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Mental Health Task Force announced

24 November

The Deputy Prime Minister announced that he will establish and chair a new Mental Health Taskforce. The new taskforce will include Cabinet ministers from across the coalition government. In October this year, he announced a £120 million investment in mental health.

This will include the introduction in April 2015 of the first ever waiting time standards for mental health in the NHS. Read more here.

4PI: A Framework for Involvement

24 November 2014

The 4PI framework for involvement has been developed by people using services and carers. It is the result of a three year project based on years of work from within the survivor movement. Its main aim was to bring together all that knowledge and expertise in one place.

Some basic principles have been established to encourage people to think of involvement in terms of purposepresenceprocess and impact (4PI). This led to the publication of the 4PI National Involvement Standards. Read Alison Faulkner's blog on 4PI here.

Peerfest 2014

24 November






NSUN attended the peer support festival, Peerfest 2014 in Birmingham last week. Peer support involves people supporting each other as equals through their shared experiences. The event celebrated peer support in many different forms through poetry, music, workshops and debate.

People came together from across the country to share knowledge and make connections, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. Read more here.

Launch of Crisis Care standards

29 October 2014

NSUN attended and presented at the London Crisis Care Concordat launch of the Crisis Commissioning standards with the London Crisis Care Commissioning Guide earlier this week. Naomi James and Ghzala Ahmed presented on the service user and carer perspective of crisis prevention highlighting the importance of improving involvement, better care and crisis planning that follow your journey across a range of supports and resources. You can find out where the next events are happening here.

First ever NHS waiting times for mental health

8 October 2014


•    New waiting time standards & five-year plan to bring treatment for mental health problems on a par with physical health, and end years of discrimination.
•    £120 million to improve mental health services.

Read the full press release here.

NSUN enjoys successful creative team-building day

1 October 2014

Just as meeting the challenge of change is central to sustaining good mental health, 19 NSUN staff, volunteers, board members and trustees joined in a team-building Development Day.

We reflected on using lived past experiences to influence NSUN's future through positive, collaborative, consultative change.

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Local Healthwatch organisations get mental health involvement advice

3 October 2014

As part of ongoing work to promote mental health service user involvement, the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) engaged in dialogue with Healthwatch organisations located in the East Midlands.
A meeting took place help them think about prioritising mental health and involving services users more meaningfully.

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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.

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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