Welcome to the 10 September edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
On 6 September, Mad In the UK launched. The website welcomes contributions. See our feature below.
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The Big Give
NSUN’s views on ‘Mental Health in the Long Term Plan for the NHS’
The Prime Minister has said the government will reveal a new “sustainable long term plan” for the NHS over the next year, which will be backed by ”a multiyear funding settlement”. A five year funding settlement will be mapped to this ten year plan.
GPs, patients and Healthcare professionals were asked to feed into the plan with a deadline of 31.8.18. Clare Murdoch is leading the mental health workstream and asked a range of stakeholders to share their priorities and contribute views on the challenges of transforming mental health services in the long term. On this page, we share NHS England’s letter and our response.
NSUN runs work shop for HEAR Network event
HEAR is a pan-equality network of London equality and human rights voluntary and community sector organisations. The event 7 September, focused on celebrating and promoting the public sector (policy and frontline) working with equality and human rights Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) in London. This was a follow up to the event October 2017
NSUN ran a workshop on the 4Pi National Involvement Standards and Kindred Minds Manifesto which HEAR and ROTA have heavily used with their partners in West London (8 Clinical Commissioning Groups).
The event also support’s HEAR and ROTA’s Mental Health Equality campaign. In the open letter ROTA calls on all local Councillors, as well as the VCS and individual campaigners, to commit to the six action points that have been co-authored by Experts by Experience, user-led Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) and BAMER organisations. See the open letter here.
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? To get involved, please click here.
To read the related article by John Pring, Disability News Service, please click here
NSUN Members Event and Annual General Meeting – The Future of Peer Support
Please bookmark the AGM event page on our website – you can refer to it whenever you feel ready to book your place.
UPDATED ‘Get to know NSUN in 3 minutes’
You can view the video here, updated with our new logo and website. Please do share!
New mental health networks announced
New Mental Health Networks funded by the UK Councils and Research Innovation (UKRI) have been announced.
The Networks received a combined funding of £8 million and will bring together researchers, charity workers, health practitioners and people with lived experience of mental health issues.
The Mental Health Networks are designed to be interdisciplinary, spanning across a wide range of disciplines including health, medicine, biology, social sciences, humanities and environmental sciences.
The Networks stretch across the nation and as they develop will cover further regions.
The list of Mental Health Networks are:
- Improving Health and Reducing Health Inequalities for People with Severe Mental Illness: the ‘Closing the Gap’ Network+: Led by Professor Simon Gilbody, University of York
- Social, Cultural and Community Assets for Mental Health: Led by Dr Daisy Fancourt, UCL
- Transdisciplinary Research for the Improvement of Youth Mental Public Health (TRIUMPH) Network: Led by Professor Lisa McDaid, University of Glasgow
- Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health: Led by Professor Sonia Johnson, UCL
- Violence Abuse and Mental Health: Opportunities for Change: Led by Professor Louise Howard, King’s College London
- Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health: Led by Professor Cathy Creswell, University of Reading
- SMARtEN: Student Mental Health Research Network: Led by Dr Nicola Byrom, King’s College London
- The Nurture Network: Promoting Young People’s Mental Health in a Digital World: Led by Professor Gordon Harold, University of Sussex
More about this announcement here
Challenge Sheffield 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 Day.
They wanted to create a supportive and inclusive space to start to build a network and voice for people living with mental health distress to better influence and improve services over the longer term.
Find out more and a link to their report here.
Survivor poetry: Words Out from Cafe Church
Joe Kelly, who is a Trustee of NSUN, has collected some of his poems on a website called’ Words Out from Cafe Church’.
