Exploring “community” research

We have now published ‘Exploring “community” and the mental health lived experience landscape’, the report that resulted from this research project.

A screenshot of the front page of the report

Original information about our “community” project (2023/24)

NSUN is carrying out a piece of research exploring ‘community’ and the mental health lived experience landscape. The purpose of this project is to learn more about what community means to people with lived experience of mental ill-health, distress, or trauma.

While those of us who have ‘lived experience’ might share some experiences, we may work in different ways and have different visions for the future. Despite our differences, many organisations who try to work with people who have ‘lived experience’ often treat us as a singular group or community. This project aims to explore the complexities of this, including considering the importance of communities that are based on shared experiences and identities outside of having lived experience of mental ill-health, distress or trauma.

This research is being conducted by Courtney Buckler (she/they) on behalf of NSUN, and will culminate in a research report, due to be published in early 2024. The project is run by NSUN with funding from Mind. 

This page will host any live opportunities to be involved in the research. If you have any questions about this project, please get in touch with us at info@nsun.org.uk.


Update Oct 2023: the survey for this project is now closed. Responses to the survey will be used as part of the research report.


Update Dec 2023: interviews with those who expressed an interest in taking part in a 1-1 interview with Courtney Buckler have now taken place. The research report is now being prepared for publication in early 2024.