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

The collective voice of user/survivors from racialised groups: reigniting the space

Despite setbacks, people from racialised groups have continued to work within our communities and local areas, often in isolation and without access to sustainable resources. What has been difficult to achieve is a national forum to facilitate networking, information sharing and collaboration between groups, and tosustain a collective political voice.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

Mental health PIP court case: government backs down

The DWP will not appeal the High Court ruling in the case won by the Public Law Project and their mental health client RF in December.Read more

Hard hiting play encourages black men to explore mental wellbeing

Menologues, a new initiative to encourage black men to explore their mental wellbeing, premieres its first play at mac BirminghamRead more

Legendary BME activist launches book

Legendary BME mental health activist, academic and former psychiatrist, Suman Fernando, has launched his most recent book entitled “Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health”Read more

Survivor researchers influencing Mental Health Act Review

Members of the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN) have met with Steven Gilbert (one of three Vice chairs for the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act Panel) to discuss what support and guidance could be provided to organisations who will be selected to facilitate focus groups.Read more

Support needed to help with the launch of Kindred Minds Manifesto

The Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led manifesto and report needs funding for copy editing, design, publication and launch.Read more

Mental Health Leaders awarded in New Year's Honours

Leaders Kathryn Livinston and Poppy Jaman were awarded medals in the 2018 New Year's Honours, in recognition of their services to the mental health community.Read more

High Court finds some PIP rules unlawfully discriminatory

The High Court has found that part of the rules governing Personal Independence Payments are unlawfully discriminatory against people with mental health impairmentsRead more

Mental Health Act Review: lobby your MP

Government plans for Mental Health Act reform: don’t forget to lobby your MP if you share NSUN’s concernsRead more

December 2017 news from the London network

The London network co-ordinator shares national and local news: Race Disparity Audit: focus on unequal detention rates for Black people, Black Thrive works to challenge Black mental health inequalities, Launch of Synergi BME mental health Knowledge HubRead more

Transforming ethnic inequalities in mental health services

New national initiative calls for ‘fresh science’ and the prioritisation of lived experience narratives to transform ethnic inequalities in mental health servicesRead more

UN accuses UK government of causing a human catastrophe

Following a civil society report, which NSUN participated in, and activists presenting evidence in Geneva, the United Nations has criticised the UK government's austerity policies very openly for the second time, saying that the consequences for disabled communities amount to a human catastrophe.Read more