UKAN was founded in 1990 to be a national resource, linking mental health user groups of all types. The common aim is the use of advocacy in many forms to empower people who use specialist services.
At the heart of UKAN is the belief that advocacy should be independent and led by people who have direct experience of using mental health services. Groups are eligible for full membership if they are user / survivor led and run. Associate membership is also open to those organisations which provide some form of advocacy service to mental health service users and are working towards being user controlled. UKAN does not currently have individual members.
UKAN promotes service user empowerment by representing issues from a user perspective in a number of national forums. It encourages the development of Patients Councils, User Forums and Advocacy Projects and offers information, training and support to both groups and individuals working towards mental health service user led approaches in any service.
UKAN is committed to equal opportunities in all aspects of our work. All affiliated groups are required to either have an equal opportunities policy, or be actively working towards this.