18 Jun

National Survivor User Network (NSUN) Bulletin – 15 June 2020

Welcome to the Monday 15th June 2020 edition of our weekly ebulletin – full of news, views, events and involvement opportunities.
Help and support
If at any time you need immediate support you can find out where to go, who to call, where to get information from here

Bulletin items
If you would like to send us an event, involvement opportunity, blog article or anything else to share with the wider network in the bulletin, please email us at info@nsun.org.uk.
You can view our previous NSUN weekly bulletins and subscribe to get them sent directly to your mailbox here.
This bulletin is FREE. You can join as a member here – it’s free for individuals and user-led groups. If you would like to make a donation to help support the continuation of this work you can do so here.
Please note: Sharing is not endorsing
Sometimes, we may feature items that you (and we) may not necessarily agree with but we feel it’s important to make our members aware of what is happening out there.

Our work
A great way to have a look at what’s been happening over the last year is to go to our News pageand visit the pages below.
Last week we wrote about the Public Health England review on whether people of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are more adversely affected by Covid-19. A second report has been leaked, this one naming the “deep dismay, anger, loss and fear” which stakeholders -including NSUN- shared with Public Health England, and pointing to racism as a root cause affecting health. The recommendations in the second report are being published this week, and we will share them with you. 
If you have a moment, please check out the latest posts in our new #NSUNCovidLife series of blogs and videos by our members, including Dolly Sen on Covid-19, racism and inequalities, and Tamar Jeynes on how the Birmingham Mad Studies group has adapted over the past few months.
Warm wishes,
Akiko Hart
pronouns: she/her
akiko.hart@nsun.org.uk | @AkikoMHart
PS: The NSUN Covid-19 fund is still open. You can apply here for grants of up to £1000 to support community action, peer support, mutual aid and other activities that will make a direct difference to the lives of people living with mental ill-health, trauma and distress during this Covid-19 period. We have also worked with People First to create an Easy Read version of the form and guidance. Please do apply and spread the word. We’ll be publishing a list of the awards we’ve made later on this week.

NSUN vacancy: Communications and Membership Officer
Apply now!
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NSUN is hiring!
We are looking for someone with relevant skills to deliver NSUN’s communication strategy and to liaise with our membership. Taking ownership of the communications function, and thinking creatively and working proactively will be an essential part of the role. The role is currently home-based. Specifically we are looking for someone with the following skills and experience:
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience of writing for a range of audiences/outlets including websites and social media
  • Proactive, flexible and responsive, with strong interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Lived experience of mental ill-health, distress or trauma, with a passion for NSUN’s mission and work, and the ability to communicate it effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders
For more information and how to apply, please click here to go to our website.
Closing date: 5pm, Wed 1st July
Interviews: Friday 10th July (online)

Covid-19 links
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NSUN is a community of people and groups who come together to support each other.  We come together in many ways: physically, digitally through social media or through sharing information.
During these uncertain times, we will try and share with you what we can that is useful. In particular, we will think of ways of being together, when we can’t physically be together. And finally, we will continue our campaigning role, ensuring that policy and legislative changes are scrutinised and are rights based. 
Read more here:
Articles, blogs, vlogs and more
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We are always looking to feature members’ blogs and articles so please email us at info@nsun.org.uk if you would like to share yours.
in BBC News NI 
By Hannah-Rebecca Eldritch
By Disability News Service 
By Oluwaseun Matiluko
By Dina Poursanidou

DHSC Covid-19 VCSE partner update
Article ImageAs a VCSE partner of the Dept. of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NSUN now attends a fortnightly webinar where we are given updates on Covid-19. 
NHS Volunteer Responder scheme
If you or someone you know requires help with things like shopping, collection of prescriptions and the ‘check in and chat’ facility for those feeling lonely, you can now call the scheme directly on 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm). Currently you can’t self-refer online but this may change. For those who need help with transport e.g. to hospital appointments, you still have to be referred by the NHS, your local authority or via a local VCSE organisation. 
Please see the RVS website for more info and eligibility criteria. This list has been recently updated to confirm that if you are “vulnerable due to a mental health condition” you can access this service. 
Food for vulnerable people
Further conversations are taking place with Defra about access to priority supermarket deliveries (which are still oversubscribed) and a number of other commercial food box schemes they have collated in this guide.
We will update you on these items when we receive more news. In the meantime, if you have any questions you would like us to put to DHSC, please email us at info@nsun.org.uk

