What is the Independent Mental Health Network?

The Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) is a membership-led organisation that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experience of mental health.

By working together, we believe that we can be a force for positive change in the way that mental health is treated, perceived, and recognised.

Our branches lead on work to improve local mental health services, campaign for reforms and changes to the negative ways that mental health problems can be viewed, and act as a local voice for those with a diverse range of lived experience.


Click here to join our network as a member!

Membership is free – you’ll be joining a network of people passionate about change in the way mental health support is delivered.


Current and Recent Projects



IMHN is delivering the Shine On suicide prevention and awareness campaign.

Earlier this year, we ran a day-long Suicide Prevention Summit. Over 140 people came together to discuss working together to address the issue of suicide. Read more here.


IMHN members in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are currently representing the network at partnership meetings responding and tackling the rise in mental ill-health as a result of the Coronavirus.

Read more on our opportunities page.


IMHN’s Bristol branch, BIMHN, is the lead partner of the Bristol Time to Change Hub.

The Hub leads locally on challenging mental health stigma in the community and the workplace by running training, activities, events, and local Time to Change Champions.


Latest from IMHN

Join the IMHN team!

Join the IMHN team!

Are you someone with a passion for improving mental health services and empowering those with lived experience of mental health? Do you support the principles of lived experience leadership and have a willingness to ensure this remains embedded in health…
Help shape the delivery of the Community Mental Health Framework in the South West

Help shape the delivery of the Community Mental Health Framework in the South West

IMHN are running five focus groups in December that each look at a different element of the NHS' Community Mental Health Framework. These focus groups will help directly shape what the roll-out of the Framework looks like in the Bristol,…
Announcing the launch of the LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Fund

Announcing the launch of the LGBTQ+ Wellbeing Fund

Content note; this piece contains discussions of LGBTQ+ and mental health issues. The Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group is excited to launch a micro-grants fund for projects that will raise awareness or…