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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3-minute films: How our members adapted

3 minute films: A series of videos showcasing how members used our COVID-19 funding to adapt their activities and talking through thoughts of the future for user-led groups.

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Author: Amy Wells

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 2019 Manifesto

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Our work

4Pi National Involvement Standards

Developed by people with lived experience as part of the National Involvement Partnership (NIP) project, the 4Pi National Standards ensure effective co-production, thus improving experiences of services and support.

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What Do User-Led Groups Need (2020)

The findings of research to understand what challenges user-led mental health organisations face, and to explore what might help user-led organisations delivering mental health support to meet their aims and sustain and develop their activities.

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Author: Amy Wells

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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How you can help

Join as a member or supporter

We are a user-led network of over 5000 individual and group members or supporters. We aim to connect, inform, influence, and improve the experiences of people who need services and support when in distress.

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Donate now

The Covid-19 crisis has meant that NSUN is needed more than ever. Help us keep our members informed and connected, and their voices heard.

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Author: Sarah Yiannoullou

NSUN leaflet

Download a leaflet about NSUN that you can print and share within your group or community to grow our network.

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Author: Amy Wells

Jobs and involvement opportunities

Please bookmark this page as we will share employment offers and involvement opportunities here as soon as they arise.

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Author: Stephanie Taylor King

Latest

  • NSUN initial response to the Mental Health Act White Paper 2021

    "Real change in how people experience detention is not just down to legislation, but will also be contingent on changes in practice and culture, and on the funding which follows." - Akiko Hart, NSUN CEO Read more

  • What Do User-Led Groups Need?

    The findings of research to understand what challenges user-led mental health organisations face, and to explore what might help user-led organisations delivering mental health support to meet their aims and sustain and develop their activities. By Mark Brown and Emma Ormerod. Read more

  • Small grants for online event accessibility - BSL/captions

    Are you a mental health user-led group organising an online event in the next few months? NSUN is making 5 small grants of £150 available for British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation or palantypists (live captions) for your event. Read more