We are here to make sure the voice of experience is heard!

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) is a network of people who have experience of mental distress, discrimination or disadvantage, who want to change things for the better.

With more than 4000 individual members, 650 groups members and over 100 ally members, we are a growing user-led membership network across England. NSUN has become a credible and influential network that is valued for its independence and unbiased, unfiltered messaging. 

You will be a member of a unique collective. Its user-led nature sets it apart from other organisations in the field, and this gives it exceptional insight and authenticity. NSUN is run by and for people with lived experience of mental distress and is based on the principles of mutual support, solidarity, leadership and self-determination.

As a membership organisation it is important to understand that it is the individual service users and survivors and user led groups that run NSUN. Over the last seven years we have built an infrastructure that offers support, shares information and good practice, facilitates local, regional and national networking and regularly communicates current developments and news.

NSUN has a tiered membership policy. Core membership is free for individuals who identify as having experience of mental distress and for user led organisations. Others are able to join the network but do not have the same right to shape and influence the organisation, to vote or to attend the Annual General Meeting. We are also introducing a membership charging policy for non user led organisations to help support our work. See more information below.

Types of membership

We have four categories of membership:

  • Individual
  • User Led Organisation
  • Ally - Voluntary/Public Sector Group and Higher Education Institutions
  • Ally - Corporate

Individual: When you become a member you will be able to network with other members.  You will have access to a wealth of information and resources. You can find individuals and groups that have similar interests or experiences and share examples of good practice. NSUN has a variety of ways that members can share information and debate current issues. Regular and well organised communication amongst the membership contributes to a national voice. It is your voice that feeds the national voice.

‘The knowledge that I'm not alone and that there is a 'movement' out there, has given more me confidence to self-advocate in my own care and even to successfully blow the whistle on harmful and dangerous practices’

User Led Organisation: When your group joins NSUN you become part of a unique network that is led by its membership. Driven and led by the experience of its members, you will be able to play an important role in shaping the current work and future ambitions of NSUN. You will network, learn from others, contribute to our policies, and help us by your local experience.  Through our extensive database you will be able to contact groups and individuals across England who have the same interests and concerns as you.  You can exchange good practice and information and get in touch with other groups doing similar work around the country. You can raise your profile by advertising your organisation and any special events in our weekly ebulletins, newsletters, publications, and other information we distribute. The members' area contains checklists, downloadable templates and clear descriptions on everything you need to know to run a good organisation.

‘I really value the regular communication weekly. Really feel that NSUN is acting on behalf of users and is building momentum strategically and also on the ground’.

Ally - Voluntary/Public Sector Group and Higher Education Institutions: Your organisation will be able to link with our wider membership and increase your contact and engagement with the mental health community. You will have the opportunity to communicate with people with direct experience of mental health distress and service use in order to increase your knowledge and understanding of the issues that are important and current.

‘A brilliant small mental health charity that reaches far afield. By service users for service users. Inclusive and effective. National presence despite small group’.

Ally - Corporate: Your membership will support your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by strengthening the initiatives you engage with that benefit society and ‘do some social good’. Becoming a member/supporter of NSUN can help you embed sustainability into the core of your business to create shared value for business and society. You can also provide volunteering from your workforce as part of your CRS Community Programme. Through direct contact with people with experience of and expertise in mental health you will be able to more confidently address issues that are often difficult or stigmatising.

‘An organisation that works hard to educate people about mental health, empower mental health service users to take a real role in their care and work as a partner rather than patient’.

If you would like to become a member of NSUN please email ([email protected]) or call on 020 7820 8982

Please see our charging policy below.

Membership status Tiers / Scales Fees Benefits
Individual FREE / DONATION FREE
  • Weekly ebulletin
  • Unlimited adverts/items promoted through NSUN communications
  • Listing on NSUN membership directory
  • Annual members’ publication
  • 10% off NSUN training and publications
  • Access to membership resources
  • Free attendance at NSUN events
  • On sign-up to 4Pi National Involvement Standards, one free training session
  • Access to speakers for one of your events and potential project/research participants

User Led 
Organisation

FREE / DONATION FREE
  • Weekly ebulletin
  • Unlimited adverts/items promoted through NSUN communications
  • Listing on NSUN membership directory
  • Annual members’ publication
  • 10% off NSUN training and publications
  • Access to membership resources
  • Free attendance at NSUN events
  • On sign-up to 4Pi National Involvement Standards, one free training session
  • Access to speakers for one of your events and potential project/research participants
Ally - Voluntary /Public Sector Group and Higher Education Institutions

Income under £49,999k

£50k - £100k

£100k - £499,999k

£500k - £999k

Over £1 million

Over £5 million

FREE

£50

£200

£500

£1000

£2,000

  • Weekly ebulletin
  • Unlimited adverts/items promoted through NSUN communications
  • Listing on NSUN membership directory
  • Annual members’ publication
  • 10% off NSUN training and publications
  • Access to membership resources
  • Free attendance at NSUN events
  • On sign-up to 4Pi National Involvement Standards, one free training session
  • Access to speakers for one of your events and potential project/research participants

Ally / Corporate

Annual turnover of £100k

£100k - £499,999k

£500k - £999k

Over £1 million

Over £5 million

£250

£500

£1,500

£2,000

£3,500

  • Weekly ebulletin
  • Unlimited adverts/items promoted through NSUN communications
  • Listing on NSUN membership directory
  • Annual members’ publication
  • 10% off NSUN training and publications
  • Access to membership resources
  • Free attendance at NSUN events
  • On sign-up to 4Pi National Involvement Standards, one free training session
  • Access to speakers for one of your events and potential project/research participants

More reasons to join us!

Key successes over the last 10 years have included:

  • Becoming a fully independent Charitable Company in 2010
  • Producing the Members’ Manifesto
  • Reaching over 4500 members and providing over 5,000 involvement opportunities for people with lived experience of mental distress
  • Publishing the 4Pi National Involvement Standards
  • NSUN ebulletins and magazine ‘Network’ reaching over 20,000 people and organisations 
  • Supporting individual member campaigns such as ‘Reducing Restraint’
  • Hosting thematic user-led projects and initiatives across the country including the Survivor Researcher Network (SRN), North East Together (NEt), Kindred Minds BME Manifesto project, Peer2Peer and Real Insight.
  • Launching the NSUN YouTube Channel
  • Being a member of the Five Year Forward View Mental Health Task Force
  • Producing the 'Get to know NSUN in 3 minutes' video

When NSUN was established in 2006 it was always intended that a membership charge would be introduced for non-user led groups and organisations. As we celebrate 10 years of surviving and thriving we also need to look towards a sustainable future – hopefully for another 10 years and beyond!

Please spread the word to help raise funds so we can continue our work. 

Donate HERE