03 Feb

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin – 30 January 2017

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NSUN news


Preventing suicide in the UK: a policy and practice divide – as news of cuts threatening an Eastbourne service with closure have reached the US, a contributor to Mad In America reflects on what is going on in the UK

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 comments on Theresa May’s mental health speech

Promises, promises…in a toxic context Read the full article here.

Get introduced to NSUN in 3 Minutes

The 3 minutes video is 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.


Researchers seek participants for LGBT+ mental health study

Researchers at King’s College London are looking for participants for a study of LGBT+ mental health issues. The researchers are recruiting College and University students who identify as LGBT+ to take part in an online study.

It will involve 3 online surveys to be completed 1 month apart. They include questions asking about your sexuality, gender identity, age and ethnicity, your beliefs about yourself and possible symptoms of depression, anxiety and suicidality. Participation should take approximately thirty minutes at each time point.

For more details please visit the website.
To take part go access the survey here.


Film and theatre initiatives with the dragon Cafe and Re:create psychiatry

Monday 30 January: The Dragon Cafe presents Love vs Trauma, a puppet based film on the dynamics of isolation in situations of oppression or abuse. Followed by discussions on support systmes and healing. Starts at 7pm at the Dragon Cafe, after a full afternoon of art, tai-chi, dance, and much more. Take a look here for the full Monday programme

Friday 3 February: Re:create psychiatry presents Playing ON Theatre Company’s Hearing Things Funny and engaging, and written by Writer’s Guild award winner Philip Osment, ‘Hearing Things’ draws together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. By examining the difficulties of managing risk against the backdrop of an understaffed ward, the play considers the relationships between psychiatry and medication, doctor and patient.  A free lunchtime performance at the ORTUS Mezzanine, introduced by Dr Dele Olajide on Friday 3rd February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm. Please take a look here for more information (including location).


Time to Talk Day

Thursday 2nd February 2017

This Time to Talk Day, aims to get the nation talking about mental health and keep the conversation going round the clock.  You can still create, download and print your own materials for the day!

The Creative Mind Exhibition  Inspired by Time to Talk Day. Work by local artists are on display at Chapel in the Garden Bridport Dorset from Friday 3 February to Monday 5 February.


Shaping Our Lives

Series of user involvement videos from the independent national disabled peoples’ organisation.

How Not to do service user involvement

Regulation and Service User Involvement


Vacancy: wellbeing partner

The role: make a big difference to people with long term mental health needs, by assisting them to map their current network and identify potential new links into existing community resources.

Employer:  West London Mental Health NHS Trust provides a full range of local mental health services to the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including high secure services at Broadmoor Hospital across a wider catchment area.

  • Main area Additional Clinical Services
  • Grade Band 4
  • Contract Fixed Term – 6 months
  • Hours 22.5 hours per week
  • Job ref 222-LS-492-VB
  • Site Primary MH Wellbeing Service
  • Town Hounslow
  • Salary £19,217 to £22,458 pa plus hcas
  • Closing 06/02/2017 23:59

The Trust positively welcomes applications from people with a lived experience of either mental health conditions or learning disabilities and people who represent diverse communities. To read more about this opportunity please click here


You are invited to comment on the Layard Report

A blog written about the report invites comments. Feel free to take part in the discussion here. The page comes with a link to the Layard report (in the right hand column next to the blog post itself).


Film: my life, my home, my choice

My life, my home, my choice is a project by Experts by Experience. They have prepared this film which explains how the project works.

Shared on this page, the film is described as inspirational by one of the viewers. Take a look.


Psychologists against austerity – Glasgow meeting

Date: 4 February
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Venue: Glasgow autonomous space G5 8JD

Psychologists Against Austerity (PAA) is an alliance of psychologists, therapists, service users and allies who are campaigning against the pressures caused by austerity measures. This is a meeting for the Scottish network.

