Welcome to the Monday 13th January 2020 edition of our weekly ebulletin – full of news, views, events and involvement opportunities.
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Message from new NSUN CEO Akiko Hart
I started at NSUN last Monday and so far it’s been a whirlwind, meeting members, trustees and partners. Two things have already become even clearer to me: how needed NSUN is, especially in this current climate, and the importance it holds in so many people’s lives.
I hope you enjoy the newsletter. One thing I’d like to highlight for you is a consultation
on proposed apprenticeships for peer support workers. I know that many of us feel strongly about the role of peer support workers, and the values underpinning it. Do you think it would be helpful to have national standards and a national accreditation scheme for peer support workers? If so, what should this look like? You can read the proposal here
, and start the consultation here
. The deadline is 19th January.
Looking forward to connecting with you over the next few months.
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by Disability News Service
by Mental Health Today
by No Panic
Pan-London Campaigning event
We are excited to launch our first pan-London Campaigning event to bring together Disabled people and allies to discuss and explore how we can work together to promote equality and inclusion across London.
Join us to make your voice heard and fight the daily injustices Disabled people face.
Whether you want to get active in your community, make your voice heard or you’re just passionate about disability rights, inclusion and equality – we want you to campaign with us.
Join us at our first London wide campaigning workshop where we will talk and share ideas about how we can campaign together.
Date: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Venue: The Greenwood Centre, 37 Greenwood Place, London NW5 1LB
Open to all Disabled people and allies to promote equality and inclusion across London.
Launch of Diversity Radio – by us for us
NSUN member Nash Momori is launching Diversity Radio – an engaging, empowering and embracing digital radio station. It aims to provide a space to bring people together, and build awareness and acceptance of issues that affect our mental health and wellbeing.
“Based in London, we produce quality programming that is both entertaining and educational. We know there is so much unlocked talent and experiences. You wake up with an idea, a story to share but you don’t know how to get this out there.
Diversity Radio is there for you to do this.”
Programming will include the following:
- Music – original music and live music as well as recorded (DJ’ed) music showcasing local talent
- Chat shows – panel discussions about topics our listeners are interest in
- Personal stories – documentary style programmes that hear from individuals with different experiences, not necessarily with mental health as the primary topic but here is nevertheless features.
- Local news and information – providing local news content and information about local events, services and activities
- Lifestyle programmes – programmes focussed on different lifestyle topics where discussions about mental health come up as part of the conversation but where people can also learn how to keep themselves well by eating well, exercising in different ways or pursuing interests
- Arts and culture – book discussions, poetry sharing,art and music reviews
- Food – cooking shows, nutrition and diet advice
- Sport – exploring grass-roots sports
We want Diversity Radio to be shaped by our community, here’s how you can help
- Listen to us!
- Join our mailing list to hear about our content
- Provide us with content – stories, views/perspectives, talent – we want to share your experience
- Volunteer with us – we particularly need people who can help us with music tech/podcasting, social media marketing and promotion
- Provide us with creative content – presenters, musicians, presenters, documentary maker and well as those with mental health related stories (we can record from your location, your event)
- Provide us with a regular donation – even just £3 (a cup of coffee a month) with help us establish the station
- Advertise with us – use the Diversity Radio platform to reach our audiences and associate with our positive brand
- Fund us – we are interested to speak with Foundations, health authorities, criminal justice agencies and other potential funders (or contractors)
Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Two new exhibitions
The four ages of woman: perspectives from Bethlem Museum of the Mind
8th January to 25th April
An exhibition created in collaboration with the Mother and Baby Unit, Bethlem Royal Hospital, looking at identity and the everyday, framed by the complex challenges experienced during the transition to motherhood.
From: 8th January to 25th April
Bethlem Gallery, Beckenham, Kent
Bonnie Burstow, a Canadian activist, scholar and psychotherapist died on January 4th. She was a fierce and long-standing campaigner and will be greatly missed. You can read more about her here:
Elizabeth Wurtzel, best-selling author of Prozac Nation, Bitch and More, Now, Again, died on January 7th.
“By turns wrenching and comical, self-indulgent and self-aware, ‘Prozac Nation’ possesses the raw candor of Joan Didion’s essays, the irritating emotional exhibitionism of Sylvia Plath’s ‘Bell Jar’ and the wry, dark humor of a Bob Dylan song,” wrote New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani. If the memoir needed “some strict editing,” she added, it was nonetheless marked by passages of “sparkling, luminescent prose.”
Healthcare apprenticeship proposal consultation – urgent
for Peer Support Worker
An NSUN member would like to draw attention to this proposal which has been submitted for a level 3 peer support worker apprenticeship.
The proposal itself is under Peer Support Worker on the list of submitted apprenticeships on this page.
