The SWAN 2014 conference at Durham University saw a unanimous vote in favour of a Mental Health Charter, developed in response to the ballooning crisis in UK wide mental health services.

Since then, the Charter has provided the basis for much joint work with other interested parties and we encourage all those interested in campaigning on this issue to make use of it.

The Charter states that it "describes reasons for the current crisis and suggests what needs to be done to resist and build alternatives. It seeks to be a starting point for discussion and action rather than a definitive statement. SWAN invites those who support the broad perspective described here whether as an individual or on behalf of service user and community groups, campaigns, trade unions and services to endorse the Charter but also to develop further resources from it. More importantly we hope the Charter will be a useful campaigning tool for activists to help build alliances of resistance and to contribute to the development of more and better support for those with mental health needs."

Please see the attachments below.

  • Hope for Social Work: Baby P Pamphlet

SWAN put together a booklet on debates and issues raised by the Baby P events in 2009. The booklet runs to 116 pages and includes contributions from leading social work academics (including Peter Beresford, Sue White, Chris Jones), frontline workers, service users and trade union officials (from both Unison and Aspect). The contributions are all a response to a lead article by Iain Ferguson and Michael Lavalette.

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