There will be short presentations by two masters students on their project exploring accessing benefits and on the intersections of psychiatry and social class by someone with lived experience.

If you can make it, access is free. Please take a look at the event’s Facebook page

Looking for a meeting taking place closer to you? please visit the PAA website


Peer Supported Open Dialogue event coming up

Date: 22 March 2017
Time: 9:30am – 5pm
Venue: Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street London W1C 2DJ

Peer-supported Open Dialogue is a form of patient-driven, relationship-centred mental healthcare that brings friends, families and peers together to support the person experiencing distress, helping them make sense of their experience and plan a way forward together. This is different to the 1:1 care most receive today, and the emphasis is on enabling the person at the centre of care to take control and gain a sense of agency together with their social network from day one.

Tickets on a donation basis. Please take a look at the booking page here.


Colchester’s Haven Project

The Haven Project’s website introduces the organisation as ‘a community and clients are engaged in all aspects of the project from recruitment to service design’. The Project, which works with people living with a diagnosis of ‘Personality Disorder’, obtained charity status recently, run several services, which are listed here.

There is also a newsletter which invites contributions from the community.


Cambridgeshire mental health phone line needs volunteers

Lifeline is a freephone confidential service across Cambridgeshire which supports people with mental health problems between 7.00pm and 11.00pm, 365 days a year. The service is looking for volunteers who have:

  • Friendly manner and are comfortable with using the telephone.
  • Good communication and listening skills and a willingness to undertake training.
  • An ability to reflect honestly and openly on your own behaviour and practice.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team and cope under pressure.

Lifeline volunteers work shifts from 6.40pm – 11.00pm, and volunteers are asked to make a commitment of two shifts per month for a minimum of 12 months, in order to maintain a reliable and good quality service.

If you’d like to apply, please take a look at the dedicated page


Free places or discount offered at HC UK events

Investigation of Deaths & Serious Incidents in Mental Health Services on Friday 10 February 2017 in London – 5 free places with HCUK20NSUN code

The code can also be used to secure discounts / free access at other masterclasses and conferences ran by the same organiser. Please take a look here


In the news


The Care Quality Commission (CQC)  will be inspecting all South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust’s acute wards for adults of working age (16/18-65) and psychiatric intensive care units (PICU) next week (30 January – 3 February)

If you have any information to share with the CQC about your experiences of care and treatment on these acute and PICU wards, you can get in touch with Healthwatch Lambeth by email or telephone 020 7274 8522.

Your views can help inform the questions the CQC will ask as well as their findings. Healthwatch Lambeth will keep your feedback anonymous.

What is SLaM? South London and the Maudsley Trust (SLaM) is the NHS Foundation Trust which runs may of the mental health hospital, outpatient and community services in Lambeth and across South London. For a list of the acute wards for adults of working age and psychiatric intensive care units (PICU) being covered by this inspection, please see the website.

What is the Care Quality Commission (CQC)? The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. They carry out inspections to services and produce reports where they highlight areas of good practice and areas that must be improved. They ask 5 key questions when they inspect services:

  • Are they safe?
  • Are they effective?
  • Are they caring?
  •  Are they responsive to people’s needs?
  • Are they well-led?

SLaM last received an inspection of the whole Trust from the CQC in September 2015. A report was published in January 2016. SLaM received an overall rating of ‘Good’.

See other upcoming inspections of Mental Health Trusts here.



Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives

The green paper sets out ‘a ten-year vision of how the Government will halve the employment gap for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, through changing attitudes and working with employers to transform disabled people’s access to employment.’

Disability Rights UK have a helpful overview of the main points here.
As well as the full version of the green paper there is a Plain English version available.
You can respond to the consultation here. This consultation closes on 17 February 2017.

Last week at the DoH:

Petition: ring-fence NHS from trade deals

As the UK leaves the EU, the NHS should not be used as a bargaining tool in trade negotiations and deals with other countries – you can sign the petition here


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

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