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Crisis, what crisis?

26 September 2014

Sarah Yiannoullou, Managing Director at NSUN (National Survivor User Network), reflects on the fact that, despite a recent accumulation of media articles, speeches and other manifesto promises which all concur on the idea that there is 'a mental health crisis', what we actually experience and hear doesn’t match up to the rhetoric.

This article will be published in the next edition of Mental Health Today.

NSUNs Response to the Mental Health Act (1983) Code of Practice consultation

29 September 2014

In 2014, the Government have been consulting on proposed changes to the Mental Health Act 1983 Code of Practice.

You can read the National Survivor User Network (NSUN)'s response on this page.

'Awsome like a crunchy apple' - free training on managing your mind returns

22 September 2014

Earlier this year, NSUN and the University of York invited people who currently access mental health services (or have accessed them in the past) to take a course delivered by MindApples

This training isn't often available to the public, so people promptly registered for 8 weeks sessions which started in June.

The course was a success, with participants leaving enthusiastic comments and MindApples are coming back in November. Register for your free place before the end of the month.

Read the latest update

Emotional CPR certification training to take place in Perth

22 September 2014

Emotional CPR (eCPR) is a public health education program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis.

Daniel B. Fisher (pictured), M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Empowerment Center in America will lead two separate certificated training programmes on eCPR in PLUS Perth, Scotland.

The first course is due to start on 6 October. You can read more and register via our events item here.

Accessible Britain Challenge

15 September 2014

The Accessible Britain Challenge campaign was launched on 4 September by Mark Harper, Minister of State, for Disabled People.

Disabled people face barriers in their everyday lives that prevent them from being full and active members of the community.

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Care and Support: A Human Rights Approach to Advocacy

1 September 2014

A new project led by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) has received funding for the next three years. NSUN is one of six partners involved in the work. The main aim is to realise the potential of human rights law to make sure people with mental health and capacity issues are treated with dignity and their rights respected.

Read the full press release here.

No Assumptions - A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in mental Health

1 September 2014

No Assumptions – A Narrative for Personalised, Coordinated Care and Support in Mental Health describes the critical outcomes and success factors in the care, support and treatment of people who use mental health services, from their perspective. No Assumptions has been co-produced with people who have lived experience of mental illness from Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) National Co-production Advisory Group, together with organisations including the National Survivor User Network (NSUN), Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and Certitude. It includes a number of case studies that show how good personalised, coordinated care in mental health services can be achieved around England. The narrative will help NHS and council commissioners and providers of services to organise person-centred care and recovery-oriented support for mental and physical health and to know when they are achieving it.
Read the full report here.

NSUN works with Healthwatch England to improve hospital discharge

29 August 2014

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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Let's get involved

29 August 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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A look at 2013 through the eyes of our members

29 August 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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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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