What We Have Achieved So Far:
Our coalition held our first official meeting on 15th April 2021, in response to a growing conversation started on Twitter by people with lived experience of mental health services, who were researching and speaking out about SIM. The concerted effort of these individuals over weeks, months, and in some cases years must be acknowledged.
Since coming together, we have worked tirelessly to continue the research started by those service users and survivors, and bring this information into the public domain. We have published a number of statements on the different aspects of SIM that are a cause for concern. These can be read here on our website. We have also sent these statements to NHS England, the National Police Chiefs Council and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service. We will continue to release statements and campaign for SIM to be halted while an inquiry is carried out.
Thanks to the extraordinary hard work and support of the service user / survivor community, the #StopSIM campaign has received significant attention and support. The campaign has been endorsed by a number of clinicians, academics, and professional bodies. Including:
Tim Kendall, NHS England National Clinical Director for Mental Health. Who Tweeted on 07/05/21:
“I’m concerned by what you’ve raised. There’s no evidence base that I know of for the SIM model. It is paramount that NICE guidelines for self-harm and ‘BPD’ are adhered to. We’ll be asking all MH Trust MDs [Managing Directors] and DoNs [Directors of Nursing] to review the care being provided locally”
Royal College of Nurses (RCN) published a formal position statement in support of our campaign on 07/05/21:
“The exceptional lived-experience drive around this issue cannot be ignored […] The group echoed the concerns raised by the #StopSIM Coalition, supporting the full content of their letter in full […] The personal outcomes of service-users must not be overshadowed by measurements of cost savings. Members identified the need for an urgent training needs evaluation of mental health nursing (pre-reg and post-reg) to determine the profession’s capability and competence to support people with complex emotional needs (or ‘high intensity users’). A training needs evaluation must also attend to the wider community of emergency and crisis workers (including A&E staff).”
There has also been considerable public support for the campaign. Our online petition has received over 5,000 signatures in the 2 weeks since it was launched. Our supporters have also been incredibly creative in producing an array of #StopSIM artwork for the campaign, some of which can be viewed here.