.

Donate £10 for 10 years here

You can also raise money by shopping online with the Giving Machine

NSUN is about people 'doing it for themselves' with the right help, at the right time, in the right place.

Research: effects of the Prevent agenda on the health and education sectors

Amrit Singh, a human rights lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative is researching (from a human rights perspective) the effects of Prevent in the health and education sectors with a view to producing a report/briefing papers on the subject that could be used to advocate for reform.

For more information and how to take part, please read here

Victory for tireless mental health service user campaign: Harrow Council decides to save 'The Bridge'

5 May 2016

Effective tireless campaigning by determined service users had Harrow Council caving in and coming back on its decision to cut funding for the Bridge mental health centre.

Read more here

A Day in the Life - final report

1 April 2016

The research project 'A Day In The Life' started with the question 'what happens when you ask people with mental health difficulties to write about their everyday life?'. Participants submitted 700 words describing a day in their life. The write-ups where uploaded unedited on the internet. Centre for Mental Health and social Spider CIC analysed some of the uploaded accounts.

NSUN members offered discounts on Healthcare UK events


Healthcare UK Conferences offer a discount of several events, due to take place in April, May and June.

More information here

Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: An independent report of the Mental Health Taskforce

29 February 2016

The Mental Health Taskforce report was published Monday 15th February following the Prime Minister's 'Life Chances' speech and on the same day that BBC One launched its In The Mind season.

NSUN was invited to be a member of the Taskforce and was able to use the Members' Manifesto to feed into the consultation process.


We have now produced a more in depth analysis of what the report means and also look at how many of the recommendations suggest new and innovative developments and how many focus on increasing and improving what exists. 

Read more here.

Support mental health involvement and co-production








Developed by people with lived experience as part of the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) project, the 4Pi National Standards ensure effective co-production, thus really improving experiences of services and support.

Over 50 Organisations have already endorsed the 4Pi National Involvement Standards. It is easy to Join them  - Clicking on the link will open a statement of intent explaining all about 4Pi before you sign up.

Among the organisations which have already subscribed to 4Pi, you will find survivor / user-led Launchpad as well as Maternal OCD, Bristol CCG, Healthwatch Swindon, the Institute of Health and Society (University of Worcester), the Angelou Centre, the National Stroke Association, and many more.

You can also read the related documentation and reports available on the signatories page - included are 6 examples of 4Pi in practice

Over 150 organisations urge political leaders to protect the Human Rights Act

14 December 2015

On Thursday 10 December, representatives of over 150 organisations, including NSUN, signed an open letter which urges political leaders to stand with us and protect the Human Rights Act.

Read the full story

Mental health events


There are many mental health events listed on our website, from conferences to regular walks and other opportunities to get together, organised in sevaral regions by either national organisations or local groups.

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