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Healthy Lives London project

24 May 2016

Improving physical health for people diagnosed with serious mental illnesses


How do you think improvements can be made to the physical health and physical wellbeing of people diagnosed with serious (enduring) mental illnesses?

NSUN has been commissioned by the Healthy London Partnership mental health programme to create an engagement opportunity with Londoners.

This is a paid opportunity to influence guidance and best practice documentation designed to improve people’s physical health.

Are you someone who has been diagnosed with a serious (enduring) mental illness, or are a family member or unpaid carer, live in London?

If you are available to attend two workshop days with health professionals on the following dates:

Wednesday 15th June
Wednesday 8th July

To find out more and to apply click here.

Co-produced innovation in mental health

9 May 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.

To share examples contact info@nsun.org.uk


An SCSN and NSUN Co-Produced Conference will be taking place 

Wednesday 15 June - 9.30 to 4.30

Indian YMCA,  41 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 6AQ

To book and find out more click here. Download the flyer here.

Forthcoming conference: Mental Health and Cultural Diversity

Leicester, 22 - 24 June, Devonshire Place Leicester, 78 London Road, Leicester, LE2 ORA
Day 1 8:30am - 7pm, day 2 8am - 7pm, day 3 8am - 3pm
Day 1 followed by civic reception and arts performance, day 2 followed by conference dinner, day 3 followed by closing ceremony

NSUN is among the sponsors of this conference, which aims at discussing and debating a range of appropriate and acceptable services for people from diverse cultural communities around the world.

For more information, including a full programe, themes, speakers and registration links, please click here

Please note that registration closes on 10 June.

Participate in research led by Middlesex University

Middlesex University is looking for 30 participants aged 18 years and up for a user-led study exploring service user experiences of being victimized because of their mental health problems and what adult safeguarding should do.

For more information and how to take part, please read here

NSUN AGM national gathering and Shaping Our Lives report launch event

18 April

Booking closed as of 25 May. We're keeping a waiting list in case people cancel.

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

#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.

Queen's Speech 2016: what caught our attention

The Queen's Speech 2016 introduced 20 new bills. The focus was on reforming the prison system and on counter terrorism. Mental health was mentioned as part of prison / policing reforms announcements. Another point which caught our attention was the confirmation of the goverment's intentions to replace the Human Rights Act with a British bill of rights.

Read more here

Research: effects of the Prevent agenda on the health and education sectors

Amrit Singh, a human rights lawyer at the Open Society Justice Initiative is researching (from a human rights perspective) the effects of Prevent in the health and education sectors with a view to producing a report/briefing papers on the subject that could be used to advocate for reform.

For more information and how to take part, please read here

Victory for tireless mental health service user campaign: Harrow Council decides to save 'The Bridge'

5 May 2016

Effective tireless campaigning by determined service users had Harrow Council caving in and coming back on its decision to cut funding for the Bridge mental health centre.

Read more here

Talk for Health receive funding to continue mental health programes in Islington

9 May 2016

Talk for Health are delighted to have received further funding from Islington CCG to continue their work supporting the mental health and wellbeing of Islington residents.

Talk for Health have worked hard in Islington building a supportive and caring community all talking for a fit mind and will continue until at least March 2017.

Read more here

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.

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

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

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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