“Peer led organisations and grassroots peer support workers need to have the opportunity to feed back on this proposal. It is currently very prescriptive around what peer support workers are and should do, and many peer-led organisations will find the apprenticeship will not match their own values and principles for peer support. (It is, essentially, the ImROC model). The apprenticeship is meant to be cross-sector, but is very mental health system focussed, and even then does not enable a range of approaches to be incorporated into even NHS organisations.”
We are circulating this urgently to enable peer-led organisations (and indeed, peer supporters with different views, values and principles) to be able to offer their opinions.
The deadline for feedback for the proposal is 19th January 2020.
Emerging Minds Funding Call Development Workshop
Emerging Minds is a mental health research network funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with the aim of encouraging research across sectors and disciplines.
They want to encourage research that will help to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems amongst children and young people through mental health promotion, prevention and early treatment. They are organising a workshop to help people develop their proposal for the first Emerging Minds funding call. Travel bursaries available.
Self-injury Support: only £5,000 away from their target
Can you help?
Self-injury Support, based in Bristol, offers direct support by phone, text and webchat to women and girls across the UK affected by self-harm.
They have managed to raise over £55,000 to ensure that their vital services can continue beyond January 2020.
Read more about their work and how you can help here
Sodit events schedule for 2020
Survivors of Depression in Transition
Sodit (Survivors of Depression in Transition) offers peer support for women experiencing depression and other mental distress in Sheffield.
Find out more about their services here
And take a look at what sodit events are on for 2020 here
Cardboard Citizens: Arts for social change
Join Northern Stage and the ground breaking theatre company, Cardboard Citizens, for a day of discussion, inspiration, networking and innovation.
Cardboard Citizens have been working for nearly 30 years to facilitate and affect change in both individuals and society. We believe that people working in arts and culture can use their work to have a lasting social and political impact.
We will pose the question – how art and creativity can affect social and political change? How can we, as campaigners or artists, work together to challenge perceptions and facilitate real social, systemic and political transformation?
When: Tuesday 21st January 2020
for more information.
Action for Asperger’s AGM 2020
Action for Asperger’s warmly invite you to their AGM and Conference that is to be held on Saturday, 8th February 2020.
‘This is usually a very well attended event and promises to be of great interest to all who come along. The theme of this year’s conference is “The Misdiagnosed”.
Many autistic individuals receive an incorrect diagnosis prior to a correct diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder being made and this can have quite serious implications for some; many lives have been blighted as a consequence. WE will have in attendance autistic individuals who will share their personal accounts of being incorrectly diagnosed and what it meant to them. Their life stories will highlight the importance of autism diagnosis.
We welcome trade/information stands from like-minded organisations with a £60 donation to charity for the privilege. All other attendees can attend for free, though we will be seeking a small donation for the provision of lunch.
We hope to see you there; pre-booking is not necessary, simply turn up on the day.’
When: Saturday 8th February 2020
Time: 10am – 2pm
Where: Kettering Park Hotel, NN15 6XT
Recovery in the Bin merchandise now available!
Recovery in the Bin merchandise is now available at Etsy.
Find out more about Recovery in the Bin here
Miserable Bitches – Standup comedy showcase
Stand-up comedy showcase
Featuring overtly mental comics…
When: Wednesday 15th January
Where: Rose and Crown, 71-73 Torrano Avenue, Kentish Town, London NW5 2SG
Pay what you want on the night
Diddlyboo – new mental health dating website and app launched
Network exclusively for Mental Health Sufferers and carers
Dear all, I am a service user myself and I developed a website and iPhone App to try to connect people like us. When you sign up you do so as a carer or a service user. Then others who have signed up with the same issue will be connected to you. You can then message or even talk via the app. If you don’t feel up to that you can even play games like chess or connect 4 with your connections.
This app is purely to help and no data will ever be shared. I created this app to try to help people like myself. When I was alone and desperate if only I’d had have had access to my App it would have made the world of difference. To connect with someone who shares your illness or that of someone you care for is a brilliant experience and I’ll use my diddlyboo if only to speak to anyone who shares my illness. It is very rare unless you go to a group to ever get to connect with people in the same situation as you. No job, living with parents, totally alone, desperate or does not matter as those you connect with will understand like no one else could ever.
I run the site and created it when I had nothing and then as I rose from the ashes I used every penny I could afford to create it. It wasn’t cheap. I can’t wait to connect with you! I have support from both Alastair Campbell and Frank Bruno who are both suffers themselves.
Read more about the founder Nick Petrie on pages 4-5 here
Nick Petrie (Founder)
Club night in aid of NSUN!
One of our NSUN members is running a club night – and kindly donating all the profits to NSUN!
