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The Comprehensive Spending Review and its impact on the mental health world

27 November 2015

Writing for NSUN Mark Brown (@markoneinfour) explores what the next five years might hold for people with mental health difficulties.

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Take part in research on managing type 2 diabetes and mental health

25 November 2015

If you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and either schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder or depression with psychotic features, researchers at City University London would like to invite you to complete a questionnaire.

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NSUN members offered free places at events

18 November 2015

The organisers of these events have free places for NSUN members, on a first come first served basis. Take a look:

Two Healthcare UK events - 1 and 14 December in London

Online resource launches to improve mental health prevention

11 November 2015

Mental Health 4 Life, a new free online learning resource which both professionals and members of the public can use to promote self care and mental health prevention, launched on 11 November 2015 at the House of Commons.

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Job Opportunity - Service User Researcher

11 November 2015

Population Health Research Institute - St Georges University of London (SGUL)
Salary: £25,023 to £30,738 per annum pro rata
Conditions: Part time (17.5 hours) fixed term for 9 months
Closing Date: Monday 30 November 2015

To know more and apply, please visit here

CQC Consultation

11 November 2015

In Building on strong foundations, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) asks for your views on how regulation can develop -  ahead of the next stage of consultation on  new strategy in January 2016. Deadline for comments back is 22 November

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Peer-led self-management courses from Together and the Mental Health Foundation

9 November 2015

Together and the Mental Health Foundation will be running peer led Self Management courses within the Together Southwark Wellbeing Hub service, Thames Reach Employment Academy from November 2015. Together is currently looking for volunteers from Southwark who have used their experiences of mental distress to support others though difficult times, to take part in the first course.

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Manchester mental health services in deep crisis

2 November 2015

Manchester Users Network leader and NSUN member, Alan Hartman warns of the deepening crisis in Mental Health Services that puts even more people at risk of suicide.

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Organisations and consultants needed to help deliver new peer support model

29 November 2015

Hosted by NSUN and in partnership with Lankelly Chase, INSIGHT is a new, radical organisation developed by people with experience of multiple and complex needs.

Aiming to create a transformational model which empowers staff, service users and service providers in a new way, INSIGHT is offering up to 12 months free of charge expertise to improve service user involvement within 3 organisations that share INSIGHT's vision and are willing to receive services for free in order to test the INSIGHT model.

In order to achieve its goals, INSIGHT is also looking for individuals to become involvement consultants.

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NICE to consult on forthcoming guidance

29 October 2015

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) alerts individuals and organisations to an upcoming consultation on the draft scope for the NICE guideline on service user and carer experience of adult social care.

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Age UK focuses on mental health

29 October 2015

Each year, Age UK selects an area of focus for service development around the health and wellbeing of older people. This year the focus is mental health – and specifically, depression. Age UK knows that depression is the most common mental health issue in older age, but its significance is often underestimated.

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Support mental health involvement and co-production

7 October 2015







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 attends CQC State of Care Launch

19 October 2015

NSUN have attended the launch of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)'s report on the state of health and adult social care in England.

In addition to findings concerning huge variations in quality of care, the CQC reported that people are receiving care that is not acceptable, rating 7% of services as inadequate.

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NSUN seeks music therapist

1 October 2015

We are seeking a London-based Music Therapist to lead, help set up and establish a Music Therapy Programme for all our (many) members.

This is a voluntary but professional vacancy that could lead to a permanent position.

This vacancy should suit a recently unemployed Music Therapy university graduate with considerable or vast work placement experience.

More information about this role is available here.

A film about LGBTQ+ mental health in austerity London

26 September 2015

Polarised is a short film about LGBTQ+ Mental Health in Austerity London. Including interviews, poetry and live action it seeks to tell the stories of the thousands of young LGBTQ+ people with mental ill health and bearing the brunt of cuts to funding.

This is an amazingly frank video, which touches on topics which some people may find triggering: there are disussions about suicide, eating disorders, and rape. There are also some explicit scenes of self-harm and drug use, as well as use of flashing lights.

To watch the film, please click here

Coroner demands government takes action to prevent future deaths of disability benefit claimants

20 September 2015

A coroner has demanded that the government takes action to prevent future deaths of disability benefit claimants, after concluding in a “ground-breaking” inquest verdict that a disabled man killed himself as a direct result of being found “fit for work”.  It is believed to be the first time that a coroner has blamed the work capability assessment (WCA) process for directly causing the death of a claimant.

Disabled activists believe it could prove a huge breakthrough in the fight against the government’s welfare reforms. Read on.

Mental Health Task Force Engagement Report

2 September 2015

PRESS RELEASE: MORE THAN 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages.

Better access to high quality services, a wider choice of treatments, more focus on prevention, more funding and less stigma were the top five calls for change by 2020.

The results of the Mental Health Taskforce: Engagement Report have been published and will be discussed during a session at the NHS England Expo 2015 conference.

Read more here.

NSUN members' manifesto

30 March 2015

Our Members' Manifesto sets out what the government should do based on what our members have told us in feedback from our AGM (January 2015), in the top ten list of issues identified in our annual members survey (2013 and 2014), as well as in responses to a direct request asking what should be in NSUN’s manifesto.

Read the full Manifesto 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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