Definition of the movement (‘On Our Own Terms’ report 2003)

The ‘service user/survivor movement’ is a term used to describe the existence of numerous individuals who speak out for their own rights and those of others, and local groups and national organisations set up to provide mutual support or to promote the rights of current and former mental health service users to have a voice.

Group members and individuals may call themselves ‘survivors’, ‘service users’, ‘clients’, ‘ex-patients’ or other similar terms.

The term ‘movement’ implies that these individuals, groups and organisations share some common goals and are moving in a similar direction.