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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Latest NSUN Bulletin

There is important information about how mental health groups are responding to welfare cuts here:

NSUN Bulletin: 14.9.10
Event: Art Exhibition
The Artists of 73a Centre invite you to Bexhill Museum for an exhibition of their digital and conventional art.
11th October 2010 from 12.30pm
For further information contact 01424 213099 email musicbeyondart@yahoo.co.uk

Event: National Coalition for Independent Action: Cuts: how do we respond?
The next NCIA Assembly meeting will be on Tuesday 26th October from 1.30pm to 5pm at the Institute for Family Therapy, 24-32 Stephenson Way , London NW1 2HX (nearest tubes Euston or Euston Square)
The subject will be cuts: how do we respond?
The focus will be on people's experiences locally and what they are doing.
We will start with tea, coffee, biscuits and introductions. We then have three speakers who will speak very briefly, followed by workshops exploring different ways of looking at the situation we are in and opportunities to work together.
Denise McDowell Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit
Will talk about GMIAU’s experience of mobilising people locally to challenge cuts to the organisation.
Romayne Phoenix Coalition of Resistance
Will talk about how the Coalition of Resistance started and how people can use it to build a stronger anti-cuts and anti- privatisation movement through local campaigns.
Julia Slay New Economics Foundation
Will talk about the research work of the social policy team at NEF about the impact of the cuts and the ‘Big Society’ agenda on public services.
A map of the location is here:
You may be able to have your travel expenses refunded if you're coming from outside London. Contact Rachael or Melaina for more information.
Please RSVP to rachael@independentaction.net or melaina@independentaction.net. Direct line: 020 8536 3828
Campaign: Madpride launches new campaign for Autumn
Welfare Benefits under threat from the new Coalition Government!
Mad Pride folk have decided to join in with other survivors to plan an Anti-Benefits Cuts Campaign of Direct Action in 2010.
Planning is Happening
About thirty people attended a meeting in Pogo's Cafe in Hackney, East London in July. Loads of ideas for the shape of a Campaign were put forward. A small group work on ways of supporting the Campaign.
There is a Forum on the site where everyone interested in joining or helping the campaign can meet up, leave messages, give opinions, support the campaign and each other. Read more about the Campaign here:
LATE ADVERT: Service User Interviewers Required to Work in partnership with Research Team (still time to apply)
University of Central Lancashire (uclan): Research to review the quality of Independent Mental Health Advocate services in England
uclan are looking to recruit 6-8 people who have used mental health services to become researchers on a Department of Health funded research project to review the quality of independent mental health advocate services across England.
A daily fee will be paid to either the individual or a nominated organisation and expenses will be reimbursed. Training will be given and interviewers will need to have a CRB check. If you are interested in being involved, please send a full CV together with a letter of application by Tuesday, 14th September 2010 and email it to Marian Lawrenson mjclawrenson@uclan.ac.uk.
Contact Karen Newbigging on 07974-929367 or KNewbigging@uclan.ac.uk if you would like more information and would like to discuss what is involved. Interviews will be held at the University in Preston on Tuesday, September 21st 2010.
Information: FSI: All About Small Charities
FSI builds knowledge for free about Fundraising. Why? Because without a secure income small charities cannot plan, improve or even guarantee you will be around to help those who depend upon you.
FSI helps to build skills in applying for funds, running events and appeals, learning how to look after your donations and how to communicate properly with your donors. We throw in the odd international expert to inspire you and event for you to take part in too.
FSI runs up to 40 fundraising training sessions a year for individuals from 100% not for profit organisations with an annual raised voluntary income of less than £1.5 million. Take a look at what is on offer and sign up for your place today.
FSI also facilitates workshops, holds a Drop-in clinic and runs an annual Forum.
Event: Second World Hearing Voices Congress & Intervoice Meeting
2nd, 3rd, 4th November 2010
Center Parcs, Sherwood Forest, Nottingham.
Participants include: Professor Marius Romme, Dr. Sandra Escher, Dirk Corsteins, Dorothy Rowe, Gail Hornstein, Rufus May, Peter Bullimore, Jacqui Dillon, Simon Mullins, Debra Lampshire, Caroline Von Taysen, Trevor Eyles, Olga Runciman, Sam Warner, plus many more.
For further information please contact:
Peter Bullimore: 07714930740, peterbullimore@yahoo.co.uk
Jacqui Dillon: 07951635033 jacquidillon333@aol.com 
Tori Reeve: 07590837017 torireeve@hotmail.com or lindawhiting54@yahoo.co.uk
Organised and sponsored by Asylum Associates
News: Patient Opinion
Patient Opinion newsletter, Summer issue:
Film: SUS
Based on Barrie Keeffe’s incendiary 1979 play, SUS is a claustrophobic thriller set around the time of Margaret Thatcher’s landslide election win. On the night of the election, two cops arrest a West-Indian man named Delroy on suspicion of a serious offence and take him in for questioning. Made all the more poignant by today’s changing socio-political climate, Heath’s film is a shocking indictment of past institutional that will resonate with contemporary audiences. To honour Black History month the Ritzy will present a special screening of SUS followed by a panel discussion hosted by Mia Morris, founder of Black History 365 Magazine and www.black-history-month.co.uk with the below participants, all of whom have been long time active residents of the Brixton community.
Mavis Best – Founder of the “Scrap SUS” campaign
Marsha Prescod – Solicitor and Lecturer at South Bank University, active during “Scrap SUS” campaign
Marcia Rigg-Samuel – Founder of “Sean Rigg Justice and Change Campaign”
Michael Groce – Sparked 1985 Brixton riot when his mother Cherry Groce was shot in the back
Information: The National Programme for IT
A Department of Health review of the National Programme for IT has concluded that a centralised, national approach is no longer required, and that amore locally-led plural system of procurement should operate, whilst continuing with national applications already procured.
A new approach to implementation will take a modular approach, allowing NHS organisations to introduce smaller, more manageable change, in line with their business requirements and capacity. NHS services will be the customers of a more plural system of IT embodying the core assumption of ‘connect all’, rather than ‘replace all’ systems.
Read the full press release at:
Publications: Department of Work and Pensions

