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‘A Better Understanding of Psychiatry’s Social Contract’

24 July 2015

NSUN attended the lauch of ‘A Better Understanding of Psychiatry’s Social Contract’, a report by the Mental Health Foundation. The work focuses on the nature of the “contract” between psychiatry and society, and asks what responsibilities and expectations are there on both sides to enable high quality NHS psychiatric care to be provided across the UK.

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NSUN attends Healthwatch event in Kingston Upon Thames

24 july 2015

NSUN attended the Healthwatch Kingston Upon Thames ‘Lunch and Launch’ event for people using local mental health services. NSUN's Managing Director Sarah Yiannoullou was able to tell attendees about Mental Healthwatch and the Members’ Manifesto.

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Mental health inpatient wards are not safe

20 July 2015

People do not feel safe on inpatient wards according to the findings of a new piece of research by NSUN member Hannah McDonald.

Hannah’s investigation into 45 people’s experiences of inpatient wards across the country found that 67% did not feel safe on the ward and 68% had experienced stigma and discrimination from staff members.

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Take part in research on physical restraint

20 July 2015

A study team at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) are looking for people to take part in one-to-one interviews of approximately 1 hour with a researcher about their experiences of physical restraint or witnessing physical restraint during their time as a patient on a CPFT adult mental health ward. Can you help contributing your experience?

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NSUN participates in technology for mental health research

11 july 2015

NSUN took part in a workshop on technology for mental health, involving researchers, service users and project leaders. The day consisted in group activities and presentations which explained what technologies could soon do for mental health, learning disabilities and dementia.

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From service users to chart musicians

11 July 2015

NSUN attended the launch of Refuge's second album, moving in wards, which is part of a wider project bringing music to mental health wards, healing souls and discovering talents. Supporting act Kyle Coleman (pictured) was also launching his second album as part of a national autism awareness campaign.

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Feedback needed ahead of mental health trust inspection

3 July 2014

As part of a national investigation into mental health care, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) are inspecting North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust. NSUN has been contracted to collect views from people who have accessed services at the Trust during the past 12 months.

To know more and give your views, please click here.

Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed

29 June 2015

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed at the beginning of July. Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) have compiled stories - how the Proposed Closure of the ILF Fund will affect lives.

Petitions were handed over outside Downing Street Tuesday 30 June at 11.30am, for the event 'It Ain't Over - ILF Closing Ceremony and March for Independent Living', calling on the Prime Minister to protect disabled people’s right to independent living.

Over 25,000 signatures had been collected online previous to the event.

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Calling young people with experience of post traumatic stress

11 June 2015

NSUN member Akikur Rahman is a creative Londoner working on a new member's campaign: a collaborative film project involving young people with experience of post traumatic stress.

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Report: Engaging people with lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage

19 June 2015

In December 2014 and January this year, NSUN participated to research led by Shaping Our Lives and User Voice, who had been commissioned by a funder to support them in their ambition to become more user led in their funding and decision making processes.

A report has now been published.

North East mental health network strengthens bond with NSUN

29 May 2015

North East Together (NEt) is to be hosted by NSUN as an independent affiliate organisation. A shared ethos and long history of working cooperatively have led both organisations to strenghten their bond.

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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.

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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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