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Survivor Researcher Network

The Survivor Researcher Network (SRN), a network set up to support people with lived experience of mental distress with an interest in research was hosted by the Mental Health Foundation until recently.

It has now moved to the National Survivor User Network (NSUN).

Following a survey of members' view we are now planning to re-launch the network in order to continue supporting survivor researchers.

The survey has provided us with a better understanding of people’s interests and skills in user/survivor research. It has also helped to formulate draft aims and objectives and potential work of the new research network.

Based on the survey feedback described above, the following aims and objectives are suggested:

Overall aim of the network:

  • To provide mental health service users and survivors involved and interested in research a forum for networking, sharing information and supporting each other.


  • Act as a hub for resources, information, opportunities and support
  • Work on a peer support model, in collaboration and partnership
  • Promote the importance of concepts and evidence based on lived experience as fundamental to the knowledge base on mental health, human rights and social justice
  • Campaign to rebalance the hierarchy of evidence currently existing in mental health research
  • Influence mental health policy and practice through user/survivor-led research
  • Increase the capacity, skills and knowledge of survivor researchers through mutual support, mentoring and, wherever possible, training and learning opportunities
  • Work from a value base of inclusion, acknowledging the diversity of experiences, identities and backgrounds of survivor researchers

The findings of the survey are now available below:

Seminar held in July 2016

On Tuesday 26 July 2016, members of the SRN met for a seminar entitled ‘Reclaiming, Challenging and Reviving Survivor Research’.

You can find out more about NSUN's approach to research from the Theoretical Framework and  Methodology for Qualitative Research paper.


Further information

If you need any further information, please contact:

Emma Ormerod 
Research Project Co-ordinator
07872 060924
(Part time: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday)