The MIND Strategy
MIND has a 6-point, 5-year plan to improve everything for people facing mental health issues - from helping themselves, and the system around them.
Helping people take part in society - improving public attitudes and offering experiences that help people rebuild confidence and skills.
Helping people stay well - with resilience-boosting community services and a new Workplace Wellbeing Index.
Improved choice - by improving access to high-quality information, creating new face-to-face services and increasing peer support.
Improve services and support - making the NHS accountable, developing the best community services and improving life-saving crisis care.
Access to services equal for everyone - speaking out on issues affecting people
Putting excellence at the heart of the organisation - collaborating with local Minds and external partners and maintaining a strong financial position for the charity.
In 2018 the charity worked alongside other mental health sector organisations to pass a new law which reduces the use of force and violence against mental health patients. The law was originally proposed in 2010 after Seni Lewis passed away after being restrained for more than 30 minutes by 6 police officers on a mental health ward, all subsequently cleared of any wrongdoing. This law dictates that mental health hospitals have to actively reduce the use of forces against patients. This also includes the condition that they must collect comprehensive data for monitoring purposes. This is known as Seni’s Law.
In 2017, the election saw the most prominent rise in manifesto promises in recent year. MIND lobbied for the government for changes so that fewer people with long-term mental health problems would have to go through arduous and unnecessary reassessments. They also negotiated for new mental health training and guidance for 11,000 Jobcentre staff, as well as successfully lobbying the government to release better data on mental health and benefit sanctions, which helps those with mental health problems get blue badge parking spaces.
14 - 20 May: Mental Health Awareness Week
10 October: World Mental Health Day
Other ways to get involved
Anyone interested in donating their time and/or expertise, can become a volunteer in a MIND shop, or a MIND office.
There are a dozens of shops throughout the country, which would appreciate any amount of time you have spare per week. Get involved in sorting, pricing items, selling or getting creative with designing the layout. If this sounds of interest, supporters can visit their Volunteering section of the website, and for anyone interested in finding the closest shop, can be found in the MIND in your area section.
There are multiple volunteering opportunities around the country that cater to multiple skill sets, whether your background lies in finance, marketing & comms or gardening, there is something for someone able to volunteer their time. For an up-to-date list on all opportunities, head to the vacancies page.