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National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin – 17 July 2017

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NSUN news

Nsun Managing Director awarded honorary distinction

Managing Director Sarah Yiannoullou has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University.

Professor Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University,said:
“By awarding an honorary degree to outstanding people the University is recognising achievement at the highest level as well as dedication to public duty and making a difference to others’ lives”

Read more about Sarah’s honorary graduation here

Save the date – NSUN AGM to take place this September

This year, the AGM will take place in Sheffield on 27 September. Put this date in your calendars! We’re looking forwards to seeing you there.

Selected  blog

Oppressive and damaging‘, the Daily Mail’s resident psychiatrist Dr Max Pemberton is ‘an unscrupulous salesman’ says Jo Watson

Addiction doc says: It’s not the drugs. It’s the ACEs – adverse childhood experiences.

Support NSUN as you shop online

We are a registered cause on the Giving Machine site. This means people can choose to raise money for us when they shop online. Simply click on the NSUN page then click the Join and Support this cause button. Donating this way does not increase the cost of your shopping.

Call for blogging contributors

Share experiences, suggestions and opinions with e-bulletin readers, website visitors and social media friends. To get an idea of the variety of topics and points of view, please visit our blogs section. To send a blog, please email the editor.

Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes

The three minutes video is here.


NSUN Members’ Manifesto 2017

Find out what is most important to the NSUN membership. A  summary page that is easy to display is now available for download. Take a look at the link at the bottom of this page.


NSUN is bringing the voice of experience to an all party parliamentary group (APPG) which aims at producing guidance for therapists whose clients are struggling with prescribed drug dependence.

The group will create and deploy guidance materials for counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists  to support them working with issues of prescribed drug dependence.

If you have experience of prescribed drug dependence and would like to share your story with the APPG to influence its work, please email us.


Important: non NSUN materials in the e-bulletin

Below NSUN news, features concern events, job opportunities, research, groups, etc, which are not ran by us, unless clearly stated. Details are sent to us by contacts who wish to spread word about their activities.

Whenever possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions and features by you, please email the editor and the general info mailbox.

Please remember that sharing is not endorsing.


Take part in non-suicidal self injury research

What helped and what hindered: A qualitative study into people’s experiences of interventions on their journey of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury (NSSI)

The focus of this research is to gain in depth understanding of your experiences of what assisted you and hindered you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). You will be asked some questions about your experiences and perceptions in a confidential interview that will last one hour. The interview can be done either face to face, by telephone or Skype.

This research is important as it has the potential to provide critical information regarding the type of treatment, intervention, and support which helped you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); with the aim of informing and supporting others.

If you are 18 yrs old or above, and this is something that you would like to volunteer and contribute towards please contact Lorna Robinson,  counselling psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England,Bristol : Lorna2.Robinson@live.uwe.ac.uk  – Supervised by Dr. Zoe Thomas, zoe2.thomas@uwe.ac.uk


Multi – agency information day in Rochdale

Pop along and have a chat to agencies offering you support in the community.

  • 27 July
  • 10:30am – 2pm
  • St Andrews Church, Entwisle Rd, Rochdale OL16 2HZ

for more information, call 01706 575 720 or email info@rbuf.org.uk


Thrive London engagement events

Thrive LDN is a citywide movement for mental health, supported by the Mayor of London and the London Health Board.

Thrive will host a community conversation aimed at encouraging people to work together to improve health and happiness in the borough.

At this community conversation people will hear about the aims of Thrive LDN and then discuss how we can all work together to make them happen in the borough.

The organisers hope to see broad representation across the borough including from the council, NHS providers and commissioners, businesses, local people, service users and carers, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, schools and social landlords.

The events are in three boroughs, Southwark, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets.

  • Southwark: Tuesday 18 July 6-8 pm Tooley Street – book here
  • Tower Hamlets Tues 25 July 6-8pm PDC  – book here
  • Barking & Dagenham Weds 26th July 3:30-6pm – book here


Discount offer on conferences and events

HC-UK offer NSUN members an friends a 20% discount on a series of mental health conferences and masterclasses focus on a number of topics helping those working in mental health or with mental health service users have an increased understanding of the service user experience and look at issues such as capacity and consent, co-morbidity and psychological therapies.

The 20% discount is available by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN  when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.)

The full list of events is available here


Memorial bench and plaque for Ruth Chandler

Survivor researcher Ruth Chandler sadly passed away last year and her colleagues at Sussex Partnership have been considering ways to pay a fitting tribute to Ruth and her amazing work at Mill View Hospital where she was based.

Following discussions with the family, it was decided to commission a memorial bench and plaque.

There is a fundraising appeal as the team needs your support to ensure the project can go ahead –https://www.justgiving.com/inmemoryofruthchandler


In the news

The mental health first aid programme is a pet project says Jay Watts, published by the Independent. ‘if the NHS services were properly funded in the first place, it wouldn’t be needed

Government welfare cuts blamed for 50% surge in mental health issues among unemployed

Cheshire recovery walk returns celebrate people who have overcome addiction and mental health issues

Universal Credit putting people’s financial security at risk, claims Citizens Advice Taunton

Grenfell Tower Failings Could Increase Risk Of PTSD And Harm Residents’ Mental Health


Government responds on cyber security and data

Plans to strengthen NHS and social care organisations against cyber attacks and protect patient data have been made

More A&E funding to help hospitals prepare for winter

The Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has announced a second wave of funding to ease pressure on hospital emergency departments ahead of next winter.


Previously shared information available online

Please visit our website to find members projects, involvement opportunities, jobs and events we shared in previous e-bulletins. This includes our guides to support involvement in reducing the use of restraint in mental health settings.