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Charities & Organisations

I would like to thank all the charities and individuals who already provide support for those with mental health problems, whether it be for their job, their charity, their business, or their friends and family – well done and keep going!

To see who the charties are and to get more information on what is being done, please see below:

  • Time to change 

A new government run scheme that has been long awaited by people like me is called ‘Time to change’ –

It highlights the need for people to understand mental health better and it aims to take the stigma away from mental health issues.  Their latest campaign in January was a series of TV advertisements showing a whole mixture of people with mental health problems, including celebrities such as Ruby Wax, Alastair Campbell and Stephen Fry, saying a few words.  (This campaign is led by ‘Rethink’, ‘Mental Health Media’ and ‘Mind’)

They have lots of information including where to get help (help lines via telephone, email or face to face) and information on how to find out about the various mental health problems.

From their website they say:

Time to Change is England’s most ambitious programme to end discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

Our vision:
To makes lives better for everyone by ending mental health discrimination

Our mission:
To inspire people to work together to end the discrimination surrounding mental health

Who are we?

The programme of 35 projects is led by Mental Health Media, Mind and Rethink. It is funded with £16m from the Big Lottery Fund and £2m from Comic Relief, and evaluated by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London. 

The programme is backed by international evidence on what works, and has at its heart people with direct experience of mental health problems.

Mental Health Charities

On their website, they have lots of information including details of their infoline and information about the various mental health problems, including factsheets.

From their website they say:

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by:

  • campaigning for people’s rights
  • challenging poor practice in mental health
  • informing and supporting thousands of people on a daily basis
  • providing over a thousand services across England and Wales through our network of local Mind associations.

Mental health problems can affect anyone, rich or poor, young or old, shattering the lives of those affected and the lives of the people close to them. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. Each year more than 250,000 people are admitted to psychiatric hospitals and over 4,000 people take their own lives.

Mind is the best known charity for mental health, and we have a rich tradition of working to improve lives. We now have a chance to build on that reputation, to seize the moment and to change the faces of mental health. Our broad use of funding from the public, trusts and companies (but not pharmaceutical companies) allows us to take an independent stance.


Mental Health 

On their website, they have information on support for journalists and media when informing about mental illness, and a shop (together with Rethink) which provides resources and information on Mental Health.

From their website they say:

All too often people with experience of mental distress are misunderstood, labelled and denied the opportunities that others take for granted. At Mental Health Media we know that the most powerful way to challenge this prejudice is to help them get across the real story about mental health, change media representations, and lead the fight against discrimination.

We’re developing and delivering a range of projects which aim to educate and give people the tools and skills to take action. And we work with journalists and broadcasters to inform their coverage of mental health issues. We also run the annual Mental Health Media Awards which recognise and celebrate television and radio programmes about mental health which have the power to change minds and lives.


On their website, they have lots of information including details of their National Helpline and information about the various mental illnesses, including symptoms, recovery and getting help.

From their website they say:

Rethink, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.

We were founded over 30 years ago to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illness and today, with over 8,300 members, we remain determined that this voice will continue to be heard.   We help over 48,000 people every year through our services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems.  Our website receives almost 300,000 visitors every year.

Our aim is to make a practical and positive difference by providing hope and empowerment through effective services, information and support to all those who need us. People who use our services and their carers are at the heart of our vision and we believe that all those who experience severe mental illness are entitled to be treated with respect and as equal citizens. We carry out research which informs both our own and national mental health policy and actively campaign for change through greater awareness and understanding. And we are dedicated to creating a world where prejudice and discrimination are eliminated.  


Why don’t you take a look on these sites today and learn something – you may be able to understand or help one of your friends, colleagues or family today!  Knowledge gives you the power to help!

To read more about my campaign click HERE

To read more about case studies click HERE

To read more posts on the subject of mental health click HERE

To read more about the mental health stigma and how to help click HERE

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