Information: Right to Control
The government has launched the above consultation for disabled adults. Right to Control will give disabled people more choice and control over support they receive from public bodies, recognising that they are the experts in their own lives. The Office for Disability Issues (ODI) will be testing it in eight local authority areas for two years from 2010  – subject to Royal Assent.
This initiative builds on the personalisation agenda and the transformation of services which are part of the cross government concordat 'Putting People First', as well as identifying opportunities for streamlining the delivery of services to customers. The ODI is inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local authorities who would like to work with Jobcentre Plus to be trailblazers for the Right to Control. Areas who submit an Expressions of Interest will be able to access support and advice from the ODI in developing their proposals for becoming trailblazers. The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 7 October 2009 and information about it can be found on the ODI website.
Right to Control – on the ODI website
Event: Group Psychotherapy for our Evidence-Based Times: Research and Service user Perspectives
A conference hosted jointly by the Institute of Group Analysis and Group Analytic Society
Friday 12th November 2010
9.00am to 5.00pm
NCVO, Regent’s Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL (10 mins from Kings Cross Station)
Group Analysts have for some time been concerned about the position of group psychotherapy, and group analysis, in an NHS where decisions about services are increasingly dominated by evidence-based NICE Guidelines.

  • To summarise the key findings and recommendations of the systematic review

  • To consider how best to provide an evidence base through research, appropriate to our clinical practice

  • To discuss the advantages, disadvantages and methods of effective service evaluation

  • To create openness to service user feedback to improve our services; and gathering service user testimony to present to commissioners

  • To provide a forum to discuss the ambivalence about outcome research

The Organising Committee: Dr Jenny Potter (Chair), Alison Faulkner, Rex Haigh, David Kennard, Wil Pennycook and Don Montgomery

Fees (includes lunch and refreshments)
IGA and GAS members: £50, Non-members: £65, Students: £30
There will be a limited number of free places for service users
Online at www.groupanalysis.org or email lucy@igalondon.org.uk
For up to date information visit:
For enquiries phone 020 7431 2693
Campaign: Time To Change
The campaign, which will involve radio and press advertising, features the results of a social experiment in which people with mental health problems placed ads on dating and flatshare websites.
Time To Change wants to find out how the response rates to their ads varied depending on whether they revealed their mental health problem or not.
The social experiment is a powerful way to engage people and get them thinking about their own attitudes and behaviour. These are real people looking for a date or a new flatmate - both people and situations that everyone can relate to. But when volunteers are open about their mental health problem, they receive fewer responses.
The personal nature of the experiment gets people thinking. Would they date someone with a mental health problem? Why? Why not?
Key dates:
Wednesday 15 September: The campaign launches with radio and press coverage; and a documentary about our volunteer Erik's experience of taking part will be available online
Monday 20 September: Advertising in the press and magazines, on the radio and online
9-17 October: We'll be asking people to pledge at Time to Get Moving events nationwide.
Exciting new pledge materials including bunting and outdoor banners are going into our 'campaign in a box' kits from this week - ordering one is a great way to get the message out there and encourage people to pledge at your own Time to Get Moving events this autumn.
Information: National Occupational Standards for Psychological Therapies (Skills for Health)
Skills for Health (SfH) are developing National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Psychological Therapies.
The project will focus on the delivery of Psychological Therapy and will focus on four therapy areas covering adults and children:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Psychodynamic Psychoanalytic Therapy

  • Systemic and Family Therapy

  • Humanistic Therapy

A pdf version of the Digest is now available Digest of NOS for Psychological TherapiesFor more information contact: ptherapies@skillsforhealth.org.uk

Research Project: Mental Health - Person To Person
Canterbury Christ Church University: The core research project group is made up of people who have differing levels of mental health service user experience and professional training, and we have started to work with a new service user research group called ResearchNet whose members are helping us create a user-friendly web site - e.g. making short videos explaining the project, with the help of art therapist Neil Springham.
We want to find out what people have most valued when they have received help for a mental health issue. What are the experiences that most enabled people to actually feel like people?
Also for mental health workers - whether statutory or voluntary, assistant or trainee - what sort of service contexts brought out the best in them and enabled them to be people and work really well with service users and carers. We will spread the word as widely as possible about what we learn: about how mental health services can work well for everyone.
For more information contact: Sue Holttum, Senior Lecturer and mental health service user sue.holttum@canterbury.ac.uk 01892 507 677.
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