MIND provide advice and support, and campaign to improve services and raise awareness to promote understanding in order to promote those suffering from mental health issues, for example, anxiety; panic attacks; depression; eating disorders; OCD; self-harm and more.

Donations enable the charity to work directly with patients. MIND offers specialised face-to-face support and care based on the needs of the individuals and communities they support. These include a range of national and local services including workplace training and developing mentally healthy offices, applied suicide intervention skills, and bespoke training sessions that show trainees how to deal with all aspects.

The charity’s mission statement is that they will not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect.

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.

Recent achievements

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.

Important dates

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.

Address

15-19 Broadway, Stratford
London
E15 4BQ

Contact Number

020 8519 2122