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Experts wanted for North West London Mad Republic

28 May 2015

Are you a resident of one of the following North West London boroughs: Brent, Ealing, Hillingdon, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, Harrow and Hounslow?

We are currently recruiting people with lived experience of mental distrees and carers to establish an alliance of 32 mental health advisors (temporarily named MAD Republic), to advise and influence the North West London Mental Health and Wellbeing Transformation Board of Commissioners.

Application deadline extended to 8 June!

Read all about Mad Republic, the role you could play in it and download the application pack from this page!

Jury returns neglect finding at inquest into restraint death

18 May 2015

Kingsley Burrell, a 29 year old Black man from Birmingham, died on 31 March 2011 following a prolonged and brutal restraint by police and a failure by medical staff to provide basic medical care.  A six week inquest into his death has concluded with a finding of neglect, amidst a raft of other highly critical findings including that police officers lied about the circumstances in which Kingsley was left in seclusion, and that unreasonable force by police contributed to the death.  

Read more here.

Mental Health Taskforce survey

5 May 2015

In March 2015, NHS England announced a new Mental Health Taskforce which will develop a five year national strategy for mental health.

Rethink Mental Illness is a member of the Taskforce and they have joined up with Mind to gather people's views in a survey, which you can access online.

As the responses could influence the future mental health strategy, some of the questions require reflection.


Read more about the Taskforce here.

Samaritans Digital Futures

1 May 2015

If you’ve used online services for support or to look for support for someone else, Samaritans wants to hear from you. Samaritans is running a consultation to explore how people are turning to online services for help and support and to find out whether it might be possible to develop more ways of supporting people online in addition to their current services.  There are several ways to contribute. 

For more information please click here and join the discussion. #Digitalfutures

NSUN members' manifesto launched

30 March 2015

With the general election approaching on the 7th May, NSUN has produced a Members' Manifesto setting out what the next government should do based on what our members have told us.

Our manifesto draws on feedback from our AGM (January 2015,) the top ten list of issues identified by members in our annual survey (2013 and 2014,)  and responses from members to a direct request asking what should be in NSUN’s manifesto.

Read the full Manifesto here.

4Pi National Involvement Standards

31 March 2015




The 4Pi National Involvement Standards (developed and produced by people with lived experience) were formally launched at the NSUN AGM 29 January. Here is the full set of main reports and the companion documents.


Support 4Pi
The National Involvement Partnership (NIP) are inviting organisations to support the standards and help to ensure effective involvement that leads to real improvement in our experiences of services and support.

If your organisation wants to find out how you can support the standards then please visit the website to find out more and download the Statement of Intent.

NSUN member looking for musicians and like-minded enthusiasts

2 April 2015

NSUN member Tim Aigoro is looking for string musicians and a singer for fundraising concerts. Tim is also looking for people to work together on a proposal for a music therapy programme.

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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