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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New Mental Health Taskforce announced

27 March 2015

NHS England have announced a new Mental Health Taskforce, which NSUN will be part of. The Taskforce will explore the variation in the availability of mental health services across England, look at the outcomes for people who are using services, identify key priorities for improvement, and develop a five-year national strategy for mental health, covering all ages, to be published in the autumn.

Two listening events are being held in April.

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Government announces radical changes for children and young people's mental health care

17 March 2015

Following an in-depth look at mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people, the Government has set out a blueprint for improving care over the next 5 years.

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Compassionate Communities launch initiative in East London

20 March 2015

Part of a worldwide social movement called Compassionate Communities, 'Compassionate Neighbour' is an initiative taking place in East London, where Social Action for Health and St Joseph's Hospice are setting up a network of lay people/volunteers who provide practical, emotional and social support to the family and friends of people who suffer from a serious illness, or are frail, elderly and isolated.

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An introduction to peer-supported Open Dialogue

13 March 2015

Last Wednesday, 11 March, NSUN attended the first national conference on peer supported Open Dialogue.

Originally developed in Finland by a group of innovative family therapists, 'Open Dialogue' is now more and more often considered as a possible alternative to the traditional mental health system.

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Looking into the experiences of adults who experienced sexual abuse in childhood

13 March 2015

Survivors in Transition (SiT) and University Campus Suffolk (UCS) have launched a joint online survey, Focus on Survivors, that will explore the views and experiences of support received by adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

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NSUN to curate video collection donated by inspiring mental health project

2 March 2015

NSUN has taken on a video collection left in our care by the inspiring Recovery In-Sight project, which sadly closed due to persisting austerity.

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Call for experiences on psychiatric inpatient wards

27 January 2015

We are supporting members to organise and lead their own campaigns.

This campaign is being lead by Hannah MacDonald, who wants to explore the experiences people have had as inpatients on mixed sex wards. Eliminating mixed sex accommodation (EMSA) as been a policy intention since the 1990s but very little research has been carried out in the past 30 years. 

Read more here.

Mental health events

2015

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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