We are a network of people and groups living in England who have and do experience mental distress and want to change things for the better. By connecting our members, and amplifying their experiences and aspirations, we influence policy, practice and perception, in order to reduce disadvantage and discrimination and stop people being ignored and isolated.

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I do matter, we all matter

'It is really something to come out of hospital, after taking an overdose, and feel worse than what drove one to take the overdose in the first place.'

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Our manifesto

...Make the policy of ‘getting the right support, at the right time, in the right place, from the right person’ a reality... Download the 2017 Manifesto

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Our work

Campaigns

Our campaigns are based on the points prioritised in our Members' Manifesto. All of our work aims to take action to improve things for people who experience distress, discrimination and disadvantage.

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Projects

All of our work takes forward the intentions set out in our Members’ Manifesto. We aim to connect, communicate, inform and influence by facilitating ‘real’ involvement and co-production, collective action and mutual support.

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Research & policy

Our research is led by people with experience of distress, discrimination and disadvantage - we’re not just involved! We want to ensure that our messages are seen as credible and valid and result in recommendations that make a difference.

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How you can help

Join as a member

We are a ‘user led’ network of over 4500 individual and group members. Join us to find out what's happening across England to improve the experiences of people who need services and support when in distress. We aim to connect, inform and influence.

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Members' campaigns

If you have an issue that you need help with or want to share, this is your opportunity to find out if it is experienced by others. We can help you communicate with other members, understand the relevant policies and facilitate links with decision makers.

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How to get involved

If you want your voice heard or would like to support our work then there are many ways to get involved with the network. Whether it’s supporting a campaign or a project your valuable experience will help strengthen the network.

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Join a discussion

Our members have a lot to say so why don’t you connect and find out what the most current issues and concerns are and join the debate. Your individual voice is critical in creating a direct, independent and collective national voice.

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Latest

  • NSUN announces new CEO

    In January 2020, Akiko Hart will join NSUN as CEO. Sarah Yiannoullou will be leaving after an amazing 10 years of growing NSUN’s network and working to put our members manifesto into action. Akiko introduces herself and shares her hopes for the future of NSUN. Read more

  • World Mental Health Day - the crisis of user-led organisations

    User-led groups can make life worth living. Our 2019 campaign is to raise awareness of the loss of hundreds of user-led groups over the last few years and the crisis facing those that still exist. They have a significant role to play in supporting people going through the bleakest and most difficult moments of life. Read more

  • Every Mind Matters campaign

    Every Mind Matters campaign was launched 7th October - It's a free NHS-approved online tool, which helps people build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, improve their sleep and help them feel more in control. Read more