NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

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LankellyChase Advisory Group

28 July 2014

LankellyChase would like to offer an opportunity for 2-3 people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) backgrounds with lived experience of mental distress and/or the mental health system to be part of an expert group advising LankellyChase Foundation on a long term programme of activity and funding.

The system is not working for all people from BAME backgrounds and LankellyChase want to create long term change, so are looking for people who can help develop solutions.

Meetings are every other month with some advice needed in between.
There will be payment for time and expenses.

The closing date is 10am 18th of August 2014.

Interviews the week beginnging 25 August.

Find out how to apply here.

Let's get involved

28 July 2014

Over the last two years NSUN has worked with scores of fellow mental health service users to develop new national standards for the proper involvement of people with lived experience.

Our new 4PI are gaining interest from more and more people and organisations.

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Sheffield consultation gives voice to service users

25 July 2014

NSUN has joined nearly 100 people, including many with lived experience, who gathered in Sheffield Town Hall to improve the city’s mental health services.

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NSUN member joins the Cabinet

18 july 2014

Nicky Morgan MP (pictured) has been appointed as secretary of state for education by the prime minister.

Last year, as a Treasury minister, Ms Morgan contacted NSUN and asked to be briefed on issues around mental health and involvement. Subsequently she joined the charity and arranged for NSUN to feed ideas into the Conservative Party manifesto writing process.

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Benefits could be made conditional to accepting mental health treatment

14 July 2014

Work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is said to be looking at making sickness benefits conditional to accepting treatment for claimants with mental health diagnoses.

Dr Sarah Wollaston (pictured) described the proposal as 'unethical' and 'unworkable'.

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A look at 2013 through the eyes of our members

11 July 2014

Every year, NSUN asks its members to express their views via a survey, which helps us see how we are doing and also provides a wider picture of what the year has been like for people with lived experience of mental ill health. The 2013 survey evaluation is just out. 

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NSUN influenced think-tank report published

11 July 2014

The CentreForum think-tank’s mental health commission report ‘The pursuit of happiness’ has been published with evidence gathered from NSUN members.

Chaired by former minister for mental health, Paul Burstow MP, the CentreForum Mental Health Commission concludes its 12 month study on the state of wellbeing in England by identifying five key priorities between now and 2020.

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NHS England promise mental health personal budgets

11 July 2014

NHS England, which commissions primary care and specialist mental health care, is promising a ‘radical’ expansion of personal budgets.

NHS England’s clinical director for mental health Dr Geraldine Strathdee has asked NSUN, and other organisations, to publicise examples of good practice in this area.

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Lived experience at heart of national conference

27 June 2014

NSUN members, health professionals and academics have come together to discuss using service user experience to improve care.

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Research: access to health services for South Asian people living in the UK

12 June 2014

Researcher Sophia Milsom is trying to find out whether South Asian people in England have access to appropriate services and other support if they are in distress or having problems in their general well being.

As part of Sophia's study, an online survey is available in English, Bengali and Urdu. You are eligible to take part if you are of South Asian origin, aged 18 or over and live in the UK. It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete.

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Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat: update

13 June 2013

The Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat is a national agreement between services and agencies involved in the care and support of people in crisis.

Mind has been tasked with helping local areas come together to develop their local Crisis Care Declarations.

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Mental health events

12 June 2014

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.

Free training on managing your mind

6 June 2014

NSUN and the University of York are inviting people who currently access mental health services (or have accessed them in the past) to take a course ran by MindApples on wellbeing, mental effectiveness and resilience.

The training hasn't previously been available to the public so this is a great opportunity to get some support, have fun and help Mindapples improve their services all at the same time.

On 6 June, MindAppples provided us with updated information concerning the course.

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