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NSUN letter to Theresa May

27 July 2016

NSUN have written to the new Prime Minister asking for investment in user-led, community and self-organised support. We have also drawn attention to the National Involvement Standards produced by people with lived experience of distress and carers.

Our letter was forwarded to the Department of Health, who replied on 27 July. You can read both our letter and the DoH's response here.

Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

25 July 2016

Implementing the Five Year Forward View

‘Implementing the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ was published 20th July. It details the improvements people will see on the ground as  the independent Mental Health Taskforce’s recommendations are implemented.

Intended as a blueprint for the changes that the NHS needs to make to improve mental health, the plan sets out what the public and people who use services  can expect from the NHS, and when.

The report outlines how new funding, pledged in response to the Five Year Forward View for Mental Health, will be made available for Clinical Commissioning Groups year on year. It also shows how the workforce requirements will be delivered in each priority area and outlines how data, payment and other system levers will support transparency.

RBUF 10 year anniversary Party!



Everyone is welcome to join RBUF to celebrate their 10th birthday!

There'll be music, refreshments, workshops and activities! No need to book, just drop by on the day!

Date: Thursday 28th July
Time: 10.30am - 3.00pm
Venue: RBUF Office, 142 Drake Street, Rochdale, OL16 1PU

The Rochdale Boroughwide User Forum (RBUF)'s mission is to bring communities together from across the borough in a cooperative effort to ensure that, in every aspect of mental health and social care, the needs and views of people with mental health issues and their carers are taken into account by those who purchase or provide services.

Labour leader scraps mental health post

14 July 2016

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has axed the post of Shadow Minister for Mental Health in a cabinet reshuffle which follows mass resignations in the wake of the EU referendum. The move has disappointed party activists and raised concerns in the mental health sector. Luciana Berger (pictured), who had held the post since its creation, was among those who stood down claiming the referendum had led to changes in the political landscape which meant Labour needed new leadership.

Read the full story

Do you have experience of being restrained?

8 July 2016

NSUN, together with colleagues from PROMISE and the Service User Research Enterprise at Kings College London (SURE) are seeking your direct experience and views on the practice of restraint in order to influence mental health services both in in the UK and internationally.

For more information please click here  - Closing date for replies: 31 July

Investigation launched after pregnant woman is 'wrestled to ground' on NW London mental health ward

17 july 2016

As investigation has been launched into a case of restraint on a North West London mental health ward: an eight months pregnant woman was knocked face down by a male psychiatric nurse who worked for the Central and North West London NHS Trust.

Witness Alison Cameron tweeted: 'I have just witnessed the most horrific display of violence by staff. Pregnant patient wrestled to ground. Horrible horrible horrible.scary.'

Alison Cameron, who has been a patient advocate for years, says the use of force was unnecessary and reported her concerns to the Care Quality Commission.

UN Human Rights Council adopts Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights

1 July 2016

1 July 2016, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a Resolution on Mental Health and Human Rights

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Mental Health and Brexit

26 June 2016

Mark Brown from Social Spider has pulled togather some of the 'questions and worries' and explored what answers are out there and what are still to come in his article Mental Health and Brexit: there is no new normal.

Mellow event

4 July 2016

Mellow event

Let's talk about mental health: Family fun day

Date: Saturday 16th July
Time: 12pm - 6pm
Location: Handsworth Park, Birmingham

Live performances

Drumming and singing
Pampering zone
Health & Wellbeing Stalls

Food, and lots of other activities!

Poster - volunteer advert - volunteer form

For more information call 0121 608 8001 or email info@birminghammind.org

#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.

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.

Support mental health involvement and co-production








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

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.

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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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