Project Description

RUN-UP (Redbridge User Network User Peer Group)

A mental health user group whose principal aim is to fight for the rights for everyone affected by mental health conditions. In particular, to ensure that the voices of people with mental health issues are heard; to campaign in order to improve and develop local mental health services; to ensure mental health service users are involved in the planning, development, management and monitoring of services.


How can we help service users?

  • By offering a safe place for service users to express their experiences of service provision
  • To offer information to users about available services
  • By providing training so service users can participate in and make meaningful contributions in different committees, meetings and forum

Our Aims

  • To ensure that users will have proper representation to assert their needs and rights.
  • To make our service available to them through knowledge, information on social policies, locally and nationally.
  • To exercise a responsible but strong pressure on local issues such as housing, benefits, employment, and mental health services for the promotion of users rights.
  • To do this without prejudice of age, race, colour, religion, sexuality and disability.

Our society finds it hard to deal with mental distress and sometimes responds by marginalising those who experience it.

Those experiencing mental distress do so as a result of many factors, both social and personal issues, such as homelessness, unemployment, discrimination, bereavement, abuse in childhood, or a mixture of these.

As an independent service Run-Up wants to see changes in local and national policies; in user led mental health services; in the rights to choose a better way of life; in the right to access community services; in the right to know about medical treatments and side effects; in the right to choose alternative treatments, such as homeopathy, acupuncture etc; in the right to live in the community without harassment or prejudice.

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To find out more, please contact:

  • Jodie Roast
  • One Place East, 2nd Floor, Ilford Chambers, 11 Chapel Road, Ilford IG1 2DR


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  • 2nd Floor, Ilford Chambers, 11 Chapel Road, Ilford IG1 2DR