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NSUN AGM national gathering and Shaping Our Lives report launch event

18 April

Thrive: building for a better future

Date: Wednesday 8th June 2016
10.30am - 4.30pm
BVSC Birmingham, B5 6DR

10.30               Arrive – Tea and coffee / networking
NSUN AGM Business
Members’ Soap Boxes
13.15               Lunch and networking

Welcome back
               Launch of From mental illness to a social model of madness and distress’ report and panel discussion
15.30               Closing comments – what next?
16.30               Close!

Download the flyer here.

RSVP to:info@nsun.org.uk

Call for co-production in social innovation examples

18 April 2016

SCSN is looking for practical examples of where people using services have been involved in the co-production of innovative social approaches to mental health from across the country, and gather information on what has been achieved.
NSUN is particularly interested in exploring the different understandings of co-production and sharing learning about the challenges and difficulties of the co-production process.


Email: info@nsun.org.uk

#NSUNthrive10 campaign

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.

A Day in the Life - final report

1 April 2016

The research project 'A Day In The Life' started with the question 'what happens when you ask people with mental health difficulties to write about their everyday life?'. Participants submitted 700 words describing a day in their life. The write-ups where uploaded unedited on the internet. Centre for Mental Health and social Spider CIC analysed some of the uploaded accounts.

DPAC Paula Peters applauded on the tube

28 March 2016

On her way back from protesting against the latest cuts at the Houses of Parliament, DPAC campaigner Paula Peters was approached by a woman on the tube. Unsure whether she'd be met with support or abuse, Paula was first hesitant to tell people in the carriage who she was. Her decision to stand up proud was met with applause. Read her story.

Force disability charity to sever links with MPs who voted ESA cuts

March 2016

Mental health organisation National Survivor User Network (NSUN) supports DPAC's campaign to force disability charities to sever links with MPs who voted the latest ESA cuts

Take part in this campaign

Call for written evidence for inquiry into the future of JobCentre Plus (JCP)

23 March 2016

The Work and Pensions Committee is asking for written evidence for its inquiry into the future of JobCentre Plus (JCP)

Read the full story

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

The Mental Health Taskforce report was published Monday 15th February following the Prime Minister's 'Life Chances' speech and on the same day that BBC One launched its In The Mind season.

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.

Tweets from the London Mental Health Crisis Care Summit

29 February 2016

NSUN attended the London Mental Health Crisis Care Summit on 25 february 2016. We tweeted from the event. This is the list of tweets we sent, followed by a collection of related articles available on the web.

Read more here

LGBT mental health: recent articles

16 February 2016

As LGBT History Month is celebrated in the UK this February, we have collected recently published articles about LGBT mental health.

Read more here

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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

NHS commits to major transformation in mental health care

15 February

The NHS in England today (Monday 15 February 2016) commits to the biggest transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a generation, pledging to help more than a million extra people and investing more than a billion pounds a year by 2020/21. It is making the move in response to the final report of an independent taskforce

Read the full press release here

Sad and shocking story of Sarah Reed

3 February 2016


Sarah Reed - Black woman and mother who was subject to police brutality and whose assault was caught on camera that eventually led to the dismissal of Metropolitan Police Constable James Kiddie, has been found dead in her cell at Holloway Prison London. 

Read Lee Jasper’s article here

Uproar as council proposes to close mental health centre

8 February 2016

Harrow council has announced it would not renew the contract for the Bridge Mental Health Centre, leading to uproar among the community.

Read the full story

Influence change in the use of restraint in mental health services

15 January 2016

NSUN and Mind have produced a resource  for people who want to change the practice of restraint in mental health services and end the use of force, particularly on adult mental health wards.

Please read on for more information and a link to download the guide.

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.

Read the full story

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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