Food banks – find your local one and donate/help out
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Food banks are playing a very important part in ensuring people have enough food to eat in these challenging times.
If you are either in need of help yourself or would like to find out how you can help, find and contact your local food bank here:
Ways in which you can help include:
  • donate money
  • donate food
  • volunteer
  • become a business partner
Contact your local food bank to find out the best way you can help.

Hardship Fund for the Mentally ill during COVID-19
on gofundme
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“We are Jo Edge and Bethan Edwards, both survivors of mental illness and the psychiatric system. Jo is a doctor of medieval history, currently working at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, beginning a stint as Women’s Rep on the National Executive Committee of the University and College Union in May 2020. Bethan is a Research OT employed by the NHS, and is also undertaking her PhD . She is professionally registered with the HCPC. Both Jo and Bethan are Welsh.
Money will only go to those who need it: folks who do not have access to other available funds from employers or through the government.
To apply for funds, please fill in this short online survey (also featured on the page below): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/73YNTCZ
To find out more, please click here.
You can read more about #MadCovidDiaries here or get in touch by email: madcovid@gmail.com.”

Hidden Figures: The Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on LGBT Communities
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The LGBT Foundation has published findings from the largest and most substantive research into the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT communities in the United Kingdom.  This research has uncovered some of the wide-ranging and profound effects the pandemic has had on the lives of LGBT people in areas such as mental health; isolation; substance misuse; eating disorders; living in unsafe environments; finances, homelessness; access to healthcare; and access to support. 
Click here to find out more and to download the report

LISTEN: New joint podcasts: Covid-19, trauma, and non-binary thinking
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Dr. Meg-John Barker talks to co-creators who’ve also been putting out content on coping with the pandemic and lockdown situation.
“First up, Nina Burrowes – from The Consent Collective – and I spoke about how survivors of trauma are experiencing living through this and what we can do if we’re experiencing trauma responses at this time.
Listen here. Check out their other Together Apart content here.
Then Alex Iantaffi – from Gender Stories – and I spoke about how the ideas we wrote about in Life Isn’t Binary might be helpful at this time, particularly in relation to thinking, feeling, and relating in non-binary ways.
Listen here. Check out their episode on gender and Covid-19 here.”

Racial Trauma and Wellbeing
BiPP Network
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“The BiPP Network are proud to announce our next event on ‘Racial Trauma & Wellbeing’. The aim is to support prospective & registered Black African and Caribbean #MentalHealth practitioners during current events.
In response to recent events circulating in the news, the Black and Minority Ethnics in Psychiatry & Psychology (BIPP) Network would like to bring awareness to, and highlight the mental health impacts of living with anti-Black atrocities – such as George Floyd – on prospective and registered Black mental health practitioners’ mental health in a supportive online event.
Particularly, we focus on race-based trauma (or racial trauma) which can impact members of the Black community after directly or indirectly, learning of, or witnessing the recent incidents of police brutality and racism against other members of the Black community (Carter, 2007). In highlighting the mental health impacts, as well as dialoguing about how to nurture body, mind and soul, the BIPP Network aims to support prospective and registered Black mental health practitioners as whole human beings, so that in turn, they can also provide therapeutic support to other members of the Black community during this time period.
Find out more and register for this free event here.”
Date: 16th & 17th June
Time: 18.00 – 19.30 BST

Self injury Support is still here for you
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“We just wanted to let you know that during this very difficult time our text-based support services are still open and we are here to listen and support. Dealing with the current global situation on top of existing struggles with mental health is leaving people feeling more isolated than ever. Our TESS service offers emotional listening support for women and girls affected by self injury and a space where you can explore what is going on for you alongside a trained female volunteer with knowledge of self injury.
All of our services are open from 7pm – 9.30pm, Tuesday – Thursday.
You can:
Text us on 07537 432 444
Or start a webchat here . Webchats are for up to half an hour.
If you don’t know where to start just text or message ‘hello’ and we will be there with you. All our services are confidential and anonymous. We also have lots of self-help resources and information on our website here.”

