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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Coming up! NSUN AGM & Members' Event

27 January 2015

NSUN invites all members to this opportunity to have a direct input into how the network progresses and develops.

This year, the event takes place in Holborn, central London:

Date: Thursday 29 January 2015
Venue: Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL
Time: 10.30am - 5.30pm

Booking is essental.

You can find out more on our dedicated AGM page, where you can also download a PDF version of the agenda and obtain details about arranging travel costs.

Members Campaign

27 January 2015

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

Our first has been advertised in previous bulletin and is being lead by Hannah MacDonald. Hannah 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.

NSUN Members' Survey

27 January 2015

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is seeking the views of members and stakeholders in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. Your opinions really matter to us - your responses not only help us shape the future of the organisation but also find out what issues you think are most important. You can read the reports from previous surveys and the top issues for members here.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

The deadline for responses is 30 January 2015

We would like to thank you in advance for giving up your time to complete this survey. 

You can complete the Survey here.

4PI: A Framework for Involvement

27 January 2015

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.

We're also consulting on indicators for involvement based on 4Pi. Read more here.

Do you receive services from Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust?

27 January 2015

CQC has been collating pre-inspection questions from service users and carers.

If you or a friend or family member have received services from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust then this is an opportunity to share your views and experiences with CQC to ensure they receive as much information as possible in advance of the inspection due at the end of February.

You can download the questionnaire here.

Please email the questionnaire by 11th February to Laura Paterson.             

Getting Creative in the North East

12 January 2015

NSUN in partnership with North East together (NEt) ran a two day Creative Leadership course on the 8th and 9th of January 2015 at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The programme was for people living in the North East who are using or have used mental health services. Sixteen people came together to share experiences and learning about what works for them in gaining and maintaining their wellbeing. Previous programmes have been held in Leicester and London.

You can read more about the two day programme here.

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.

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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