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Ask the UK Prime Miniter to drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act

November 2016

Join The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) - Network for Mental Health - in a web thunderclap on 10 December. Add your voice to ask the Prime Minister to drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

Read more here

Shape the Prevention Concordat for Mental Health

November 2016

In response to a key recommendation within the independent Mental Health Taskforce report Five Year Forward View for Mental Health’ Public Health England are leading the development of a Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health Programme. The work is currently in the stakeholder engagement phase which includes 4 regional stakeholder events we can take part in.

For places and dates, please click here

Government must revisit funding for health and social care a lot sooner than 2020

November 2016

The voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors have reacted to the 2016 autumn statement saying that the 'government have got it wrong' and the deepening crisis in health and social care must be addressed now.

Read more here

Mental Health Act Report proves the need for 4Pi

November 2016

The Care Quality Commission's report Monitoring the Mental Health Act has been published. The report looks at the quality of care that the 57 NHS trusts and 161 independent hospitals provide for people under the Mental Health Act in England. As well as worrying variations in service quality and limited awareness and access to advocacy, the report states that services are still not routinely involving patients in their treatment. This is just one of the reasons the 4Pi National Involvement Standards were produced by people using services and carers. Read the full report here.

Concerns for our Human Rights

16 November 2016

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is very concerned by the recent government rejection of a key UN report highlighting systemic violations of the rights of disabled people in the UK. Concerns are compounded by the fact that mental health legislation remains in breach of Human Rights.

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More worry about the rights of the disabled community as government green paper is perceived by campaigners as 'unethical' and 'cruel'.

UK Disability History Month 2016

16 November 2016

UK Disability History Month starts on 22 November. This year, the focus is on the language used to talk about disability. Whilst ser led organisation Shaping Our Lives celebrate disabled heroines, Peter Beresford OBE reminds all that we still face a context of continuing austerity.

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Mental Health Act Survey

3 November 2016

The survey is designed to gather your views on the principles of the Mental Health Act and how people’s rights are currently protected, where this is working well and what could be changed and improved.

If you have experience of the Mental Health Act, this is your chance to be heard. Whether you have experience of mental illness, are a family member, carer or loved one, or a mental health professional, we’d love to hear from you.

Take part in the survey here.

Rethink Your Mind project now runs two creative competitions




Poems, artwork and photography are to be created from the sentence: I feel better when I am....It’s FREE to enter and is open to all UK residents of any age…

Two competitions, open to poets and visual artists

You have until noon on 10 February 2017. To take part, please visit the Rethink Your Mind participation page

NSUN calls for radical rethink of 'Medically Unexplained Symptoms'

November 2016

The ‘Medically Unexplained Symptoms’ (MUS) Conference, which took place on 21 October 2016, stirred some debate amongst medical professionals, although few people with lived experience were present to join the discussions.

Read the full story (with link to NSUN presentation)

NSUN gets organisers to take down stigmatising Halloween ads

25 October 2016

Lucky Voice, a company which offers Karaoke bar entertainment, have apologised to the NSUN membership for using stigmatising mental health imagery in advertising material it took down after we complained.

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Death of Sini Lewis: no homicide charges to be brought against NHS Trust

October 2016

Six years after Seni Lewis’s death, the CPS has confirmed that South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLAM) will not face any criminal charges following the corporate homicide investigation by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary which began in August 2015.

Sini's mother said: ' we are still no closer to the truth. We have been shamefully let down '

To read the full press release, please visit this page

NSUN film launched for World Mental Health Day 2016

10 October 2016

The theme of this year’s World Mental Health Day is “psychological first aid”. You can read the full message from the World Health Organisation and access the resources for the day, on this page.

NSUN is celebrating the 10th October and its 10 year anniversary with the launch of a short film. You can view the film on NSUN's YouTube channel here.

Thank you to everyone who has supported NSUN over the last 10 years and contributed to the #NSUNthrive10 campaign.

Victory for Manchester Service Users

October 2016

On 7 October 2016, Manchester Deserves Better, a user led campaign, was celebrating a legal victory saving essential local mental health services.

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Inquest opens into death of 15 year old in mental health detention

16 September 2016

Christopher Brennan died at Bethlem Hospital on 31 August 2014. He was 15 years old and had been admitted to hospital as a voluntary patient 6 weeks earlier following several incidents of self harming.

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NSUN AGM and Members' event 2016: materials published

September 2016

Over 100 people attended the NSUN AGM and members' event tin June.  This was a joint event with Shaping Our Lives who launched the report From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress. The report, films and photos are here.

Restraint must be an absolute last resort

7 september 2016

NSUN member calls for a culture change within mental health services.


Read Suzie Billingham's blog

NSUN members action needed to save Number Ten

22 August 20196

The Number Ten project is a service user led initiative based in Hounslow.

It is last of its kind, the Hounslow area having seen three similar projects forced into closure due to funding cuts and location redevelopment. Please show your solidarity with other user led projects by taking three steps online.

Ongoing fight to save Devon community mental health facility

10 August 2016

A member of NSUN alerted us to an ongoing campaign to save a facility where adults and older people can access mental health services. The fight to stop the closure of St John's Court, Exmouth's only mental health unit, has been raging for over a year, with the campaign attracting celebrity support from Ruby Wax and Stephen Fry.

Read the full story

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.

#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

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

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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