25 Jan

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin – 23 January 2017

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NSUN news


The politics of suicideIan Mash and Anne Cooke are concerned to see suicidality interpreted by the government as being solely ‘a mental health problem’ and not a reaction to life traumatic events. This blog was written because suicide prevention was prominent in the Prime Minister’s mental health speech on 9 January.

How local councillors could cure the doctor-induced epidemic of mental sickness – NSUN member John Kapp proposes a way to roll out mindfulness approaches instead of medication based treatments.

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.

NSUN comment on Theresa May’s speech 9 January

Read the full article here.

Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes

The 3 minutes video is here.


How to involve people in your work

You can find out what support you can get to help you shape your involvement practice.

Download the 4Pi brochure here.


Members’ Manifesto revised

Our revised manifesto draws on feedback from our AGM (January 2016,) the top list of issues identified by members in our annual survey (2015) and our previous manifesto and surveys.

This is a working document so do let us know by email or phone 020 820 8982,  what you think and whether it’s useful to you or your organisation.


Time to Talk Day 2017

Thursday 2nd February 2017

Time to Change want to get the nation talking about mental health and keep the conversation going round the clock.

There are lots of ideas and materials to help you get started on the website

Find out more here.


Shaping Our Lives video

How not to do service user involvement!

To involve or not to involve ?…….How not to is the answer. Watch the video here.


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


RethinkYourMind artists and poets competition – 3 weeks left!

Poems, artwork and photography are to be created from the sentence: I feel better when I am….It’s FREE to enter and is open to all UK residents of any age…

  • you can submit up to 2 pieces of artwork/photography
  • you can also submit up to 2 poems
  • focused around wellbeing and what makes you feel better – enjoy creating!
  • A choice of two competitions: Leicestershire / UK wide

You have until noon on 10 February 2017. To take part, please visit the Rethink Your Mind participation page


New peer support group in Newcastle

Waves is a peer support group for adults who experienced emotional abuse in childhood. Connect with other survivors, share ideas, offer mutual support.

What is emotional abuse? Anything undermining a child’s self respect: emotional neglect, name calling, verbal abuse, psychological maltreatment. Even though emotional abuse is often accompanied by other forms of abuse and survivors of multiple abuse are welcome, the group’s primary focus is not to discuss physical or sexual abuse. There are other specific support groups in the area. Waves members might be able to signpost you.

Meet ups are every first Sunday of the month at Floor 5 Broadacre House, Market Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 6HQ


The Consciousness Healing Centre

Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, the Consciousness Healing Centre was started by a member of NSUN. Besides weekly groups and activities, the centre hosts conferences, workshops and other events

For more information, please contact the centre at the following details


Thrive London survey

The McPin Foundation, a mental health research charity (Registered Charity No. 1117336), is carrying out a survey about employment and mental health for Thrive London. Thrive London is a citywide movement for mental health supported by the Mayor of London, the London Health Board, and the Greater London Authority. They want to find out how to better support people with their mental health at work, and also how to help people with mental health problems find work.

The survey is aimed at people living and / or working in London, who self-identify as having mental health difficulties, and there is a chance to win £50 worth of shopping vouchers as a thank you for taking part.

You can access the survey here.

For any questions about the survey, feel free to email Agnes.


Study into cognitive bias modification

People invited to take part in a study into Cognitive Bias Modification to help with paranoid thoughts (CBM-pa) – researchers are recruiting until the end of March.

This study, run by King’s College London and the McPin Foundation, examines whether a new approach called ‘Cognitive Bias Modification for paranoia’ (CBM-pa) helps people who feel they experience paranoid thoughts. CBM-pa encourages people to develop alternative ways of interpreting difficult thoughts and situations. There are no right and wrong answers in the CBM approach.

The researchers are looking for people…

  • aged between 18 and 65
  • who feel they have experienced paranoid thoughts that they find distressing, for the last month or longer
  • who haven’t had changes to their regular medication in the last three months
  • who speak English

For more information and contacts, please visit this page


My Future, My Way workshops in Devon

Healthwatch Devon are running workshops to learn how to develop a person centered plan, over 2 free afternoon sessions (1pm-4.30pm) on 9 and 16 February, at Living Options Devon, Units 3-4 Cranmere Court, Lustleigh Close, Matford Business Park, Exeter. EX2 8PW .

You need to attend both sessions. Travel expenses can be reimbursed.

For more information please visit this page


Recovery Devon Development Fund

Recovery Devon are seeking projects with a focus on recovery and mental health which involve or benefit the community.

Recovery Devon offer up to £750 per project.

For more information and how to apply, please visit this page.


Cancer Research UK, a member of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership, issued a press release today publicising findings from research conducted by King’s College London and Charles University in Prague. This research looked at the use of stop smoking services for people with depression.

Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London and Co-Chair of the Mental Health and Smoking Partnership, Professor Ann McNeill has issued this comment:

“Smoking rates are considerably higher among people with mental health conditions including depression, but this landmark study shows that with appropriate help, quitting is possible! This underlines the need for effective stop smoking services and that these life-saving services must therefore by maintained in the face of budget constraints.”

You can read the full article here.


Useful reminder: NHS low income scheme

If you’re on a low income, this scheme could help you pay for all or some of your health costs. For more information, please visit this page


DWP community partners recruitment

Mental Health Community Partners

Part of a team of Community Partners to work collaboratively with the third sector in strengthening mental health awareness within Jobcentre Plus.

There are 34 positions available at different locations in the UK. Salary, hours and conditions vary. Please take a look at this page for complete information

Young Persons Community Partners

Part of a team of Community Partners to work collaboratively with the third sector to strengthen Jobcentre Plus understanding about the issues young disabled people face in finding and securing employment.

There are 34 positions available at different locations in the UK. Salary, hours and conditions vary. Please read this page for complete information.


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.


#NSUNthrive campaign

It is 10 years since the ‘Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham.  It was at this conference in 2006 that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.

We have survived!  To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign. You can also raise money by shopping online with the  Giving Machine

Donate here