NSUN membership is open to individuals with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, or trauma as well as user-led mental health groups.
You can also sign up as an NSUN supporter if you want to stay up to date with and support NSUN’s work but do not meet the criteria for full membership, or if you are a member but would also like to receive information on how to support NSUN.
Sign up for free through your chosen category of membership (or as a supporter) below.
NSUN membership provides:
- A curated weekly e-bulletin bringing together the latest news, events, blogs and articles, paid opportunities for involvement and influencing, recruitment, and funding opportunities in the lived experience mental health space
- Support, resources and capacity-building for new and existing user-led initiatives and groups, including exclusive access to small grants programmes
- Collective responses to policy developments and consultations
- Access to collaborative spaces and learning sessions to share knowledge and build momentum and long-term sustainability for lived experience mental health work
- A platform and regular opportunities to pitch blogs, articles, and book reviews for the NSUN Members’ Blog
- Signposting to other organisations that can provide help, support, and advice
- Access to a unique network of 5,000+ individuals, user-led groups and communities working to shift power and resource in mental health
Sign up as a member or supporter
Please select your category below: you can sign up as either an individual or user-led group member. Alternatively (or in addition), you can join the network as a supporter.
Please note: once you have signed up, you should receive a confirmation email from us, and then start to receive the weekly bulletin (and occasional email updates from us). Please check your spam or junk folders if you do not receive this confirmation email or do not start to get the weekly bulletin and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your safe senders list/address book to prevent our emails going to your spam folder.
1. Individual member
This category of membership is for anyone with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, and/or trauma. By joining you will become part of the network and receive the weekly members’ bulletin full of news and opportunities. As a member you can vote in our Annual General Meetings (AGMs).
“I use NSUN as a sort of central hub to keep up to date with a variety of lived experience outlets, individuals, and collectives. I respect that NSUN presents the political dimension of “mental health” as a category – and how it relates to a wide range of issues such as austerity, disability, climate change, racism…”
“By far leading on consistently and coherently bringing a disparate community together through the bulletin alone. A way to get the feeling of a collective experience through the variety of information and a sense of something big going on…”
Feedback from NSUN members
2. User-led group member
This category of membership is for (representatives of) user-led grassroots/community groups or organisations working in and around mental health. By joining, your group will become part of the network, which includes other user-led groups, and can access support for furthering your user-led initiative. You will receive our weekly members’ bulletin full of news and opportunities. As a member, you can vote in our AGMs.
If there are multiple people in your group who want to become NSUN members, they can also sign up using the “individual member” sign up form above.
Definition: “user-led groups” means groups run “by and for” people with shared identities or experiences. What “user-led” looks like can vary. If the majority of the people involved in running your group have lived experience of mental ill-health, distress or trauma, or otherwise share an identity with those you run the group for or with, you can sign up as a user-led group member of NSUN. If this is not the case, you can still sign up as an NSUN supporter (below).
“NSUN has helped me feel part of a movement, which is vital for sustaining myself and the group as we try to bring about change and serve our community.“
“I have connected with other groups and made new connections that have had a positive impact on our organisation.”
Feedback from NSUN user-led group members
This option is for people who are interested in NSUN’s work but who do not have personal lived experience of mental ill-health, distress and/or trauma, as well as representatives of groups and organisations that are not user-led (such as charities, higher education institutions and corporate organisations).
Full membership is reserved for individuals with lived experience and user-led groups, therefore supporters do not having voting rights at the AGM, but will be kept up to date with our work through a newsletter (once every two months), and you can also opt in to receive information on how to support NSUN’s work, including fundraising emails.
Full members can also sign up to the supporter mailing list if they want to receive information on how to support us on top of their membership communications.
“The insightfulness and precision with which articles and responses to policy are written helps me focus my attention on important current affairs and the impact they have on those in mental health crises.“