Our members are individuals with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, and/or trauma as well as user-led grassroots community groups. You can also join the network as a supporter or ally.

Our member groups may not call themselves “mental health groups” but often work at the community level and offer support – emotional, cultural, material, practical, financial, and much more – that seeks to alter or alleviate social conditions that drive distress or mental ill-health. To find out more about our members, you can visit the members blog, watch recent videos of some of our members talking about their work in the context of COVID-19, or read profiles of the peer support and mutual aid groups we recently funded.

If you are an individual looking for a user-led group near you, or if you are a part of a user-led group looking for other similar organisations in your area or nationally, get in touch with us at info@nsun.org.uk.

To understand more about user-led groups and their place in the mental health world, read our piece on the crisis of user-led groups from World Mental Health Day 2019 or our 2020 report “What Do User-Led Groups Need“.

Membership benefits

  • Weekly bulletin with involvement and influencing opportunities, membership events, policy updates, recruitment and more
  • Support and promotion of new user-led initiatives
  • Access to events, consultancy, and practical resources
  • Feed into collective responses to policy developments
  • A platform to raise issues and organise collective action
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