Welcome to the 12 March edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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BME mental health service users launch manifesto
The Kindred Minds BME mental health service user led manifesto text has been finalised.
The Manifesto builds upon over two decades of studies on BME mental health and involved consulting with over 200 BME service users in south London.
The manifesto is a unique resource, has been written by BME mental health service users and has a comprehensive vision for the policy and practice changes needed to improve the mental well-being of BME mental health service users.
NSUN is proud to have supported this work.
However, the project urgently still needs £6000 to fund design and publication costs. Please get in touch if you have any suggestions.
To read more about the Kindred Minds BME Manifesto, and download it in full or in summarised form, please click here
Coercive treatement and human rights in eating disorders in-patients units
A subversive colouring book by Dolly Sen
Dolly Sen describes herself as an artist who likes to 'put psychiatry over my lap and slap its naughty bum'. She is a writer, film-maker, mental health consultant and trainer, with lived experience of psychosis, mood disorder and PTSD.
Dolly's 'I love psychiatry colouring book' highlights all that is wrong with psychiatry, interspersed with some humorous pictures.
You can find out more about Dolly's work on herwebsite.
“I warned services he would die if he didn’t get help”
Headline Findings From Research Into Deaths By Suicide
In 2017 the Suicide Centre Charity started a research project into deaths by suicide which involved attending every inquest which was a possible suicide in the county it operates in (Gloucestershire).
Joy Hibbins, who runs the centre, has summarised the research findings. You can read more here.
The picture is of Shane, one of the people who sadly died and whose story features in the research. His mother allowed his photograph to be used in hope to raise awareness.
NSUN offers condolences to people who lost a loved one.
Involve publish co-production guidance
Co-producing a research project is an approach in which researchers, practitioners and the public work together, sharing power and responsibility from the start to the end of the project, including the generation of knowledge.
This guidance is a first step in moving toward clarity about what we mean by co-producing a research project. It explains the key principles and features of co-producing a research project and suggests ways to realise the principles and key features. Finally, the guidance outlines some of the key challenges that will need addressing, in further work, to aid those intending to take the co-producing research route.
Leeds Survivor-led Crisis Service (LSLCS) needs new Expert Advisors
Are you a current user of any LSLCS services?
Could you attend our bi-monthly board meetings for 2hrs on a Monday afternoon for 12 months?
The Board of Trustees of Leeds Survivor Led Crisis is looking for 2 Visitors or Callers who would be prepared to attend Board meetings for 12 months, to act as an expert advisor, as someone who currently uses our services.
For more information and how to apply, please click here.
Job opportunity: head of helpline services
Turn2us are looking for an energetic and talented individual to join their management team as Head of Helpline Services.
Working closely with the Turn2us helpline provider, a third party based in Scotland, the Head of Helpline Services will be responsible for planning and managing the development of the Turn2us helpline and a range of projects to support the delivery of helpline services.
The successful candidate will be a self-motivated and passionate individual who is determined to make a difference to the lives of people in financial need.
Salary: £44,000 per annum Hours: 35 hours per week Contract: Permanent Location: London, W6 Cloing date: Friday 23 March 2018 (noon) Interview date: 05 April 2018
To find out more details and how to apply please visit the Turn2us website.
Women detained under the Mental Health Act
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a reporton Mental Health Act detentions last week which highlighted particular failures in women's high secure care.
With Agenda's support, Luciana Berger MP tabled an urgent question in Parliament asking the government to respond to the findings.
A debate was held with the Minister for Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, who agreed more needed to be done to ensure patients' voices were heard and their rights protected and said the independent review of the Mental Health Act would help address those issues.
Demand government fixes broken disability assessment process
An influential committee of MPs has now called on the Government to make urgent changes to improve Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) assessments to restore confidence in the system.
The committee is calling for face-to-face assessments to be recorded and individuals to be given a copy of their assessors’ report.
We have heard time and again about the damage that assessments for ESA and PIP inflict on people with mental health problems.
Rethink are calling upon people to email Sarah Newton MP, to demand the Government fixes the broken assessment process.
You can take action using the online form set up by Rethink here
To inform this process a number of workshops have been held.
The aim is to bring together interested parties of all types (e.g. service users, carers, professionals) to share their views on how the Act and associated practice might be improved.The final workshop is being held in Cardiff.
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