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Theresa May's first speech of 2017 focuses on mental health

9 January 2017

'Promises promises' This seems to be the general reaction to the Prime Minister's speech at the Charity Commission's annual lecture on 9 January. The PM spoke of the 'burning injustices' and chose to focus on "the burning injustice of mental health". Many have welcomed the announcement and some are'delighted'. However, the main criticism is that very little is new and very little will make a difference to those who have been hardest hit by cuts, conditions and coercion. And what about the context which fosters the counrty's mental health cisis?

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Section 136 pathway launches in London

December 2016

Naomi Good spoke on behalf of the mental health movement at the launch of S136 Pathway, a pan London initiative to improve mental health crisis care in the capital. The mayor, Sadiq Khan welcomed the move, and also gave a speech, alongside representatives of organisations and groups involved.

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Mental health movement mourns Ruth Chandler

December 2016

The mental health movement is in shock following the passing of influential figure Ruth Chandler. Ruth was a major voice in user-led research. Involved in projects about youth mental health and psychosis, Ruth was writing a book. People have contacted the National Survivor User Notwork (NSUN) with tributes to a much missed colleague.

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NSUN joins over 160 groups asking the Prime Minister not to abandon the Human Rights Act

December 2016

Along with 163 other groups, we have signed a letter drafted by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) asking the Prime Minister to drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. The letter was delivered to Theresa May on Human Rights Day 2016. This article contains the letter as well as a contact to obtain the full list of signatories.

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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'.

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.

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.

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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

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.

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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.

#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

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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