Joe’s latest poem, ‘Jesus wept’ is doing very well at the moment:
He must be crying now—
for all the people experiencing coldness hardship and corruption—
the refugees and war victims fleeing their home country—
the homeless man who sleeps out on a frozen night—
the needy people who can’t get relief and find their way around the benefit system designed to confuse—
experiencing the benefit sanction pathway to visiting the food bank—
Grenfell Tower Inferno—
so many unanswered questions—
many people experiencing coldness misery and corruption—
time for feelings, time for emotion—
I think he’s crying now
For more poetry, please visit Words Out from Cafe Church
Priests, peasants and prolific creativity: Van Gogh’s year as a mental health patient
The renowned artist Vincent Van Gogh’s died by suicide in 1890, two months after leaving a mental asylum. Martin Bailey researched his year in the institution.
Troubling mental health nurse education
Alec Grant has been teaching mental health nurses in England for two decades and has developed ‘several inter-connected gripes about mental health nurse education‘
Mad in the UK has launched
Acting in concert with MIA, Mad in the UK will carry UK-specific content and provide a voice for UK professionals, service users/survivors, peer activists, carers, researchers, teachers, trainers, lawyers, journalists, volunteers and others who are working for change in the field of what is usually referred to as ‘mental health’.
Mad In the UK welcomes contributions to fill its recently launched website: bloggers, commentators, and people wishing to submit events or courses are invited to get in touch.
Please visit Mad in the UK’s website.
Influence the production of guidance for therapists
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drugs Dependence (APPG PDD), which NSUN is part of, seeks expressions of interest from:
- psychological therapists
- clients and carers/supporters
To join a panel of reviewers or to be involved in a specific working group for a project creating guidance for psychological therapists who work with clients/patients taking and/or withdrawing from, prescribed psychiatric drugs.
For more information about the project and how to get involved, please click here.
Survivor’s Creative Works
They would like to feature any of your works that you created as a way to cope with narcissistic abuse. They are looking for drawings, paintings, poems, short prose, sketches, doodles, graphic design art, songs etc. and this will be featured on social media (Facebook and Twitter). By doing this they aim to highlight the impact narcissistic abuse has on lives of those impacted and encourage public debate.
Work will be posted anonymously or first initial and county only (i.e. E, Kent) with a brief description of under which circumstances the work was produced. No one will be identified.
Fid out how to Get Involved or contact Lydia at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackfriars Settlement activities
Blackfriars Settlement offer a wide range of services and activities, supporting people to achieve their goals and improve their well-being.
Their latest flyer is available online here
Blackfriars Settlement is located at 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB
Telephone: 020 7928 9521 Fax: 020 7960 4628
For general enquiries please email: email@example.com
World Mental Health Day event in Bolton
Young people & mental health in a changing world
There’ll be information, stalls and activities including:
yoga, videos, dance, a choir, photo booth, presentations and more
Date: Wednesday 10 October
Time: 1pm to 6pm
Venue: University of Bolton, Chancellor’s Mall,University Way, Bolton, BL3 5AB
band.org.uk / facebook.com/bandbolton / twitter.com/bandbolton
Spread the Word event in London
Join Words That Carry On
, a fund dedicated to commissioning vital research on personality disorders, autism and complex mental health needs, for an end of summer poetry and music night at the beautiful Skip Garden in Granary Square.
Date: 14 September 2018
Time: 18:00 – 22:00 BST
Venue: Skip Garden, 1 Tapper Walk, London N1C 4AQ
The evening will include live performances, poetry workshops and pizza as well as the opportunity to have your say on the fund’s research priorities.
To book your place, please click here
Community Equalities Coordinator (North East, Yorkshire & Humber)
- £31,818 per annum (plus £1,421 per annum)
- Contract until 31 March 2021
Time to Change are looking for an organised ‘people person’ who has personal experience of mental ill health and associated stigma and discrimination and is now ready and able to use that to embed Time to Change as a sustainable campaign in the North East, Yorkshire & Humber.
You will join seven peers already working in other regions of England, and eight other team-mates, including your manager, who are based at Mind’s HQ in London.
The role is based at home with most management and support delivered by email, phone and Skype and occasional face-to-face meetings.
To structure your days, deal with setbacks and manage competing priorities, you will need to be motivated, able to work on your own initiative and adaptable to change.
