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National Survivor User Network NSUN, network for mental health
NSUN Bulletin Monday 16 April 2018
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Welcome to the 16 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
Do email us if you have any news or information that you would like included in a future bulletin. Previous bulletins can be viewed here.
Donations to NSUN are gratefully received for this free service. You can donate directly here.
NSUN news 
UN Special Rapporteur on Health'Reigniting the Space' project needs steering group members
The Collective Voice of User/Survivors from Racialised Groups:‘Reigniting the Space’ is currently recruiting members for a Steering Group to oversee, advise and support the development of a national network of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health service users and survivors.
The project, funded by Lankelly Chase, aims to bring together BME user/survivors and their groups to create a forum for collective political voice and action through facilitating networking, information sharing and collaboration.
To know more about about Reigniting the Space, please click here
To apply to be a steering group member, please click here
Survivors Researchers Network launch manifesto
Written by the Survivor Researcher Working Group, the SRN manifesto sets out the background and context to survivor and service user research and SRN's aims and values as a network. Read more here
NSUN backs the Recovery Space campaign
The Recovery Space campaign calls for the Finance Guidance and Claims Bill scheme to be extended to anyone receiving hospital or crisis care treatment for a mental health condition. Find out more and join the campaign here.
Survivors meet to work on how to advocate a human rights based approach to the Mental Health Act review
On Thursday, survivors met in Brixton to put together ideas for letters to the government and Professor Sir Simon Wessely and for a press release which advocate a human rights approach to current plans to reform the Mental Health Act. We will keep you informed on the progress of this work.
Learning Disabilities campaigner Simone Aspis took part and we re-publish her two topical blogs for the occasion (see below).
Member's blogs 
Simone Aspis is a disabled person who is acting as an advocate for detained in-patients with learning difficulties and autism who want to be released from psychiatric hospitals.
The Mental Health Act review inspired her these two blogs.
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London 
Suffragetes Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting  the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions  to societal transition.
23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.

This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding uk and Colin and Strawberry jazz.
Second Mental Disability Law Conference: call for papers and events guide and Call for advisory group members for new Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights 
Article ImageMental disability law (including both mental health law and mental capacity law) in the UK has come into its own in recent years, and there is now a wide range of researchers active in the field, in a variety of disciplines, along with people with lived experience.
  • Submission deadline: May 1
  • Last date of registration: June 19
  • Pre-conference event for students: June 25
  • Conference dates: June 26-27
  • Conference venue: Law and Social Sciences Building, University of Nottingham, University Park Campus, Nottingham NG7 2RD
For more information and links to the registration form and paper proposal form, please click here
The event's guide is here
Recruiting advisory group members for new Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights
The new Centre for Mental Health and Human Rights is for looking for three people with lived experience of mental distress to join the advisory board. The closing date is 14th May 2018.
Click here for more information and to download the application form.
Help develop a new website for voice hearers 
Article Image Everyday Life with Voices led by Elisabeth Svanholmer and Rufus May are looking for participants to describe their experiences to develop a new website for voice-hearers – expenses reimbursed with a gift voucher.
You can take part by responding to a questionnaire and by attending focus groups:
  • London, 03 May
  • Manchester, 04 May
For more information and a leaflet to download, please click here
Remembering Philip Morgan (SPiRiT) 
Philip Morgan This  event  is  organised  by  some  of  Philip  Morgan's  friends  and  supported  by  his family and the Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.
Come and join in remembering a brother, friend, mentor and community activist.
Date: 05 May
Time: 12noon - 04pm
Venue: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DQ
For more information, please download the invitation leaflet
Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity: Shaping Our Lives report 
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This report has been published by Shaping Our Lives in honour and memory of Patricia Chambers.
This report aims to improve understanding of good and bad experiences of service user involvement in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of public sector services and the challenges faced by service users in negotiating their dual role of both being a service user representative and recipients of services. This report will be of interest to Disabled people who are service users and for people who design, manage and evaluate services in the public sector.
This was a user-led piece of research designed and carried out by Disabled researchers. It arose directly out of a Disabled person’s own concern and was undertaken by a Disabled People’s Organisation.
Access the Service User identity research findings and the all the accompanying documents here.
The Mental Health Act: A Human Rights Perspective 
Mental health act from a human rights perspective
The English National Hearing Voices Network, presents ...

The Mental Health Act: A Human Rights Perspective

  • Professor Nimisha Patel (University of East London)
  • Dr Colin King (St George's University of London)
  • Dr Helen Spandler (University of Central Lancashire and Managing Editor: Asylum: the magazine for Democratic Psychiatry)
Date: Friday 27 april
Time: 10am - 4:30pm (registration from 9:30am)
Venue: Amnesty International 17-25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA
For more information and booking, please visit here
Speak Out Against Psychiatry (SOAP) meetings 
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Held every two weeks in general.
2.30 to 4.30pm
Meeting starts promptly upstairs at 2.30pm. Please be on time. If the upstairs room is not available meeting will move to the back of the downstairs room to the left of the front door or down the road to The Somers Town Coffee House, 60 Chalton Street, London, NW1 1HS
Dress up warm as there is no heating!
Find out more on the SOAP Facebook page and Twitter.
Young Minds publish 'Fighting For' report 
Fighting forYoung Minds have conducted two major surveys with parents and young people about what it was like to look for mental health support.
Only 9% of young people with mental health problems found it easy to get support.
Read the full report for all the findings.
IIMHL & IIDL Leadership Exchange 2018: Stockholm Sweden 
Article ImageThe International Initiative for Mental health Leadership 2018 Exchange is being held in Stockholm.
Date: 28 May - 1 June 2018
The final programme for the Network Meeting has now been released on the website and in the event app. 
You will find the app in App Store (IIMHL & IIDL 2018). 
In order to build the best possible experience the app can be used to answer some questions in advance and indicate interest in the different workshops run during the Network Meeting.  
Register here by1st May 2018
Special rate at Quality Hotel Globe
Limited depending on availability until April 25th. 
Walking Out of the Darkness 2018 events 
Article ImageThis year there are seven Walking Out of the Darkness events running from May until October. From Mental Health Awareness Week to World Mental Health Day. The events are taking place in London, Nottingham, York, Brighton, Bristol, Norwich and Birmingham.
Each event is an enjoyable 10 mile route through each city with views including Tower Bridge, York Castle Walls, Brighton Promenade, HMS Great Britain in Bristol and many more. Plus more Charities and Services offering Mental Health advice, information and support including Self-Care for everyone to improve their own Mental Wellbeing.
Walking Out Of Darkness is an opportunity to walk with family, friends and work colleagues; raising mental health awareness, creating zero suicide communities and fundraising for local and regional charities, across the country.
Find out more and register for your nearest event here.
Discount offer on HC-UK mental health conferences and master classes 
HC-UK HC-UK's 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.
20% discount by quoting ref: HCUK20NSUN when booking.(*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Full T&Cs available upon request.)
GOV.UK news 
CQC's brief guide on 'Recovery Orientated Practice'
Read the full paper here.
Open Consultation - civil society strategy
Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.
This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May
Final Government Response to the Law Commission's review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Mental Capacity
This is the final response by Caroline Dinenage (Minister of State for Health)
Improving the health and wellbeing of women in prison
Public Health England have published new Gender Specific Standards.
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