Nick Kennedy has been involved with NSUN since its launch. Having experienced the wide variation in quality of support and care for those suffering mental and physical ill health, he became part of a user-led group. As part of a Local Involvement Network, he represented and lobbied for the public to all levels of the NHS and local government, and represented to the Department of Health during the establishment of Healthwatch.  He is a long-term campaigner against stigma, and a better deal for those experiencing mental or physical distress.