Asylum magazine – Summer 2020 issue out now
Covid-19 and mental health special issue
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The new issue of Asylum magazine is out now! It’s a special issue focusing on Covid-19 and mental health, with contributions by Mad Covid amongst others.
It also features an online article by Dina Poursanidou:
Click here to read this issue.

A Year in Our Lives 2020
Centre for Mental Health
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“2020 will always be remembered as the year our lives changed dramatically due to the coronavirus pandemic. We want to find out how this is affecting people’s emotional and mental health. ‘A Year in Our Lives’ will gather and share the first-hand experiences of people living through the pandemic.
We want to find creative, truthful and open ways to tell the story of 2020 alongside the many surveys and academic studies that are already taking place. To do that, we need your stories.
We’re looking for written pieces of up to 2,000 words, submitted via our online form, which will launch in June.
Find out more here.”

Black Culture Book Gifting Scheme
on GoFundMe
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“In light of recent events around racism and inequality experienced by persons in the Black Community, Diversify Education would like to gift free anti racist and black culture story books to children between 4 and 16 years nationwide.
We have been able to gift a total of 21 books so far, however the requests are still coming and would love to continue gifting these worthwhile books to as many children as possible.”
Find out more here

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bods
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(If you would like to see your group featured in the bulletin, then please email us at info@nsun.org.uk)
“Healthy Minds, Healthy Bods was set up to proactively promote a healthy lifestyle through access to health, fitness, budget and nutrition advice, concentrating on a unique fresh proactive approach to mental health. 

Although anyone can take part in our programmes,
it is particularly aimed at those going through unemployment.

We are focused on working with service users with physical and/or mental health or emotional health issues.

We are also currently focusing on creating a day programme for corporate clients aimed at graduates, apprentices and students.
We are a mentor-led mental health project, based in islington, looking to shake up mental health intervention.
During lockdown we have been designing and producing weekly mental health packs which focus on mind-set, nutrition, exercise, health and fun too.
Find out more about the group on their website here.”

Save the date! The 3rd International Social Prescribing Network conference 2021
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“The 3rd International Social Prescribing Network conference will take place on 4th and 5th March 2021, The Lowry in Salford.
We still don’t know what the operating environment will look like for the conference but we will provide an awesome event whether it is in person, online or a mixture of both. Tell us what you want in the conference and what would work for you in this brief survey. We will use this to inform our approach.”
Find out more about the Social Prescribing Network here.

Zoom: Learning and practicing the basics
For adults with learning disabilities or autism
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These classes by ClearCommunityWeb are an opportunity to ask questions and practice some of the basic features of Zoom to then be able to access social groups and classes.
These classes are free. ClearCommunityWeb can offer 1 to 1 assistance the day before to help download Zoom if this assistance is required.

Registration via eventbrite below or contact info@clearcommunityweb.co.uk or call 07523 646 277

When: 18th & 25th June
The Covid-19 Experience
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A free, online, interactive forum to hear about, ask about and talk about the impact of coronavirus on communities and services.
There will be 5-6 speakers, each followed by a Q & A and discussion.
Date: Thursday 2nd July 2020
Time: 10am – 4pm
Find out more and register here

