Charities & Support

We’re posting links here to organisations which provide help, advice and support pertaining to mental health. We’re focusing on the UK at the moment, however please see our note, following mention of the Time To Change campaign.

Special mention must got to Mind, who benefitted from our 1st fundraiser in London. For our 2nd fundraising project, we donated funds to SANE and for our 3rd and 4th to Rethink Mental Illness. As one of the leading mental health charities for England and Wales, Mind is a force for change. Mind campaigns vigorously to create a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all – a society where people with experience of mental distress are treated fairly, positively and with respect. Mind operates at both a local and national level. Through this network they work with around 250,000 people every year. Mind is able to help people who experience all types of mental distress, and who may require help from one or more of the charity’s services. SANE is a UK-wide charity working to improve quality of life for people affected by mental illness. SANE has three main objectives: to raise awareness and combat stigma about mental illness, educating and campaigning to improve mental health services; to provide care and emotional support for people with mental health problems, their families and carers as well as information for other organisations and the public; to initiate research into the causes and treatments of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and depression and the psychological and social impact of mental illness. Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness. 40 years ago, one man bravely spoke about his family’s experiences of mental illness in a letter to the Times and in the process brought together hundreds to talk about their experiences of mental illness and support each other. Today Rethink directly supports almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. The charity’s website and helplines give information and advice to 500,000 more and changes policy and attitudes for millions. Rethink’s services, support groups, and members cover every county in England, giving them local insight and helping to spread innovations nationally. All their work is governed by people who have lived through mental illness. Time to Change is England’s biggest ever attempt to end the stigma and discrimination that faces people with mental health problems. It is a campaign to change attitudes, and behaviour too. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lifetime – and if we do, we are highly likely to face stigma and discrimination from others.

A note from The Fine Line Project team: although this is essentially a British campaign the issues addressed affect many nations in almost exactly the same way. Certainly mental health statistics – one in 4 generally, 1 in 100 for schizophrenia and many others, know no borders. This is a global concern. Any talk about mental health is good, helping to air the issues and the stigma everywhere. We hope to support and generate similar projects elsewhere in the future. The UK’s leading mental health research, policy and service improvement charity, committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives. This charity helps people to survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. They do this by: carrying out research; developing practical solutions for better mental health services; campaigning to reduce stigma and discrimination; promoting better mental health for us all. Working across all age ranges and all aspects of mental health.

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