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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It's time for full legal equality

A member's blog reflecting on the need for full legal equality - without which it will never be fully ok to talk about mental health

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Author: Stephanie Taylor King

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

  • December 2017 news from the London network

    The London network co-ordinator shares national and local news: Race Disparity Audit: focus on unequal detention rates for Black people, Black Thrive works to challenge Black mental health inequalities, Launch of Synergi BME mental health Knowledge Hub Read more

  • Transforming ethnic inequalities in mental health services

    New national initiative calls for ‘fresh science’ and the prioritisation of lived experience narratives to transform ethnic inequalities in mental health services Read more

  • UN accuses UK government of causing a human catastrophe

    Following a civil society report, which NSUN participated in, and activists presenting evidence in Geneva, the United Nations has criticised the UK government's austerity policies very openly for the second time, saying that the consequences for disabled communities amount to a human catastrophe. Read more