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World Mental Health Day 2017

10 October 2017

World Mental Health Day 2017This year marks the 25th anniversary since the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) founded the awareness day in 1992. Since then people all over the world have been holding events, making announcements and raising awareness of themed issues for World Mental Health Day. This year's theme is Mental Health in the Workplace - addressing the value of promoting well-being in work settings of all kinds.

Read some thoughts about this year's World Mental Health Day:

A Day if Contradictions by Sarah Yiannoullou

A Cause for Celebration by Mark Brown 

Review of Mental Health Act

5 October 2017

The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found hereThe terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work.

UN accuses UK government of causing a human catstrophe

August 2017

Following a civil society report, which NSUN participated to, and activists presenting evidence in Geneva, the United Nations has criticised the UK government's austerity policies very openly for the second time, saying that the consequences for disabled communities amount to a human catastrophe. Last year, the UN had already published a damning report which the UK government refuted.

Read more here

NSUN's response to the Mental Health Act survey report

26 June 2017


The Mental Health Alliance published a report of the Mental Health Act survey 'A Mental health Act fit for tomorrow - An agenda for reform' 23 June 2017.

As a member of the Mental Health Alliance, NSUN welcomed the possibility of research that was designed to gather views on the principles of the Mental Health Act from those who use mental health services, are a family member, or carer or a mental health professional. This is particularly important following Theresa May’s announcement of her intention to reform the Mental Health Act. Whilst NSUN supported the need for a Mental Health Act survey we are unable to endorse the Mental Health Alliance report for a range of reasons.

Read more here.

The Queen's speech 2017

26 June 2017

'My Government will reform mental health legislation and ensure that mental health is prioritised in the National Health Service in England.' 

Last week the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s agenda for the coming session. This included the statement above which appears to commit to working ‘towards a new Mental Health Act’, with a review of the current legislation and the implementation of the Act on the ground, rather than the rumoured Mental Health Treatment Bill.

We see this as an opportunity to strongly advocate for a rights-based Mental Health Act and investment above and beyond NHS provided services. The voluntary sector and local authorities need to be sufficiently resourced to support people and respond to a whole range of issues that negatively impact on the wellbeing of communities.

NSUN Members' Manifesto 2017

1 April 2017

Our revised Members' Manifesto 2017 draws on feedback from our AGM and members' event (June 2016), priority issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and responses from members to a direct request asking what should be in NSUN’s manifesto.

Our revised 2017 manifesto sets out what we aim to do to:

1. Address the injustice and harm that have been caused by cuts to public funding and changes to the benefits system

2. Make the policy of ‘getting the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from the right person’ a reality

3. Pressure mental health services to make the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ a reality at all levels, through meaningful involvement in decisions about our own individual care and genuine co-production to develop services

4. Work together with people from socially deprived and marginalised communities to determine their support and develop alternatives  

5. Challenge institutionalised discrimination and put equality back on the agenda for mainstream mental health services     

6. Call for a reform of the Mental Health Act 2007 to make it fully compliant with human rights legislation and ensure that people are not harmed or abused 

7. Reflect the social model of disability and promote informed choice and alternatives to medicationin better person-centred support

8. Reclaim, challenge and revive survivor knowledge and research

NSUN among charities calling on Theresa May to fund much needed change in mental health

February 2017

Sixty-nine charity leaders, including NSUN, have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a revised funding settlement for health and care. The charities describe the current pressure on health and care as “not acceptable or tenable.”

The signatories also call for the development of models of care that work for people with chronic needs and a reaffirmation of the government’s backing for the Five Year Forward View. The Budget on Wednesday 8 March provides the Prime Minister with a chance to help resolve the crisis facing health and care services.

Download the full letter from the National Voices website

Tribute to Philip Morgan (1965 - 2017)

June 2017

Philip 'Spirit' Morgan (1965 - 2017) sadly just passed away, leaving a big empty space.

In this beautiful and touching tribute, Jayasree Kalathil remembers him as a 'fellow traveler', 'a brother'.

Read more here

Remembering Patricia Chambers

13 February 2017

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Patricia Chambers died last year. Patricia was a leading light for the BME survivor movement, involved and active both locally and nationally.

We shared an office with Catch-a-Fiya when NSUN was established and Patricia was newly appointed as the Catch-a-Fiya Manager in 2009. Patricia led work on the Dancing To Our Own Tunes recommendations to develop the TOOTS charter and was a huge support, advocate and motivator for those who worked with her.

Patricia was involved in many initiatives and organisations and leaves an inspiring legacy. Jayasree Kalathil has written a moving tribute which you can read on the NSUN Facebook page

Our thoughts are with all who knew and loved Patrica.

A tribute to Robert Dellar

January 2017

A fierce intellect and a pioneer activist - A compasionate activist, author, artist and comrade, Robert Dellar (1964 - 2016) touched the lives of many, writes Ruth Hunt.

ROBERT DELLAR was an activist, author and pioneer in the mental health survivors movement. He was a one-off. A truly remarkable man, who was sharply intelligent, with a mischievous wit and deep compassion.

Local council called upon to set up primary care service

April 2017

NSUN member John Knapp has compiled a very well researched dossier which has been enthusiastically received by Labour MP Peter Kyle. This dossier outlines the need for a primary care service which John believes Brighton and Hove council should set up. John's open letter to Brighton and Hove is here.

NSUN contributes to Civil Society report highlighting current toxic debate around Human Rights

8 February 2017

The UK is undergoing a Human Rights Check. This happens every 4.5 years, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which is led by the United Nations.

NSUN is among civil society organisations which contribute to the process.

Read more here

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?

Read more here

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.

Read more here

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.

Read more 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.

Read the full story

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.

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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

#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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