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Tuesday 10 October 2017 - World Mental Health Day
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Welcome to the World Mental Health Day special bulletin.
This year marks the 25th anniversary since the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) founded the awareness day in 1992. Since then people all over the world have been holding events, making announcements and raising awareness of themed issues for #WorldMentalHealthDay. This year's theme is Mental Health in the Workplace - addressing the value of promoting well-being in work settings of all kinds.
The vision of the WFMH 'is to start the discussion so that we can define best practice in promoting mental health in the workplace and create a broad coalition to promote best practice, decrease negative attitudes and discrimination and empower individuals to promote mental health and dignity for all.'
You can download WMHD 2017 report.pdf and also download images for social media on the WFMH website here.
WFMH is also asking organisations to sign a pedge to show commitment to:
  • Appreciation of employees and workers
  • Creating of a supportive environment
  • Identification of early signs of burnout
  • Creating an organisational culture which reflects value systems and beliefs
  • Stress management
  • Building awareness and reducing stigma
  • Mental health wellness and providing support for employees who need it.
NSUN comment
World Mental Health Day provides the mental health community with the opportunity to promote and profile what's happening around the country and around the world. This year, follows what many referred to as the 'Year of Mental Health' due to the unprecidented interest and media cover for mental health in 2016 and sees continued focus on mental health support from the young Royals. 
Today the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are starting off the day hosting a reception at St James’s Palace to celebrate the impact of Heads Together and thanking all of those who played a key role in the success of the campaign. In the  evening, The Duke and Duchess and Prince Harry will attend a reception at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the contribution of those working in the mental health sector across the UK. 
Read some thoughts about this year's World Mental Health Day from:
  • NSUN's Sarah Yiannoullou in her blog World Mental Health Day - A day of contradictions! and, 
  • Mark Brown from Social Spider in his piece The discussion about work and mental health is anything but cause for celebration for people with long term mental health needs (see attached).
NSUN news 
Mental Health Act review
Last week the Prime Minister announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found hereThe terms of reference state that the review should closely involve service users and carers (both current and past) in all aspects of its work. It should:
  • The human rights of people with lived experience should be respected and upheld and our power and choices should be returned to us
  • The Mental Health Act (2007) is out of date and there is a tension between the Human Rights Act (1998) and the Mental Health Act
  • Lived experience and survivor knowledge should be valued as part of the ‘evidence base’ that is used to inform research and decisions made by policy makers and commissioners
Statutory services should be complying with human rights legislation and regulators should be enforcing and prosecuting breaches of human rights (eg. ill-treatment or wilful neglect under section 127 of the Mental Health Act or section 44 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005). Our work with the British Institute of Human Rights led to the production of resources to enable people to use a rights-based approach to challenge practice that does not comply.
As a network we will continue to campaign for radical reform of the Mental Health Act (2007) to make the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability (UNCRPD) a reality for people with lived experience of mental distress, as part of the wider disability community - a Mental Health Rights Act! 
Supporting NSUN
If you would like to support our work you can either donate via our Total Giving page or raise money without any extra cost to you by shopping online through The Giving Machine.
Selected blogs 
Katie Siobhan candidly shares her thoughts on anti-stigma campaigns, speaking out about mental health and the loss of her brother. Read the full blog here.
The discussion about work and mental health is anything but cause for celebration for people with long term mental health needs by Mark Brown
Using Human Rights to strengthen policy work: Sarah Yiannoullou talks about NSUN's work with the British Institue of Human Rights (BIHR) and how it has shaped current and planned work.
Asylum: autumn edition out now 
Article ImageSummary from Asylum webpage: The lead article in this issue concerns the artist, Bryan Charnley. Bryan suffered with mental health problems for many years, was diagnosed and treated for schizophrenia, decided to stop taking his meds, and finally took his own life. The article includes images and writings he produced when he had stopped his meds and descended into his own nightmare world. Co-authored by the artist’s twin brother, this article offers no easy answers.