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“Recovery Devon is a CIC that champions Mental Health recovery throughout communities in Devon.
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic we have adapted our way of working so we can still reach out to those within the mental health community. We quickly identified the need to keep mental health high on the agenda as lock down unfolded, with audiences becoming overwhelmed with distressing news.
We have created a safe space online through our Facebook page, which is a dedicated Corona Virus free page. We post a Recovery Devon Daily at midday every day, which is a short video from the RD team or a contribution from another organiser. So far we have 75 daily videos go out ranging from creative writing, staying well, 5 ways to well being and advice on slowing down. The videos are our way of saying we are still here and still thinking of ways to support people with their recovery.
We have also created the Recovery Devon Podcast which is available on Spotify and itunes.
We are also in the process of producing our 3rd book and are currently collecting stories from those supporting someone with their mental health journey.
For all projects we welcome anyone that wants to get involved to get in touch with us and email community@recoverydevon.co.uk
Find out more on the Recovery Devon website here.”

Do you suffer from Anxiety or Depression?
Is Lockdown taking its toll on you?
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“If you are finding life challenging in these difficult times, then why not join us online?
The Sunshine Group is an independent confidentially run Peer Support Group, we meet every Tuesday evening at 7pm for an hour. When restrictions ease we will be hosting some group meetings face-to-face (in South London)
Want to join or know more? Feel free to contact Phil
Remember you are not alone.”

Talk for Health
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It’s important to take care of our emotional wellbeing, just as it is to take care of our bodies. One way of doing this is to connect in a truthful and empathic way with others.
Anyone who wants to take care of their wellbeing and support others.
Join us ONLINE for a Taster. Then you can: 
  • Join a TALK FOR HEALTH CAFE; continue talking for wellbeing and gain communication skills.
  • Sign up for our in-depth 4-day Talk for Health Programme, online.
  • Follow these with ongoing groups for strong peer networks.
It’s all FREE and is commissioned by the NHS. You will learn and have space for:
  • Honest talking – being the real you
  • Empathic listening
  • Basic counselling skills
  • How to set up and be part of an ongoing group to talk for wellbeing. 
Find out what we’re about and join us for our next Taster on:
Date: Wednesday 17th June
Time: from 6-8pm
Sign up to a Taster here or for more information about who we are and what we do, you can subscribe to our newsletter by sending us an email at info@talkforhealth.co.uk

National Voices’ Covid Conversations
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“Please take a look at our full schedule of webinars which we have planned for the next month. The webinar ‘National Voices’ Covid Conversations‘, focuses on health inequalities during the Covid-19 crisis. Register below and we’ll circulate joining details.

Is Covid-19 widening the digital divide?
Date: Friday 19th June
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
We’ll be looking at what’s working and what’s not in the move to a more digital society and healthcare system? What technology should be kept post crisis? Finally, is the move to digital exacerbating existing health inequalities?
Register here.”

Mad Hearts: The Arts and Mental Health
Queen Mary Uni of London
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A one day online event organised by the MSc Creative Arts and Mental Health.
Date:  Friday 19th June 2020 | Online
Time:  10:40am – 4pm
“This one-day webinar explores productive, radical, contemporary encounters between the arts and mental health, bringing together clinical, artistic and research perspectives that offer a re-interpretation of contemporary mental health science and practice.
We welcome service users, mental health professionals, artists and researchers and any members of the general public interested in the way the arts can contribute to mental health.
More info and register here.”

Jobs & Recruitment
HEAR is seeking new trustees to help us move forward as we grow as a network and an organisation: a new Chair of Trustees, a Treasurer, and other trustees with the skills and interests to support our work going forward.
Please initially contact the Network Coordinator: christine@hearequality.org.uk
for more information. Find out more about HEAR here.
Various posts
Inclusion London
Inclusion London are seeking to appoint Deaf or
Disabled people to the following posts:
  • Policy & Campaigns Officer
  • Communications & Media Officer
  • Nothing About Us Without Us Project co-ordinator
Click here to find out more and how to apply.
Closing date:  Monday 15th June 2020
Underground Lights
Article ImageThe Underground Lights Board of Trustees meet at least four times a year and are responsible for the successful and legal running of the charity We’re a passionate and committed team – and we’re looking for people to help guide us towards success.
Find out more here

There are currently no face-to-face events. Please see listings above for virtual meetings.

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