Mad? I’m furious!

Mad? I’m furious!

My first contact with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium (LMHC) was in February 2003, when I wrote them a very terse letter complaining bitterly that I had been unable to access a place at their national Snakes & Ladders Conference & denouncing them for exclusivity & poor communication.
Fast-forward 9 months, & they advertised a post with a person specification clearly stating that lived experience of mental distress was a ‘desirable quality’.

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

Austerity is denying patients and care service users a voice

User involvement in professional education was pioneered in social work, where service user and carer involvement is required at all stages. Students, service users, carers and educators all strongly support such involvement and see it as a key way of improving the culture of practice.

Shadow Mental Health Minister & Contender For Greater Manchester Mayor 2017 Video

MANCHESTER USER’S NETWORK PUBLIC MEETING (MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS) With Guest Speakers: Luciana Berger MP Plus Ivan Lewis MP ( Now the Challenger for Mayor of Greater Manchester)

Shadow Mental Health Minister & Contender For Greater Manchester Mayor 2017 Video

Manchester Users Network hosted a Public meeting at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester. Please watch this video of the event. MANCHESTER USER’S NETWORK PUBLIC MEETING (MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS) With Guest Speakers: Luciana Berger MP (Berger is the great niece of the famous 20th centenary trade unionist Manny Shinwell )    Plus  Ivan Lewis MP ( Now […]

Manchester mental health services in deep crisis

Manchester Users Network leader and NSUN member, Alan Hartman warns of the deepening crisis in Mental Health Services that puts even more people at risk of suicide.

He states “the new round of £1.5m worth of cuts will hit more than 650 patients and a huge fear for service users is that services will not provide any therapeutic support but resort only to giving medications which can cause devastating side effects and can make people worse.”

NSUN Letter To Manchester Users Network Referencing “Service User”

NSUN Letter To Manchester Users Network Referencing “Service User”

Re: Patient and Public Involvement in Research Strategy January 2014

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was asked by the Manchester Users Network (one of our member groups), to provide comments on the above strategy.

This was in relation to the definition of ‘Service User’ on page 5 and the serious concerns from ‘service users’ that the definition used was both excluding and restrictive in terms of involvement.