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.
Groups in England
It was in the seventies that a number of independent democratic organisations of mental patients began to organise themselves locally and attempt to link together. Since then a change of attitude has contributed to an acceptance of the 'patients' view as being valued (Griffiths Report 1989). The involvement of people using services is now a mandatory requirement and included in current policy.
For more information about the history of the Survivor Movement visit the Survivors History site.
The strength of peer support and independent action has always been known but not always acknowledged and until more recently, not sufficiently funded. Meeting as equals to give each other support on a reciprocal basis, develop alternative support and challenge stigma is beneficial to both individual wellbeing and the wider mental health world.
Service user/survivor groups now exist in each region around the country. See a Glossary of Terms for definitions of the 'service user movement', service user, service user led and service user involvement.
You can find your local groups and learn more about the work they do by clicking on the star nearest to you on the map below.