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

NSUN survivor researchers feed into mental health project and concensus conference

The researchers contributed in the ‘EURIPIDES’ research project which focuses on understanding which approaches to collecting and using patient experience data are the most useful for supporting improvements in inpatient mental health care.Read more

“I warned services he would die if he didn’t get help”

Headline findings from research into deaths by suicide. In 2017 The Suicide Crisis charity started a research project into deaths by suicide which involved attending every inquest which was a possible suicide in the county it operates in.Read more

BME mental health service users launch manifesto

The Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led manifesto is a unique resource, has been written by BME mental health service users and has a comprehensive vision for the policy and practice changes needed to improve the mental well-being of BME mental health service users.Read more

Participate in a campaign for Human Rights (blogs wanted!)

Human Rights are fundamental and currently under threat in the UK, with the proposed Brexit withdrawal Bill taking away the Charter of Rights which is essential protection for all, especially for minority groups such as mental health survivors.Read more

The drugs do work...for some people, some of the time!

We've always known that some anti-depressants work for some people. This doesn't mean that the whole medical model should feel validated or justifiedRead more

Draft NICE guideline Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults not fit for purpose

The current draft guideline on the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults is not fit for purpose. A number of mental health organisations, including NSUN, came together to write a letter to Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE, to formally request a further full stakeholder consultation of the next revision of the guideline on the Recognition and Management of Depression in Adults, prior to its formal publication.Read more

NSUN reviews the CQC's 'Monitoring the Mental Health Act'

Any mental health system and the law that governs it should guarantee that the rights of those treated by it are protected, respected and put into practice. New evidence from The Care Quality Commission reveals that for people experiencing severe mental distress, too often this isn’t the case.Read more

NSUN co facilitates Deep Democracy session on disability employment

Over 30 people attended the event held on 13 February at the Plexal in Stratford. NSUN and partners, CHANGE, Shaping Our Lives, Disability Rights UK and NDTi, have facilitated a number of workshops and events over the last month looking at the barriers and potential solutions around employment for disabled people.Read more

NSUN members to get involved in the Mental Health Act Review

NSUN members can influence the review in several ways. Please read on.Read more

Disability rights activist nominated among '100 years on' women trail blazers

It is thanks to Linda Burnip and DPAC that the United Nations were made aware of the terrible consequences that austerity cuts have on the lives of people who live with disabilities, such as mental ill health.Read more

2 years since the publication of the The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health

NSUN lobbied for the 4Pi National Involvement Standards to be included in the Five Year forward View for Mental Health as a main recommendation to underpin the principles and practice of co-production. Although not making it as a recommendation in its own right the framework was included as an example of good practice to draw on.Read more

Victory for mental health activists as Esther McVey stands down from Samaritans Advisory Board

Furore erupted last week when it was confirmed that McVey, whose benefits sanctions policy has been blamed for suicides among claimants, was part of the advisory board of a charity that offers a listening ear to suicidal people.Read more