Other articles included from: Rachel Rowan Olive, Bryan Charnley, James Charnley and Nick Bohannon, Haigh and Jan Lees, Ronda E. Richardson, Oliver Swingler, Erin Mueller, Megan Tyler, Mark Twain, Helen Spandler, Sean Burn, Adrian Chapman.
World Mental Health Day events - 10th October 
Gateshead World Mental Health Day event - Shipley Art Gallery
Find out what mental health services are available to Gateshead residents
Get involved in art and culture activities Live music, free food and refreshments
Time: 11am - 3pm
Venue: Prince Consort Road, Gateshead, NE8 4JB
Craig Lynch at Gateshead Mental Health User Voice       
Phone 0191 4777 381, email 
Arts All Over The Place
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Venue: mac birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Drop in celebratory visual arts throughout the day
12pm - 4pm POSITIVE VIBRATIONS  World Mental Health Day Celebrations with music and  
mayhem. Spliced with dancing & singing for wellbeing, poetry and performance from artists and performers across the City
THE EMERGENCY POET (at The Terrace) 11am - 4pm 
The world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service. A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes 
poems as cures    
For any further information please contact  07561 063969
Berkshire breaking records
A group of volunteers in Berkshire are getting together to teach what they hope will be the world's largest mental health lesson. The event is being held at the Madejski Stadium on World Mental Health Day. Run by Brighter Berkshire, this is part of a year long fundraising campaign to fund local projects and voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues. Find out more here.
Universal Credit Open Day 
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Date: Friday 13th October 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Location: Newington Community Centre, Princess Margaret Avenue, Ramsgate,CT12 6HX
Newington Big Local are holding an open event in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Citizens Advice Thanet, Thanet District Council and Together Canterbury to give you more information about Universal Credit. It is a chance to ask questions, along with finding out where you can get help.
Free budgeting and debt advice, CV writing, free courses and more.This event is open to everyone in Thanet.
Mindfulness Based Black therapy (MBBT): training events 
Meditation Circle
Part of the MBBT – Diversity & Inclusion Teacher Training Programme
Mindfulness Based Black Therapy (MBBT) combines MBSR/MBCT and considers issues of race, culture and ethnicity.  The objectives are to provide safe learning spaces for students from BAME backgrounds, to consider mindfulness as a valuable resource for good mental health and stress reduction, and also enable BAME people to grow and find their true potential.
We welcome people from any race, creed or background to take part in the following events:
  • 14 October 2017,  MBBT taster day, 1-4pm ‘Overview of mindfulness training paths’
  • 2 December 2017, Teacher Training Day, 10am – 5pm.‘Mindfulness & working with internalised racism and rage’
  • 13 January 2018, 8-week MBBT programme course 'Our pilot stress reduction course for people of colour’
  • 1-8 June 2018, a full week’s Teacher Training retreat in the New Forest‘Our first annual teacher training retreat for people of colour’
Venue: Top floor, St Mary’s Church, Putney Bridge, London
In association with BAATN – the Black, African & Asian Therapists’ Network (
Cost & Booking: 
14 October, booking through Baatn, £12
2 December, booking through Baatn, £70 (£55 for Baatn members; £40 concessions)
13 January, booking through Baatn, £180 (£150 for Baatn members; £100 concessions)
For more information please see or contact
Mental Health Act debate
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Date: Wed 22 November 2017
Time: 17:30 – 20:30
Venue: Wolfson Lecture Theatre
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London, 16 De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF
Participants will express views (for and against) on the statement '‘This house believes that fundamental reform of the Mental Health Act is required to reduce discrimination and unnecessary detention’'
You can attend for free. Registration is open here.
Helplines Partnership: Helpline Awards 2017 
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Have you booked your place at the Helpline Event of the Year?
Date: Thursday 30 November 2017
More speakers and presenters have recently been announced on our website. Find out more.
Don't forget to nominate in the Helpline Awards 2017.
Closing date for nominations is Friday 27 October 2017.
Big Brother: an intimate photographic portrayal 
Article ImageBig Brother is an intimate photographic portrayal of Justin’s struggle with schizophrenia by his sister Louis Quail, to be published as a book in partnership with Dewi Lewis Publishing. 
  • Shortlisted  finalist  in  the  Renaissance  Photography  prize  2017  (winners   announced  October  11th)   
  • Awarded  the  Metro  Portfolio  prize  at  Format17 Photography  Festival     
  • "Big  Brother",  is  a  cover  story  reviewed  in  Source  Magazine,  and  BJP  Online.  
 This  project  challenges  stereotypes  and  in  doing  so  reveals  a  system  in  crisis,  but  at   its  heart  is  a  love  story  and  a  project  that  values  those  suffering  with  mental  health   issues.    

A Kickstarter campaign has been set up to raise money to fund  the book Big Brother. Please feel free to  share it in your social networks with your friends and colleagues. hours.

Short link to copy and paste: I SEE THE KICK STARTER HERE
Hackney Women's Haven group 
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Improving African & Caribbean heritage women’s health & well-being
Thinking Space - This space is especially for women who have experienced any form of abuse. 
Meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month during term time, creating a safe space to talk about what’s on our minds and offer each other support. Regular attendees will also have the opportunity to be trained as volunteers. 
You can drop-in anytime from 10.30am-12.00pm. Session ends at 12.30pm.
For enquiries please contact Hackney Women’s Haven: 0207 275 0385  | |
Research surveys 
Transition from child to adult mental health services
Kate Massey-Chase is a researcher at the University of Exeter. Kate is designing a Drama project to support young people who are going through the transition from child to adult mental health services. Kate is looking for people to participate who have been service users, parents/carers of young people and professional who work in children’s and/or adults' mental health services.  Here are the questionnaires for: Serviceusers,  Parents/carerProfessionals
If you have any questions, please contact Kate at
What helped and what hindered: A qualitative study into people’s experiences of interventions on their journey of ceasing non-suicidal self- Injury (NSSI).
The focus of this research is to gain in depth understanding of experiences of whathas assisted and hindered people to stop non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). This research is important as it has the potential to provide critical information regarding the type of treatment, intervention, and support which helped you in stopping non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI); with the aim of informing and supporting others. If you are 18 yrs old or above, and this is something that you would like to volunteer and contribute towards please contact Lorna Robinson (counselling psychology postgraduate student in the Department of Health and Social Sciences, University of the West of England,Bristol. If you are interested, please email:
Survey about Oral Anti-Psychotic Medication
Charlotte Golshetti works for Rethink as a support worker and is a student on the Masters Psychology conversion course, at Nottingham Trent University. If you use any Rethink service and take anti-psychotic tablets for schizophrenia or a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, then please feel free to take part in this survey. Charlotte is looking at the reasons why people with these conditions choose to take their anti-psychotic tablets.
You can read more and access the survey here.
Mental health in the news 
The Guardian:
The Independent:
The Mail online:
 The Telegraph:
GOV.UK news 
Mental Health Act review
The Prime Minister has announced plans for an independent review of the Mental Health Act, chaired by Professor Sir Simon Wessely. Details about the review, including the terms of reference, can be found here.
Video of the NHS Board meetingThe NHS England Board meeting was broadcast live on 28 September
Sexual Orientaion Monitoring Standard published. Working closely with key stakeholders including NHS Digital, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) Foundation led the work to develop a Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard on behalf of NHS England.
FREE Regional Social Prescribing Conferences:
Race, Mental Health and  Criminal Justice: Moving Forward
Nacro, Clinks, Race Equality Foundation, and Association of Mental Health Providers have published a briefing Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward that explores how pathways for people from BAME communities can be more effectively integrated to provide the most appropriate and timely support for those with mental health needs who are in contact with, or end up in, the criminal justice system. It considers what strategies should be in place to:
  1. address key challenges highlighted by BAME communities who have experience of both the justice and mental health systems
  2. address disproportionality and ensure that people’s needs are effectively and appropriately addressed
Disclaimer: Not all material included in this newsletter are generated by NSUN. Where possible we try to share materials which reflect the diversity (geographical and other) of an entire national network. We welcome suggestions from you, so please email the editor
Sharing is not endorsing
Sources: Asylum, Hackney CVS, Gary O'Brien, The Mail, The Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph,

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