National Survivor User Network is recruiting new Trustees
We have just opened recruitment for up to three new Trustees, including a Treasurer, to help us strengthen our governance and shape our strategic direction.
NSUN is a network of people and groups with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, or trauma. As a membership organisation with over 5000 members, NSUN connects individuals and groups and then supports, encourages, amplifies, and advocates so that the issues, ideas, dreams, and ambitions of those who live with long-term distress and/or mental ill-health can become actions. This is an incredibly exciting time to join us as a Trustee: NSUN is in a period of growth and change, and this a real opportunity to be part of this journey and help strengthen the organisation from within.
NSUN is a user-led organisation: lived experience is at the heart of our work. Each Trustee must have lived experience of mental ill-health, trauma, or distress. We particularly welcome applications from people from under-represented and/or marginalised communities, including people from racialised communities, disabled people and people under 30.
If you would like to ask questions or speak to current Trustees before applying, you can sign up for our Q&A webinar on Tuesday 20th July at 3pm here.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, Thursday 29th July. Interviews will be held on the 12th & 13th of August.
Keeping Control resource translations
NSUN & SEEAC
We have just published Indonesian, Tagalog (Filipino) and Vietnamese translations of our Keeping Control resource for anyone who has experienced abuse, victimisation or hate crime directed at them because of their mental distress or psychiatric diagnosis. You can find the new translations here.
The resource, by Alison Faulkner, is also available in Arabic, Bengali, English, Gujarati, & Urdu. An easy read English version is also available.
You can also listen to short interviews with Alison Faulkner, Christine Khisa, Ian Loynes, Sarah Carr and Tina Coldham about the Keeping Control project and addressing discrimination people face within systems here.
Articles, blogs, vlogs, and more
We want to use this space to feature members' blogs, posts, vlogs, podcasts and articles. Please email us at email@example.com you would like to share yours with the network here.
#StopSIM - Halt the rollout and delivery of SIM and conduct an independent review
"This petitionwas started by the StopSIM Coalition. We are a group of mental health service users, survivors and allies calling on NHS England to halt the development and rollout of ‘Serenity Integrated Mentoring’ (SIM), created by the ‘High Intensity Network' (HIN), with immediate effect, and to conduct an independent review. We believe that SIM is an unacceptable step backwards in disability justice and has the effect of criminalising mental distress/illness.
We ask you to sign this petition, calling on NHS England to:
Halt the rollout and delivery of SIM with immediate effect, as well as interventions operating under a different name, which are associated with the High Intensity Network (HIN).
Conduct an independent review and evaluation of SIM in regards to its evidence base, safety, legality, ethics, governance and acceptability to service users."
The #StopSIM Coalition has released statements which you can read on their website (you can also sign up to the mailing list via this website), and a write to your MP tool. They are currently taking a short break from social media to focus on their own mental health after weeks of tireless activism, but saw the High Intensity Network "close permanently" recently, which you can read about here via Disability News Service.
The seminar looks at the structural and social determinants of race and racism as public mental health concern disguised by the White PaperReview of the Mental Health Act (2021) for clinical and competency changes. It analyses the inter-related factors of class, gender, education as important contributing factors to the over-representation of racialised (ethnically diverse) communities, suffering from Covid-19 and long-term medical diseases.
It looks at the need to avoid a simple reductionist approach posed by the Commission on Race and Ethnic disparities (2021), that positions black Caribbean men as the central race and public mental health concern. The seminar thus explores the escalator of other discriminatory experiences within the structures of British society; family, school, work and political systems, and the impact on the priority characteristics, such as religion and gender as depoliticised in the area of Racism as a public mental health concern."
Lived Experience Practioners Revolution - New Website
"Demanding Equity for the Lived Experience Professions!
The Lived Experience Professions and people who work within LXP posts do not have a professional association or union to provide support, supervision, protection or lobby for awareness. The LXP Revolution is not a replacement for this, but is the name that a grassroots coalition in Birmingham, UK have used to refer to their initial call for equality. We invite our comrades across the UK and further afield to join with their own local calls to be treated as equals – there is nothing quite like realising you are not alone in this.
