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.
This page contains a list of reports, evaluations, strategy documents and publications written by NSUN (sometimes in collaboration with partner organisations and groups). The page also offers a link to a list of documents which we did not write but use as reference material. Both lists are in chronological order.
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Reports and other publications by us (sometimes in association with other organisations or individuals)
- All NSUN financial documents and audited accounts - from 2007 to 2013
- All NSUN governance related documents - from 2006 onwards
- Dancing to Our Tunes: Reassessing BME Mental Health Service User Involvement - by consultant Jayasree Kalathil - This report resulted from collaboration between NSUN and Catch-a-Fiya. It launched a charter and guidelines for BME service user involvement at a time when both the race equality agenda nd user involvemement were sidelined in mental health policy - first edition 2009, reviewed 2011, reprinted 2012
- Dancing to Our Tunes: Reassessing BME Mental Health Service User Involvement - by consultant Jayasree Kalathil - This is the same report as above, but reprinted with amendments in 2013
- Evaluation of the 2010 Members Survey - Every year, NSUN asks its members for their opinions in a survey, which tells us how we are doing and also gives a good overview of the year through the eyes of people with lived experience of mental ill health. This analysis of the 2010 survey was published in 2011
- Unlocking Service User Involvement in Foresensic Settings - Commissioned by NSUN, compiled by Women in Secure Hospitals (WISH) - This report presents findings from a research sponsored by the Tudor Trust and Comic Relief. Tina Coldham, who Chaired NSUN at the time the work was being carried out, described the report as 'a start of more in-depth work to explore the possibilities of meaningful user involvement in forensic settings, to give responsibility to individuals and collectively improve service provision' - published in 2011
- NSUN Strategy for years 2011 to 2016 - by NSUN - compiled in 2011
- NSUN Strategy Executive Summary for years 2011 to 2016 - by NSUN - 2011
- Evaluation of the 2011 Members Survey - by consultant Rachael McGill - published in 2012
- Survivor Research Network Full Survey Results for year 2012 - The Survivor Research Network (SRN), set up to support people with lived experience of mental distress with an interest in research, began as part of the Strategies for Living project in the late 1990s and was hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. It was moved to NSUN in October 2011. NSUN then conducted a survey of SRN members and other members who were interested in research to get some ideas about what kind of support people would need and how best to offer this through the network. This report analyses the survey results - compiled in 2012
- Survivor Research Network Survey Summary for year 2012 - This is the summary of findings which the above analysis relies on - compiled in 2012
- No Decision About Us without Us - Guide compiled by Mental Health Organisations to complement the Strategy and Implementation Guide
- Service users experiences of recovery under the 2008 care programme approach - by consultant Dorothy Gould 2012 .
Introduced in 1991, the Care Programme Approach (CPA) was intended to create greater degrees of coordination between different practitioners and agencies involved with the support of an individual. There have been ongoing questions over whether the Care Programme Approach is an administrative process or a therapeutic approach. This report, grounded on lived experience, gives a vital insight into how people are experiencing the Care Programme Approach and recovery - 2012. You can also read the Executive Summary.
- Mental Health Strategy Guide for Service Users - by NSUN - On the 2 February 2011 the Coalition government launched its mental health strategy, called 'No Health Without Mental Health', which replaced the Labour government's New Horizons document - Produced in 2012, this document summarises and explains the new strategy's aims. It also raises concerns that government policy to date has been inconsistent with delivering those aims
- Personalisation: Making it Happen for Us - by NSUN and partners - 2012
- AGM Report for year 2012 - by NSUN
- Annual Report for years 2011 to 2012 - by NSUN
- Annual Report for years 2012 to 2013 - by NSUN
- Evaluation of the 2012 Members Survey - by consultant Rachael McGill - This is the analysis of the responses collected via the 2012 membership survey
- Mental Health Advocacy and Human Rights - by NSUN and the British Institude for Human Rights (BIHR) - 2013
- West Midlands Values Based Commissioning Report - by Emma Perry, Jo Barber and Elizabeth England - An evaluation of the West Midlands mental health commissioning modelling group and consultations with service users and carers - compiled in 2013
- Network - NSUN Printed Newsletter - Oct 2013
- Collection of NIP Bulletins up to 2013 - by the National Involvement Partnership (NIP), an NSUN project - These e-newsleters were produced independently from the NSUN weekly e-bulletin until the end of 2013, when it was decided to include NIP news within the general NSUN e-bulletin
- Hackney Pilot Site Report: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 - Hackney is one of three pilot sites in England where the 4PI: Mental Health Involvement Standards were introduced - compiled in 2013
- Leaflet providing an overview of the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) - produced in 2013
- 4PI: Mental Health Involvement Standards - 4PI: Principles, Purpose, Presence, Process, Impact: the standards defined by NSUN and the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) - 2013
- London Leaders Magazine - A collection of articles by several individuals with lived experience providing various examples of mental health leadership involvement in London - Coordinated and edited by NSUN in 2013
- Evaluation of the 2013 Members Survey - by Emma Perry - An analysis of the responses to the members survey, with several verbatim quotes - compiled in 2014
- Interim statement on Peer Support Standards, Business Practices and Peer Led Principles - by NSUN and the Peer Led Peer Support Collaboration - The Peer Led Peer Support (PLPS) Collaboration was set up in September 2012 to recognise and establish peer led peer support as a leading force in mental health - compiled in 2014
- Mental Healthwatch Handbook - The aim of the Mental Healthwatch scheme is to support people with experience of mental health conditions to get involved in their local Healthwatch and to advise Healthwatch on the best means of involving service users and improving services in their area 2014
- Influencing Mental Health Services, a guide to Values Based Commissioning - by Amy Whitelock and Emma Perry - Values-based commissioning is a practice where everyone becomes equal partners. This guides explains how to implement this approach - produced in 2014
- Ethnic Inequalities in Mental Health: Promoting Lasting Positive Change - a consultation with Black and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Service Users - by NSUN for the Lankelly Chase Foundation - published in 2014
- Briefing paper on Peer Worker Research Project - led by St Georges University - written by NSUN and Associate Organisations in 2014
- Network - NSUN printed newsletter - July 2 014
- Mental Health Act Code of Practice: consultation response - led by NSUN September 2014
- NSUN Members Manifesto - March 2015
- Restraint in mental health services: What the guidance says and Restraint in mental health services: Influencing change in your area - have been written with Mind. These summarise how organisations should be working to reduce restraint and how you can get involved in influencing care in your area.
Restraint in mental health services: What the guidance says summarises restraint in a mental health setting, including how and when it should be used. It contains key points from the current guidance on restraint, good practice initiatives and stories of how campaigners around the country are making a difference.
Restraint in mental health services: Influencing change in your area is about how to get involved with your local services, campaign for change and, where necessary, how to complain. The voice of service users and carers in a mental health setting can transform lives and improve services. Our guide will support you on this journey and is full of practical information and tips about how you can influence change.
- NSUN MAD Alliance Report 2015-2016 - A report of NSUN's work to establish a service user and carer Allaince accross 8 North West London Boroughs by Naomi Good.
- NSUN MAD Alliance Service User and Carer led EBCD Research Study Report 2016 - by Naomi Good.