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.
Call for evidence: how well is the Government upholding your Human Rights?
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is seeking evidence and insight from disabled people and their organisations in the UK.
For more information and how to contribute please click here
Inquest opens into death of 15 year old in mental health detention
16 September 2016
Christopher Brennan died at Bethlem Hospital on 31 August 2014. He was 15 years old and had been admitted to hospital as a voluntary patient 6 weeks earlier following several incidents of self harming.
NSUN AGM and Members' event 2016
12 September 2016
Over 100 people attended the NSUN AGM and members' event tin June. Thsi was also a joint event with Shaping Our Lives who launched the report From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress. The report, films and photos are here.
Call for London based people with experience of being detained under Section 136
7 September 2016
NSUN would like to hear your views of being held on a Section 136 for assessment or attending A and E in crisis and how you then accessed treatment and other services. Interviews, which can be held in person or over the telephone, will last approximately 30-45 minutes and all your comments will be treated in the strictest confidence.
For more information about this study please click here
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
Peerfest 2016 open for bookings
7 September 2016
An annual celebration of peer support, Peerfest is an opportunity to network, share ideas, take part in workshops and debate current issues.
This year the event takes place in London on 13 October. For more information and to book your place, please click here
NDTI People's Voice launch talk
26 August 2016
An event to launch the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) ‘People’s Voice’ resources at the House of Lords on 20th July 2016 was attended by Sarah Yiannoullou, NSUN’s Managing Director and Sarah Carr, NSUN’s Vice Chair. Sarah Carr gave a short speech to launch the mental health co-production resources she’d helped to write.
NSUN members action needed to save Number Ten
22 August 20196
The Number Ten project is a service user led initiative based in Hounslow.
It is last of its kind, the Hounslow area having seen three similar projects forced into closure due to funding cuts and location redevelopment. Please show your solidarity with other user led projects by taking three steps online.
Ongoing fight to save Devon community mental health facility
10 August 2016
A member of NSUN alerted us to an ongoing campaign to save a facility where adults and older people can access mental health services. The fight to stop the closure of St John's Court, Exmouth's only mental health unit, has been raging for over a year, with the campaign attracting celebrity support from Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry.
Long awaited international collection of 'Mad Studies' published
28 July 2016
'Searching for a rose Garden', a long-awaited collection of writings by mental health activists, academics and researchers, showcases new thinking and innovative practice in survivor-led interpretations of and responses to mental distress. The book goes on sale on 1 August 2016.
Read more here
NSUN letter to Theresa May
27 July 2016
NSUN have written to the new Prime Minister asking for investment in user-led, community and self-organised support. We have also drawn attention to the National Involvement Standards produced by people with lived experience of distress and carers.
Our letter was forwarded to the Department of Health, who replied on 27 July. You can read both our letter and the DoH's response here.
Labour leader scraps mental health post
14 July 2016
Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has axed the post of Shadow Minister for Mental Health in a cabinet reshuffle which follows mass resignations in the wake of the EU referendum. The move has disappointed party activists and raised concerns in the mental health sector. Luciana Berger (pictured), who had held the post since its creation, was among those who stood down claiming the referendum had led to changes in the political landscape which meant Labour needed new leadership.
Survivor Research Network holds seminar
28 July 2016
The Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) is an independent, user-controlled and diverse network for all mental health service users and survivors who are engaged in or interested in research. The network is hosted by NSUN and in early 2016 a working group was assembled to seek funding to re-establish the network to support and grow survivor research.
On Tuesday 26 July 2016, members of the SRN met for a seminar entitled ‘Reclaiming, Challenging and Reviving Survivor Research’.
Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health
25 July 2016
Implementing the Five Year Forward View
‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ was published 20th July. It details the improvements people will see on the ground as the independent Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations are implemented.
Intended as a blueprint for the changes that the NHS needs to make to improve mental health, the plan sets out what the public and people who use services can expect from the NHS, and when.
The report outlines how new funding, pledged in response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, will be made available for Clinical Commissioning Groups year on year. It also shows how the workforce requirements will be delivered in each priority area and outlines how data, payment and other system levers will support transparency.
Investigation launched after pregnant woman is 'wrestled to ground' on NW London mental health ward
17 july 2016
As investigation has been launched into a case of restraint on a North West London mental health ward: an eight months pregnant woman was knocked face down by a male psychiatric nurse who worked for the Central and North West London NHS Trust.
Witness Alison Cameron tweeted: 'I have just witnessed the most horrific display of violence by staff. Pregnant patient wrestled to ground. Horrible horrible horrible.scary.'
Alison Cameron, who has been a patient advocate for years, says the use of force was unnecessary and reported her concerns to the Care Quality Commission.
UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights
1 July 2016
1 July 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights
Mental Health and Brexit
26 June 2016
Mark Brown from Social Spider has pulled togather some of the 'questions and worries' and explored what answers are out there and what are still to come in his article Mental Health and Brexit: there is no new normal.
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
Five Year Forward View for Mental Health: An independent report of the Mental Health Taskforce
29 February 2016
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.
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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