So if you fancy dancing the night away in aid of a good cause – us! – then here’s the details:
When: Saturday 15th February 2020
Time: 22.00 – 04.00
Where: Five Miles, 39b Markfield Road, London N15 4QA
More info on facebook here
Tickets available through Resident Advisor here
Jobs & Recruitment
Community Team Peer Support Worker opportunity
Jami provides practizcal and emotional support for people in Jewish communities who struggle with their mental health.
Vacancy: Community Team Peer Support Worker
Closing Date: 22 January 2020
Salary: £19,289 to £23,576
Work as part of our newly formed multi-skilled community team to deliver a recovery focused mental health service. We are looking for an experienced Peer Support Worker to join our forward-thinking mental health charity. You will be creating links with primary care and voluntary sector organisations to support people. You will carry out initial assessments and short-term interventions enabling people to identify their needs and pursue their goals.
We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.
See the job description here
Projects & Activities Assistant
This position will assist with the administration and delivery of our work with members at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry.
Six hours per week in blocks of ten weeks
£10.60 per hour
Interviews: to be held on Friday 7th February
Deadline for applications: Thursday 30th January at midday
Find out more and apply here
Equal Lives: Trustee Recruitment
Equal Lives is a Norfolk-based charity led by people who face disabling barriers.
Find out more about the trustee recruitment opportunity here
The Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network at St George’s University of London are looking for a Research Assistant who is interested in conducting evidence based research examining the harms of violence and abuse on mental health. This is a stimulating 12 months research programme, funded by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), investigating the relationship between the severity of mental health outcomes and specific characteristics of victimization including timing, duration, frequency, severity, and types of violence. These associations will be further analysed between women and men to assess the gendered nature of violence, and in relation to other social inequalities. We seek to unpack how these interacting factors are implicated in survivors’ mental health as an outcome of VA.
The post-holder will be a key member of the team from the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s University of London working alongside the prime investigator and the Research Team. The post-holder will draft data extraction templated, conduct data extraction, contribute to data analysis, assist with integration of study findings and help writing blog for the study’s findings. A survivor panel will be involved in the review which the postholder will help coordinate.
A visually impaired person is seeking a support worker for job related duties. These include guiding, navigating to meeting locations, taking notes, supporting to get food and drinks and reading printed materials. There is a guaranteed 7 hours per week at £14 per hour and travel is also funded. The days of work could be a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday and may not be always one day per week, it could be two days one week and none the next. You must be self-employed and able to invoice for your time. Reliability and punctuality are essential, training in guiding skills can be offered. This would suit someone based in London or nearby. For further information please call Becki on 07956 424511 or email her.
Loneliness and Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network Symposium
When: 08 January 2020
Time: 09:30 – 15:00
Where: Jeffrey Hall, Level 1, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way. London, WC1H 0AL
Register for a place here.
Mind, State and society 1960-2010 – Half a century of UK psychiatry and mental health services
When: Tuesday 14 January 2020
Time: 8:45am to 5:10pm
Where: Royal Society of Medicine
Happy Heads Winter Warmer – Mental Health Event
When: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
Where: New Life Croydon, 5 Cairo New Road, Croydon, CR0 1XP
Politics of Participation in Mental Health
When: Wednesday 22 January 2020
Time: 11:00 – 16:00
Where: University of Essex Colchester Campus, Wivenhoe Park. Colc`hester , CO4 3SQ
HEAR Annual General Meeting and Network Meeting
When: Thursday 23 January 2020
Time: 10am for 10.30am, to 12.30pm, followed by networking refreshments until 1pm
Where: Conference Room, Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, N1 9JP
Children, Young People and Psychosis: Beyond Early Intervention
ISPS UK Conference and AGM
When: Friday 24 January 2020
Time: 10:00 – 17:30
Where: Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA“`
Find out more and book tickets here.
Surviving and Thriving in a Mad World
Hearing Voices Network
When: Saturday 1 Feb 2020
Time: 10.30am – 4pm
Where: University of East London, Stratford
(Followed by HVN AGM at 4.15pm)
Find out more here
. Book your ticket here
INPP conference: Experts by Experience in Mental Health Research
Date: 5th February
At: Manchester Metropolitan University
Time to Change: Time to Talk Day 2020
When: Thursday February 6 2020
Pan-London Campaigning event
Inclusion London. Open to all Disabled people and allies to promote equality and inclusion across London.
When: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Time: 13.00 – 16.00
Venue: The Greenwood Centre, 37 Greenwood Place, London NW5 1LB
Find out more here
. Book your FREE place here
Fair Society, Healthy Lives (The Marmot Review) 10 years on
When: Tuesday 25 February 2020
Where: Church House, Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3NZ
More details will be available here.
Evolving research through lived experience
CRASSH, University of Cambridge
Conference dates: Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 March 2020
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