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MAD Republic holds first meeting

24 August 2015

Last week NSUN led a networking and induction day at the London Wetlands Centre for the 32 advisors of the Making a Difference (MAD) Mental Health Alliance for North West London.

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NSUN partners up with Oxford's Centre for Values Based Practice

20 August 2015

NSUN has become a project partner with the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice, based at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. One of the aims of Values-based Practice is to empower service users and carers to have more direct control over decisions relating to treatment

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Bristol: Strategic Lead for Service Users and Carers

17 August 2015

Since October 2014, a group of 18 separate organisations ­– each with its own area of expertise – has taken over the provision of mental health services in the city under the banner of Bristol Mental Health. Each were chosen by the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) . Now, the team at the centre of this partnership is looking for someone to take on the role of strategic leader for service users and carers, one of the most fundamental roles to be recruited yet. If you are interested in finding out more about the role and how to apply, please visit the website. Closing date Friday 28th August 12pm.

Thankyou but not goodbye!

1 August 2015

After nearly four years, Kath Lovell is standing down as NSUN chair. But thankfully she's not bidding us goodbye as she'll remain as a Trustee. She's handing the reins over to Dominic Makuvachuma and Sarah Carr who have been voted in by the Board to stand as interim chairs until the next AGM. Kath was a member of the founding group that established the Network in 2006 and has made an enormous contribution to the survivor movement Kath not only led NSUN towards becoming a successful, influential and growing Network, but she is also Managing Director of another national user led organisation, Emergence for the past eight years and was voted runner up in the Deputy Prime Minister's Mental Health Heroes Awards earlier this year. Although Kath is continuing to be part of NSUN, we want to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for her leadership and commitment as Chair.


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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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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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.

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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