History of UKAN

In 1990 a conference of mental health service users decided to set up a national organisation to link and provide practical assistance to the growing number of advocacy groups and user involvement projects.

Aided by a grant from Research and Development in Psychiatry - now the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health - the National Advocacy Network Steering Group developed the idea of a grass roots directed organisation to be based outside London.

In 1993 a grant from the Mental Health Foundation enabled the setting up of UKAN with an office base in Sheffield.  The collection and dissemination of information on advocacy and user involvement, which had been happening in an ad hoc way, could now be channelled through a recognised office base.