Anybody can send in a blog to be posted either anonymously or with their own name, we can reblog blogs posted elsewhere via twitter threads
Click hereto visit the site and find out more about LXP Revolution."
Are you a Lived Experience Practitioner (LXP)? (Mad) Academic? Student? Clinician? Service User? Carer? Come and join us - Mad Studies is for everyone :-)
This month's Mad Studies theme is a continuation of Activism. Mad Studies itself is born from activism, as is Mad Literature. The Birmingham Mad Studies Group itself was actually set up as a response to local needs, a form of activism by its very existence.
Our monthly Birmingham Mad Studies group has a central focus on supporting Lived Experience Practitioners (i.e. peer support workers, service user researchers, service user consultants, etc) in their work through developing knowledge and being with others who work in their field. However, in the true spirit of 'Mad Studies', others who have an interest in this area are welcome to attend and learn. LXP's work alongside many other people, so sharing knowledge with others can help develop mutual understanding and strengthen working relationships."
Intentional Peer Support - Core Training
Intentional Peer Support
"A unique opportunity has arisen for people in Europe, Middle East and Africa for activists and people from marginalised communities to attend Intentional Peer Support core training on a pay what you can afford basis. This course will start on 3rd August and will be delivered once a week over 10 weeks in the evening.
Places are limited and we are inviting people to apply by completingthis form by 5th July 2021.
If successful you will be contacted by email in the first week of July. If you are unsuccessful and cost is a barrier to attending training please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options."
Patient Directors - The Next step in the Patient Revolution
Following on from the recent NICE Guidance that has endorsed the role of Patient Directors to help embed Shared Decision Making, InHealth Associates is running a free zoom event on 'The Role of the Patient Director - The Next Step In The Patient Revolution'
With Steve Laitner (GP, who came up with the idea), Lesley Preece (Patient Partner, Sussex MSK Partnership), and David Gilbert (Patient Director, Sussex MSK Partnership).
We believe an independent body led by people with lived experience should be created to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to monitor secure settings such as hospitals and assessment and treatment unit (ATUs), and hold them to account.
We have seen too many enquiries and reports talking about abuse. ‘We are sick, angry & upset; we wonder who cares about our lives?’. As of March 2019, over 2,000 learning disabled and autistic people were detained in ATUs & secure hospitals in the UK. This needs to stop.
#WeAreHumanToo are working for change, in 2021 there are concerns that repeated abuse in some institutions is still happening. People are being stripped of their Human Rights, living in fear without a voice."
We're launching our online peer support groups for lived experiences workers from June 2021. The groups will be hosted on Zoom during weekday evenings, and will be for lived experience activists, peer supporters and broader lived experience workers.
You don't need to be in 'paid work' to be part of these groups, volunteers are welcome to attend. The groups are intended for people who consider their activism, peer support or lived experience activities to constitute some kind of 'labour', and would like to support from others in a similar position.
The first groups in each series will be to decide what we're going to do with the time, how often we would like to have them and to set up our group agreements. We won't be doing much 'peer support' in group one, more getting ourselves set up with a good group!"
These are intended as safe and accessible spaces for men of colour to regularly gather in solidarity and healing.
The next couple of sessions will be focused on creativity as medicine. We will move through discussion, creative practices and movement as a means to share and reflect. The space will be a chance for us to reconnect to our innate creative potential as a form of healing within a community, following practices deeply rooted in various traditions.
The intentions for this space are on how we can break down patterns of harm in our communities, including gender hierarchies and gender based violence, by exploring and sharing the different forms of trauma and oppression that men of colour experience.
These circles are open to cis and trans men/trans masculine people of colour. The group will be capped at 10 participants, and sign up is first come, first serve."
Community-based Mental Health Services: Promoting Rights & Recovery Globally
All participants that complete the 30 minute survey in full will receive a gift voucher.
This is the UK’s first and largest survey of its kind to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of 17,000 black, minorities and religious minority people.
