Welcome to the 16 April edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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'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).
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.
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 .....it 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
Mental 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
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 herefor more information and to download the application form.
Help develop a new website for voice hearers
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)
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
Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity: Shaping Our Lives report
This report has been published byShaping Our Livesin 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
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
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
Limited depending on availability until April 25th.
Walking Out of the Darkness 2018 events
This 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'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.)
CQC's brief guide on 'Recovery Orientated Practice'
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