UN Special Rapporteur for Extreme Poverty and Human Rights tours UK

'I have never before received so many submissions in advance of a country visit and I believe this level of engagement indicates a real appetite for a discussion about poverty and human rights in the UK'Read more

SRN seeks new working group members

Following the launch of the SRN Manifesto and review of the future of SRN with NSUN, we are now re-advertising for up to four new members of the SRN Working Group. We are looking for people with a range of different experiences and interests and from different communities to help develop the SRN. The working group meets and communicates online, and the positions are currently voluntary.Read more

NSUN has further concerns about the Mental Health Act Review

Despite a meeting in July between NSUN representatives and the Review Chair and Vice Chairs, little has changed. We continue to have strong misgivings about the Review in human rights terms. NSUN has now written a further letter of strong concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs and, this time, is contacting politicians as well. If you agree with our concerns, please support NSUN’s campaign by sending the letter to your MPRead more

New report on the progress of disability rights in the UK

After the damning assessment by UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) of the failure to protect disabled people’s rights across many areas of life in the UK in August 2017, the UK governments were asked to report back on progress on a number of areas one year on.Read more

Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit - Open Letters

The UK government is hosting a Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London on the 9th and 10th of October, 2018. The Summit aims to “build momentum on global mental health issues such as early intervention, public health, research, tackling stigma, and promoting access to evidence-based services.”. Read the Open Letters to the Organisers, Partners and Delegates of the Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit, LondonRead more

Human Rights breaches in the Mental Capacity (amendment) Bill: an urgent appeal for support from People First

People First, an organisation led by people with learning difficulties, is appealing for support against changes which the government is planning to make to the Mental Capacity Act via its Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill. The situation is now urgent, because the Bill is already progressing within Parliament.Read more

NSUN trustee recruitment 2018

NSUN recruiting Board positions: Chair, Treasurer and Trustees. Are you are interested in being a Trustee with a unique charity? Are you someone who has had experience of mental distress and/or a personal or professional interest in mental health?Read more

Challenge Sheffield and SODIT report launch

Challenge Sheffield and SODIT work with people with lived experience of mental health distress and used a recent grant from Healthwatch Sheffield to hold the Sheffield Mental Health Challenge DayRead more

NSUN's views on 'Mental Health in the Long Term Plan for the NHS'

NHS England has asked stakeholders to contribute views on the challenges of transforming mental health services in the long term.Read more

Call for submissions - poverty evidence

Between 6 and 18 November, Professor Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for extreme poverty and human rights, will be visiting the UK to assess the current situation here. Because  many people with lived experience have been hard hit by austerity measures, NSUN is just about to send the Special Rapporteur a written submission about poverty issues facing us.Read more

NSUN London Leaders Digital Lab: summer 2018

NSUN invites representatives from user-led member groups across London to a FREE networking, sharing and design programme.Read more

Regional network's involvement project is a success

North East together (NEt), a regional network for people with lived experience of mental health conditions, has been running ‘A Weight off Your Mind’, a project to support people in secondary services manage their weight. NEt Secreatry Mish Lorraine reports on how focus groups led to drafting a plan which results from true service user involvement.Read more

Help us lobby the Mental Health Act Review

Due to the disappointing responses to NSUN's strong letter of concern to the Review Chair and Vice Chairs about the approach being taken to the Mental Health Act Review, NSUN is now planning a further letter to the Chair and Vice Chairs and a letter to the leaders of the main political parties and relevant All Party Parliamentary Groups. Can you help with suggestions?Read more

Alternatives to detention/sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983. Can you help with suggestions?

As part of her work for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Dorothy Gould is trying to collect as many examples as possible of alternatives to detention/sectioning.Read more

Stakeholder position statement on the NICE guideline for depression in adults

A request for a second stakeholder consultation of the next revision of the NICE guideline on the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults, prior to its formal publication.Read more

NSUN's key points about the interim report for the Mental Health Act review

The Mental Health Act review has published its interim report. NSUN listed points of interest.Read more

Letter to members on NSUN's future

NSUN Chair, Dr Sarah Carr, alerts members to the current funding situation. Like many other user led organisations, NSUN has found it increasingly difficult to secure core funding.Read more

NSUN's AGM and members' event 2017

Last year over 100 people gathered in Sheffield for our Annual General Meeting and Members' Event.Read more

Survivor Researcher Network launch manifesto

Written by the Survivor Researcher Working Group, the SRN manifesto sets out the background and context to survivor and service user research and SRN's aims and values as a networkRead more

Kindred Minds to meet with UN Special Rapporteur on Health

In his role as NSUN's London and BME Consultant, Raza Griffiths is meeting the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Health on his visit to London next week to discuss how to put BME treatment within the mental health system in the spotlight with the help of the United Nations.Read more

NSUN organises meeting to promote a rights based approach to the Mental Health Act

A meeting to be held on 12 April, to put together ideas for letters to the government and Professor Sir Simon Wessely and for a press release which advocate a human rights approach to current plans to reform the Mental Health Act.Read more

NSUN in Oxford

NSUN has met members of the Arena peer support group and attended a Mad Hatter Tea Party in OxfordRead more

Soul Relics Museum launches crowdfunding campaign

Soul Relics is an archive of objects representing a time of struggle with mental health or personal wellbeing in their owners’ lives AND a storytelling platform.Read more

NSUN attends social prescibing seminar

Westminster Health Forum Keynote Seminar: Where next for social prescribing in England - outcomes, patient choice and costRead more