It is currently available in 14 different languages
The Evidence for Equality National Survey (EVENS) aims to inform work and campaigns for racial justice by providing robust evidence on a wide range of issues facing Black and minoritised communities during the pandemic."
Self Injury Support has been supporting people who self injure for over 30 years. We want to better understand the support you need if you self-injure. Please help us by filling in our survey to help us to improve our services and inform our training and campaigning work. You do not need to answer all of the questions if some are triggering. Anything you share will be helpful to us.
This survey is funded by the National Lottery. The survey is entirely confidential; you do not have to give your name or contact details unless you would like to take part in a follow-up interview.
Do you provide mental health support in the community?
Supporting VCSE organisations to deliver mental health services and support in London
"The Centre for Mental Health are conducting a project on behalf of the Greater London Authority, working alongside Mind and Thrive LDN. The pandemic has been and continues to be a difficult time for the voluntary and community sector and our communities. Both demand and delivery of support, including that relating to mental health, has changed significantly through the last year, including in terms of how VCSE and statutory partners work together to deliver services and support. The Centre for Mental Health have been asked to explore how the voluntary and community sector in London has experienced and responded to Covid-19 in terms of supporting Londoner's mental health.
Do you represent a voluntary or community sector organisation? If so you are invited to share your experiences in a short survey here.
The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.
It also includes an invitation to share further information in a short interview (approximately 30 mins) with the Centre for Mental Health.
Hidden Survivors: Uncovering the Mental Health Struggles of Young British Muslims
Better Community Business Network
"BCBN, in partnership with the University of East London, School of Psychology launched a landmark report on mental health in the Muslim community ‘Hidden Survivors’, a report on the mental health of young British Muslims. The report highlights the need to address the causes of poor health outcomes among minority ethnic groups by tackling structural racism and negative experiences that deter Muslims from accessing services, as well the importance of faith and culturally sensitive services to improve health outcomes.
The report was built off the back of a growing concern within Muslim communities across the UK regarding young Muslims mental well-being against a climate of increased economic and social challenges, growing Islamophobia in the media and online, and the academic pressures of youth.
The future of prison mental health care in England
Centre for Mental Health
"The future of prison mental health care in England was commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement, and shares examples of the good and innovative practice happening in prison mental health services. It also finds marked variation in provision from prison to prison, and a paucity of psychological therapy offers in some areas and for some categories of prisoners. Sadly, measures taken to protect people from Covid-19 have exacerbated the risk to mental health in prisons, and opportunities were missed to offer digital support during the crisis. Wider change is urgently needed to improve mental health among people in prison.
Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches
World Health Organisation (WHO)
"The WHO Guidance on community mental health services: Promoting person-centred and rights-based approaches documentis part of the WHO Guidance and technical packages on community mental health services set of publications.
It provides a detailed description of person-centred and human rights-based approaches in mental health, and summary examples of good practice services around the world. It describes the linkages needed with housing, education, employment and social protection sectors, and presents examples of integrated regional and national networks of community-based mental health services. Specific recommendations and action steps are presented for developing community mental health services that respect human rights and focus on recovery. This comprehensive document is accompanied by a set of seven technical packages focused on specific categories of mental health services and guidance for setting up new services.
"This paper examines the evidence on health inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people with a learning disability. While this issue has long been of concern, such as the higher risk of avoidable deaths in NHS care, the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown in stark terms just how extreme these inequalities are. People with learning disabilities were six times more likely to die from Covid and 40 percent of these deaths were people from Black and Pakistani communities.
The premise of this paper, after considering the literature, is that the circumstances of our birth need to be considered as they profoundly affect our life chances. Social inequalities create a barrier and promote disadvantage that impact on both health and mental health. Our starting point as authors was to analyse the research and publications that outline the inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.* The lack of literature for people with learning disabilities from BAME communities provided information in itself and informs the conclusions at the end of this paper
"The UK is in the midst of a crisis in living standards. Too many people do not have reliable access to the resources they need to meet the day-to-day costs for a decent quality of life. This was true before Covid-19, but the pandemic and the associated economic downturn have seen things exacerbate over the past 12 months. New forecast modelling produced for this report shows that by the end of the year, and without a change in government policy, 32% of the UK population – 21.4 million people – will be living below a socially acceptable living standard, as measured by the Minimum Income Standard (MIS). The MIS, the UK’s only needs-based approach to measuring living standards, identifies what needs must be met for an individual to thrive in the society in which they live
We are looking for exceptional people who share our vision for sustainable future rooted in liberation, equity, justice and health.
