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.
MANIFESTO. noun. /ˌmanəˈfestō/
A written statement to publicly declare your intentions, motives, or beliefs. From the Latin manifestus — to manifest, to clearly reveal, to make real.
Our manifesto draws on feedback from our AGM (January 2016,) the top list of issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and our previous manifesto and surveys.
There have been many calls for the government to increase funding for mental health services and promote "parity of esteem" – the legal principle by which mental health is given equal priority to physical health.
Investment in mental health services is vital and a theme that runs throughout our manifesto. But we also believe that “parity of esteem” should not simply apply to the equal treatment of conditions but to the equal treatment of people, which means paying attention to their views.
The previous manifesto was used to organise our contribution to the Mental Health Taskforce 2015/16.
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. Ensure that the policy of ‘getting the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from the right person’ is made a reality
3. Ensure that mental health services 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. Promote alternatives to medication, and reflect the social model of disability, in better person-centred support
8. Reclaim, challenge and revive survivor knowledge and research.
Down load the full version of the Members' Manifesto 2017 here.