For more information and to apply please visit this page
Women in crisis report published
Agenda is an organisation which ensures that women and girls at risk of abuse, poverty, poor mental health, addiction and homelessness get the support and protection they need.
Agenda’s new report #WomeninCrisis is out – it looks at how the #MentalHealthAct can be detrimental to women, and the devastating impact that has, including alarming numbers of self-inflicted deaths.
You can read the report here
Recruitment for Chair
Independent Chair of Think Ahead’s
Service User and Carer Reference Group
Think Ahead are seeking a new independent Chair for the SUCRG, to work with SUCRG members and Think Ahead in ensuring that the group is fully and effectively involved in our work.
Payment for involvement: £175 for preparing for and chairing each meeting, plus reimbursement for travel and out-of-pocket expenses. (There are three to four meetings per year.) With your agreement, we may ask you to undertake additional activities for which you would be paid separately.
Time commitment: Typically up to eight days per year, though this may vary. Appointment term: Three years, subject to review.
Start date: We anticipate the first meeting with the new Chair taking place in October 2018.
Location: Meetings are held in central London.
Appointment term: Three years, subject to review.
Application deadline: Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 17 September 2018.
Interview date: Tuesday 25 September 2018.
For the role description and how to apply click here.
Coming soon – Peerfest
This year, the annual celebration of peer support will be hosted by Thurrock Mind
who came through as the chosen user-led peer support project to host Peerfest18
Date: 20 October
Bookings open: 05 September
Programme: workshops, activities, the Marsh Awards and much more.
To attend, get involved, or run your own activity, please take a look here.
In the news
Disability News Service (DNS)
DNS has found out that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to release evidence
that would show how many secret reports it has compiled into the deaths of claimants of its new universal credit, in a fresh breach of freedom of information laws. This week, DNS paid tribute to Juliet Marlow
, passionate activist of Not Dead Yet UK.
Mental Health Today (MHT)
The Guardian have revealed
that author Ian Rankin, London mayor Sadiq Khan, broadcaster Stephen Fry and DJ Lauren Laverne are among 130 signatories to a letter calling on the nation’s media to lead the way in transforming how suicide is covered.
Mental Health Cop
Talks about ‘police live-tweeting mental health or suicide related jobs’
New Kindred Minds Manifesto appeal
New Kindred Minds have launched crowdfunding appeals for Manifesto design, publication and launch event costs
Please help if you can
Events – already advertised
If you haven’t booked your place on already advertised events, we have collected some here
Lords debate on the Mental Health Units Use of Force Bill
Members of the Lords, idiscussed the key principles and purpose of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill
during second reading, on Friday 7 September. The amendments are now under consideration and a date will be announced for the committee.
Hospitals to receive £145 million to prepare for winter demand
from the Department of Health and Social Care’s existing budget will be spent on 81 new schemes.
Matt Hancock’s vision for a tech driven NHS
The Secretary of State for Health and Social care gave a technology focused speech at NHS Expo 2018.
This is the full transcript
New guidance to help NHS patients benefit from digital technology
Speaking at the NHS Health and Care Innovation Expo conference, health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy announced the initial technology partnerships Code of Conduct
for Data-driven Health and Care Technology.
World’s first global ministerial mental health summit to be held in London
Health and Social Care Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced that the UK will host the first ever Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London this October.
The summit will aim to help countries work together to increase the evidence for different treatments, and to ensure healthcare systems around the world value mental health as much as physical health. Find out more here.
Mental Health Act Review UPDATE
Following the publication of the Interim Report
in May, 18 topic groups were set up in July based on each of the main themes. Proposals from the Topic Groups are being finalised by 14 September. Two events were held during August which set out to engage with mixed audiences on the review’s thinking so far and another two are planned for early October. The final report is due mid-December.
The Exeter workshop, Tuesday 21 August has been cancelled but a new date will be confirmed soon.
Mental health therapists in GP practices could be the norm