1) We are seeking a full time Personal Assistant and Administrator to provide office and administrative support to Healing Justice Ldn’s Executive Director. Duties will include all-round personal assistant support. As our Executive Director is a writer and curator involved in a wide variety of activities and projects, the successful candidate will be experienced and confident in communicating with a wide range of people and will have excellent copy editing and writing skills.
2) We are also seeking a full time Media and Communications Coordinatorto plan and deliver HJL’s communications and outreach strategies and campaigns. This includes: copywriting; designing and reviewing promotional materials; overseeing and managing the organisation’s social media presence; coordinating press outreach; supporting the delivery of organisational programmes (e.g. communicating with speakers & practitioners, supporting events, tech checks, briefings etc).You will be coordinating closely with the Healing Justice Ldn Communications and Programmes teams to accomplish these objectives."
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced caseworker to join Z2K’s advice services team to provide in-depth advice and casework on a range of Social Security and housing issues. You will have at least 2 years’ experience of providing social welfare advice and casework and the ability to manage a varied caseload. You will have in-depth knowledge and understanding of welfare benefits law, regulations and guidance as well as experience of representing clients at First-tier Tribunal. You will share our passion for tackling poverty and injustice and commitment to working in an anti-oppressive, non-discriminatory and empowering way with people from a range of backgrounds and experiences.
Z2K is an equal opportunity employer. People with lived experience of poverty, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ individuals and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. We welcome evidence of experience from both work and non-work settings such as volunteering and personal life"
Voice4Change England (V4CE) are pleased to announce the Windrush Community Fund. This fund is open to charities, community organisations and/or grassroots groups to bid for financial assistance from a £500,000 fund to help ensure that organisations and groups can raise awareness and support engagement among those eligible for the government’s Windrush Scheme and Windrush Compensation Scheme."
The Wakeham Trust provides grants to help people rebuild their communities. They are particularly interested in neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, or projects set up by those who are socially excluded.
The Trust also supports innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching (at any level, from primary schools to universities), though it never support individuals. They aim to refresh the parts that other funding sources can't reach, especially new ideas and unpopular causes. Because they do not appeal to the public for funds, they can take risks.
They favour small projects - often, but not always, start-ups and they try to break the vicious circle whereby you have to be established to get funding from major charities, but you have to get funding to get established.
The Trust does not favour any particular areas of activity. The best way to understand the kinds of projects they support is to look at their website."
Small Grants Scheme
"Our Small Grants Scheme is designed to support charities registered and operating in the United Kingdom, especially those working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities. Please note we are not able to support individuals. Online applications can be accepted from charities that have an annual turnover of less than £150,000 per annum.
What the Foundation will Fund
Our focus will be to make one-year grants only to cover core costs or essential equipment, to enable ongoing service provision, homeworking, or delivery of online digital services to charities that can show financial stability.
Our priority will be to support local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.
Organisations can apply for between £1,000 and £10,000. There are no deadlines for submission. Online Applications can be received at all times, but it may take up to four months to obtain a decision from Trustees.
The NLCF has reopened its "Awards for All" funding for Voluntary and Community Organisations in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. This funding aims to provide "a quicker way to apply for smaller amounts of funding between £300-£10,000 for up to one year.
"Our funding can be used to deliver activities, but also to help your organisation recover, adapt and thrive. This includes supporting you to become more financially resilient and operate in a more digital world. We can also help you to make useful connections with other organisations, whilst also supporting infrastructure to nurture grassroots community action.
We can cover core costs to help your organisation develop, share learning with others, support you to test activity designed to help your organisation work in new ways and help you better understand the difference you make."
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 OTemployed 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."
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