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Are the mental health crisis teams in crisis?

21 april 2017

Joy Hibbins, who runs a Suicicde Crisis Centre primarily set up to support people who do not access other services, reveals that, lately, a lot of of callers who use the traditional mental health system have been contacting her organisation instead of the mental health crisis teams...which take too long to get back to people - if at all.

This has left Joy wondering whether the mental health crisis teams are having a crisis of their own.

NSUN Members' Manifesto 2017

1 April 2017

Our revised Members' Manifesto 2017 draws on feedback from our AGM and members' event (June 2016), priority issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and responses from members to a direct request asking what should be in NSUN’s manifesto.

Our revised 2017 manifesto sets out what we aim to do to:

1. Address the injustice and harm that have been caused by cuts to public funding and changes to the benefits system

2. Make the policy of ‘getting the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from the right person’ a reality

3. Pressure mental health services to make the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ a reality at all levels, through meaningful involvement in decisions about our own individual care and genuine co-production to develop services

4. Work together with people from socially deprived and marginalised communities to determine their support and develop alternatives  

5. Challenge institutionalised discrimination and put equality back on the agenda for mainstream mental health services     

6. Call for a reform of the Mental Health Act 2007 to make it fully compliant with human rights legislation and ensure that people are not harmed or abused 

7. Reflect the social model of disability and promote informed choice and alternatives to medicationin better person-centred support

8. Reclaim, challenge and revive survivor knowledge and research

Peer Supported Open Dialogue conference review

April 2017

Open Dialogue UK held its 2017 Peer Supported Open Dialogue conference on 22 March.

The event was attended by a representative of the National Survivor User Network, NSUN for mental health

NSUN offers a review.

NSUN Members' Survey

15 March 2017

Participate in shaping NSUN - take our members' survey

We are seeking the views of members in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities.  Comments will remain anonymous but will be combined with other responses to inform our Members' Manifesto 2017. Your input is really valuable as it will help us to find out what we are doing well and identify the areas that we can improve on as an organisation. Your data will be stored until we have completed our annual evaluation work. We anticipate that this will be in August 2017.

We would like to thank you in advance for taking the time time to complete this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes.

Remembering Patricia Chambers

13 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Patricia Chambers died last year. Patricia was a leading light for the BME survivor movement, involved and active both locally and nationally.

We shared an office with Catch-a-Fiya when NSUN was established and Patricia was newly appointed as the Catch-a-Fiya Manager in 2009. Patricia led work on the Dancing To Our Own Tunes recommendations to develop the TOOTS charter and was a huge support, advocate and motivator for those who worked with her.

Patricia was involved in many initiatives and organisations and leaves an inspiring legacy. Jayasree Kalathil has written a moving tribute which you can read on the NSUN Facebook page

Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved Patrica.

NSUN among charities calling on Theresa May to fund much needed change in mental health

February 2017

Sixty-nine charity leaders, including NSUN, have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a revised funding settlement for health and care. The charities describe the current pressure on health and care as “not acceptable or tenable.”

The signatories also call for the development of models of care that work for people with chronic needs and a reaffirmation of the government’s backing for the Five Year Forward View. The Budget on Wednesday 8 March provides the Prime Minister with a chance to help resolve the crisis facing health and care services.

Download the full letter from the National Voices website

Supported housing survey (10 - 15 minutes)

February 2017

Rethink Mental Illness is launching a survey on supported housing. They’d like to find out more about the experiences that people with mental illnesses have had in accessing housing services, their stories about living in supported housing, and their hopes for the future. The survey will only take 10-15 minutes -  click here
Your contribution will inform Rethink's response to an ongoing Government consultation on future funding for supported housing as part of A Place to Call Home campaign.

NSUN contributes to Civil Society report highlighting current toxic debate around Human Rights

8 February 2017

The UK is undergoing a Human Rights Check. This happens every 4.5 years, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which is led by the United Nations.

NSUN is among civil society organisations which contribute to the process.

Read more here

Jeremy Hunt confronted about Panorama's Mental health crisis coverage

8 February 2017

Luciana Berger, former shadow mental health minister, has told health secretary Jeremy Hunt that the findings of a special investigation BBC programme into mental health services were “shocking and disgusting”.

The programme in question, Panorama, aired on 7 February, highlighting how a sharp rise in the number of mental health patients dying unexpectedly with the responsible organisation cutting nearly a quarter of its inpatient beds. The Department of Health disputes Panorama's findings.

Read more here

A tribute to Robert Dellar

January 2017

A fierce intellect and a pioneer activist - A compasionate activist, author, artist and comrade, Robert Dellar (1964 - 2016) touched the lives of many, writes Ruth Hunt.

ROBERT DELLAR was an activist, author and pioneer in the mental health survivors movement. He was a one-off. A truly remarkable man, who was sharply intelligent, with a mischievous wit and deep compassion.

Theresa May's first speech of 2017 focuses on mental health

9 January 2017

'Promises promises' This seems to be the general reaction to the Prime Minister's speech at the Charity Commission's annual lecture on 9 January. The PM spoke of the 'burning injustices' and chose to focus on "the burning injustice of mental health". Many have welcomed the announcement and some are'delighted'. However, the main criticism is that very little is new and very little will make a difference to those who have been hardest hit by cuts, conditions and coercion. And what about the context which fosters the counrty's mental health cisis?

Read more here

Section 136 pathway launches in London

December 2016

Naomi Good spoke on behalf of the mental health movement at the launch of S136 Pathway, a pan London initiative to improve mental health crisis care in the capital. The mayor, Sadiq Khan welcomed the move, and also gave a speech, alongside representatives of organisations and groups involved.

Read more here

NSUN joins over 160 groups asking the Prime Minister not to abandon the Human Rights Act

December 2016

Along with 163 other groups, we have signed a letter drafted by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) asking the Prime Minister to drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. The letter was delivered to Theresa May on Human Rights Day 2016. This article contains the letter as well as a contact to obtain the full list of signatories.

Read more here

Concerns for our Human Rights

16 November 2016

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is very concerned by the recent government rejection of a key UN report highlighting systemic violations of the rights of disabled people in the UK. Concerns are compounded by the fact that mental health legislation remains in breach of Human Rights.

Read the full story

More worry about the rights of the disabled community as government green paper is perceived by campaigners as 'unethical' and 'cruel'.

Mental Health Act Report proves the need for 4Pi

November 2016

The Care Quality Commission's report Monitoring the Mental Health Act has been published. The report looks at the quality of care that the 57 NHS trusts and 161 independent hospitals provide for people under the Mental Health Act in England. As well as worrying variations in service quality and limited awareness and access to advocacy, the report states that services are still not routinely involving patients in their treatment. This is just one of the reasons the 4Pi National Involvement Standards were produced by people using services and carers. Read the full report 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

Restraint must be an absolute last resort

7 september 2016

NSUN member calls for a culture change within mental health services.


Read Suzie Billingham's blog

#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.

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

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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