NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

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Goodbye Captain, my Captain: a tribute to Robin Williams

17 August 2014

On 11 August, we lost the man British Director and co-founder of Monty Python Terry Gilliam called 'the most unique mind on the planet'. Robin Williams had decided to bow out for the last time, provoking a wide and varied torrent of emotional reactions coming from both the official media and the vox populi  on social websites.

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NSUN works with Healthwatch England to improve hospital discharge

11 August 2014

Last week, NSUN worked with Healthwatch England to organise a focus group, as part of an on-going national inquiry which aims at gathering information to influence decision makers in improving people's experiences of being discharged from hospital back into the community.

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North East Together

4 August

Last week NSUN attended the North East Together (NEt) launch of their first newsletter and the Welfare Reform Action Group (WRAG) in Durham.

North East together, coordinated by Mish Loraine, is a strong local network supported by NSUN. NEt was launched in April 2011 to work in partnership with the emerging health and social care structures and to engage with commissioners and decision makers locally to bring about much needed changes.

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Roles available with the Lankelly Chase Advisory Group

28 July 2014

The Lankelly Chase Foundation is looking for 2 - 3 people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds with lived experience of mental distress and/or the mental health system to be part of an expert group advising the Foundation on a long term programme of activity and funding.

For more information and how to apply, please visit here.

Let's get involved

28 July 2014

Over the last two years NSUN has worked with scores of fellow mental health service users to develop new national standards for the proper involvement of people with lived experience.

Our new 4PI are gaining interest from more and more people and organisations.

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Sheffield consultation gives voice to service users

25 July 2014

NSUN has joined nearly 100 people, including many with lived experience, who gathered in Sheffield Town Hall to improve the city’s mental health services.

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NSUN member joins the Cabinet

18 july 2014

Nicky Morgan MP (pictured) has been appointed as secretary of state for education by the prime minister.

Last year, as a Treasury minister, Ms Morgan contacted NSUN and asked to be briefed on issues around mental health and involvement. Subsequently she joined the charity and arranged for NSUN to feed ideas into the Conservative Party manifesto writing process.

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Benefits could be made conditional to accepting mental health treatment

14 July 2014

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is said to be looking at making sickness benefits conditional to accepting treatment for claimants with mental health diagnoses.

Dr Sarah Wollaston (pictured) described the proposal as 'unethical' and 'unworkable'.

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A look at 2013 through the eyes of our members

11 July 2014

Every year, NSUN asks its members to express their views via a survey, which helps us see how we are doing and also provides a wider picture of what the year has been like for people with lived experience of mental ill health. The 2013 survey evaluation is just out. 

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NSUN influenced think-tank report published

11 July 2014

The CentreForum think-tank’s mental health commission report ‘The pursuit of happiness’ has been published with evidence gathered from NSUN members.

Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020.

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Mental health events

12 June 2014

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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