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Sad and shocking story of Sarah Reed

3 February 2016


Sarah Reed - Black woman and mother who was subject to police brutality and whose assault was caught on camera that eventually led to the dismissal of Metropolitan Police Constable James Kiddie, has been found dead in her cell at Holloway Prison London. 

Read Lee Jasper’s article here

Uproar as council proposes to close mental health centre

8 February 2016

Harrow council has announced it would not renew the contract for the Bridge Mental Health Centre, leading to uproar among the community.

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NSUN contribute in 'Social Work for Better Mental Health' guidance

29 January 2016

NSUN played an instrumental role in the production of a document which is part of the Department of Health's 'Social Work for Better Mental Health' programme and guidance.

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Help us evaluate our work and shape our future

29 January 2016

We are seeking the views of members and stakeholders in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. If you are not a member of NSUN but know about our work and would like to contribute your views, you can register for free then take the survey. The deadline is 29 February.

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Help create 'I Statements' for London's mental health crisis care

20 January 2016

To further develop the work in the mental health crisis care programme Mind and Healthy London Partnership, an NHS organisation, need to understand the wants/needs of service users in London. An online questionnaire has been developed, asking people questions about their experience in London and what they think is most important in the way care is delivered. This will help understand what people expect from the system. The information will be collected to develop ‘I statements’ which will be presented at the crisis care summit in February.

Take the survey here

Influence change in the use of restraint in mental health services

15 January 2016

NSUN and Mind have produced a resource  for people who want to change the practice of restraint in mental health services and end the use of force, particularly on adult mental health wards.

Please read on for more information and a link to download the guide.

Major new study reveals state of mental health crisis in England

18 January 2016

The Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has published a major new study, surveying over 5,000 adults in England. Whilst covering a wide range of issues, including hearing problems and obesity, the study includes a full chapter on the prevalence of mental illness in the population, reflecting on lifetime experience, as well as on current conditions and treatment.

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Department of Health gets new Permanent Secretary

15 January 2016

Chris Wormald is to become Permanent Secretary for the Department of Health. Mr Wormald, who moves on from the Department for Education, succeeds Dame Una O'Brien, who intends to step down from her role at the end of April. Whislt Westminster colleagues Jeremy Hunt, Nicky Morgan and Sir Jeremy Haywood reacted with a chorus of praises, reporter John Dickens was much less enthusiastic, saying on Twitter that Mr Wormald will be leaving the Department for Education in a 'massive accounts mess'.

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Prime Minister pledges a revolution in mental health treatment

12 January 2016

NSUN has attended a special announcement that included a significant passage on mental health. Prime Minister David Cameron announced the spring publication of the ‘Life Chances Strategy’ and pledged an 'all out assult on poverty' and a series of social reforms focusing on four key areas - family life and early years; education; equal opportunity; and 'treatable problems' such as mental health and addiction.

The mental health measures included:

£290m to provide specialist care to mums before and after having their babies
First ever waiting time targets to be introduced for teenagers with eating disorders and people experiencing psychosis
Nearly £250m for mental health services in hospital emergency
The scaling up of the Troubled Families programme
Increasing the number of Health Visitors departments

Read more here.

North East Mental Health Day

4 January 2016

Date: Saturday 6th February 2016
Venue: Grey's Monument, Central Newcastle

Promotion of local and regional services, advice, entertainment and engagement . This event is being held the closest Saturday to Time to Change’s “Time to Talk” day.

Find out more here.

Compulsive Charcoal

4 January 2016

Visual Artist Liz Atkin was recently interviewed by Michelle Olley for an article in VICE UK on Living and Dealing with Body Dysmorphic Disorder. The feature looks at how artist Leigh de Vries and Liz, are taking the raw material of fears and obsessions and turning them in photography, performance and film.

COMPULSIVE CHARCOAL #CompulsiveCharcoal series. Check out this post on Buzzfeed is work with discarded copies of The Metro and Evening Standard newspapers, drawing compulsively at speed onto images and adverts and leaving them in the midst of commuters. It's gathering momentum and there are already many in this series. Liz is drawing on each and every journey and will tweet about where they are! If you #Findit #Tweetit!

Not involving people in their mental health care can lead to breaching their human rights say CQC

16 december 2015

The Care quality Commission (CQC) has published its annual report into the use of the Mental Health Act. The CQC concludes that, in too many instances, people are not involved in their own mental health care and that this failure can lead to breaching their human rights.

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Inquest findings prompt Coroner to request changes to protect lives on mental health wards

17 December 2015

Following findings from the inquest into the death of Christopher Higgins (pictured), who died in a mental health unit in Norfolk, a Coroner has requested changes to protect lives on mental health wards.

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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.

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Cuts to ESA will cause disabled people’s health to suffer and delay returns to work say study

11 December 2015

A recent study by the Disability Benefits Consortium found that 'further benefit reductions [would] risk creating a crisis for disabled people in the UK, forcing them into the corners of society and closer to poverty'.

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Share practice examples of co-production in mental health

7 December 2015

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) would like to to hear about examples of co-production which have worked, but also those that have not worked, from within and outside statutory or mainstream mental health services.

To know more and share your examples please visit here.

Next Open Dialogue UK conference to include special focus on peer workers

2 December 2015

OpenDialogueUK have informed us that their 2016 event will give a special place to peer work in mental health. The organisers also let us know that early bird tickets are up for grabs, with a £20 rate for people who access services. Hurry as offer expires on 7 December.

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The Comprehensive Spending Review and its impact on the mental health world

27 November 2015

Writing for NSUN Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) explores what the next five years might hold for people with mental health difficulties.

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Manchester mental health services in deep crisis

2 November 2015

Manchester Users Network leader and NSUN member, Alan Hartman warns of the deepening crisis in Mental Health Services that puts even more people at risk of suicide.

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Support mental health involvement and co-production

7 October 2015







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

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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