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

NSUN unable to endorse the final Mental Health Act survey report

A member of the Mental Health Alliance, NSUN supported the need for a Mental Health Act survey (particularly important following Theresa May’s announcement of her intention to reform the Mental Health Act). however, we are unable to endorse the resulting Mental Health Alliance report for a number of reasons.Read more

NSUN contributes to Civil Society report highlighting current toxic debate around Human Rights

The UK is undergoing a Human Rights Check. This happens every 4.5 years, as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) which is led by the United Nations. NSUN is among civil society organisations which contribute to the process.Read more

Queen's Speech promises to reform mental health legislation

In June 2017 the Queen’s Speech set out the government’s agenda for the coming session. This included the statement above which appears to commit to working ‘towards a new Mental Health Act’Read more

Tribute to Philip Morgan (1965 - 2017)

Philip 'Spirit' Morgan (1965 - 2017) sadly passed away in the Spring of 2017, leaving a big empty space. In this beautiful and touching tribute, Jayasree Kalathil remembers him as a 'fellow traveler', 'a brother'.Read more

Charity leaders calling on Theresa May to fund change in mental health

71 charity leaders, including NSUN, have signed a joint letter to the Prime Minister calling for a revised funding settlement for health and care.Read more

Remembering Patricia Chambers

It is with great sadness that we share the news that our friend and colleague Patricia Chambers died in 2016.Read more

Tribute to Robert Dellar (1964 - 2016)

A fierce intellect and a pioneer activist - A compassionate activist, author, artist and comrade, Robert Dellar (1964 - 2016) touched the lives of many, writes Ruth Hunt.Read more

Theresa May's first speech of 2017 focused on mental health

'Promises promises' This seems to be the general reaction to the Prime Minister's speech, delivered at the Charity Commission's annual lecture on 9 January.Read more

NSUN joins over 160 groups asking the Prime Minister not to abandon the Human Rights Act

Along with 163 other groups, we have signed a letter drafted by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) asking the Prime Minister to drop plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.Read more

Concerns for our Human Rights

The United Nations have published a highly critical report which states austerity policies introduced into welfare and social care by the UK government amount to “systematic violations” of the rights of people with disabilities.Read more

UN to investigate if British Government's welfare reforms violate Human Rights

The United Nations have launched an investigation into whether Iain Duncan Smith's disability benefit changes have led to "grave or systemic violations" of disabled people's human rights.Read more