NSUN network for mental health is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with experience of mental health issues to give us a stronger voice in shaping policy and services.

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NSUN Members' Survey

1 December

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is seeking the views of members and stakeholders in order to evaluate our work and plan the coming year's priorities. Your opinions really matter to us - your responses not only help us shape the future of the organisation but also find out what issues you think are most important. You can read the reports from previous surveys and the top issues for members here.

It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

The deadline for responses is 30 January 2015

We would like to thank you in advance for giving up your time to complete this survey. 

You can complete the Survey here.

Professional Darts Champion joins Bipolar UK as Patron

17 December 2014

James Wade (pictured), a winner of eight major Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) titles, said he was 'delighted' to join Bipolar UK as Patron.

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Mental Health Task Force announced

24 November

The Deputy Prime Minister announced that he will establish and chair a new Mental Health Taskforce. The new taskforce will include Cabinet ministers from across the coalition government. In October this year, he announced a £120 million investment in mental health.

This will include the introduction in April 2015 of the first ever waiting time standards for mental health in the NHS.

Read more here.

4PI: A Framework for Involvement

24 November

The 4PI framework for involvement has been developed by people using services and carers. It is the result of a three year project based on years of work from within the survivor movement. Its main aim was to bring together all that knowledge and expertise in one place.

Some basic principles have been established to encourage people to think of involvement in terms of purposepresenceprocess and impact (4PI). This led to the publication of the 4PI National Involvement Standards. Read Alison Faulkner's blog on 4PI here.

Peerfest 2014

24 November

NSUN attended the peer support festival, Peerfest 2014 in Birmingham last week. Peer support involves people supporting each other as equals through their shared experiences. The event celebrated peer support in many different forms through poetry, music, workshops and debate.

People came together from across the country to share knowledge and make connections, catch up with old friends and meet new ones. 

Read more here.

Launch of Crisis Care standards

29 October 2014

NSUN attended and presented at the London Crisis Care Concordat launch of the Crisis Commissioning standards with the London Crisis Care Commissioning Guide earlier this week. Naomi James and Ghzala Ahmed presented on the service user and carer perspective of crisis prevention highlighting the importance of improving involvement, better care and crisis planning that follow your journey across a range of supports and resources. You can find out where the next events are happening here.

First ever NHS waiting times for mental health

8 October 2014


•    New waiting time standards & five-year plan to bring treatment for mental health problems on a par with physical health, and end years of discrimination.
•    £120 million to improve mental health services.

Read the full press release here.

Mental health events


There are many mental health events listed on our website, from conferences to regular walks and other opportunities to get together, organised in sevaral regions by either national organisations or local groups.

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