They believe a better life is possible for millions of people affected by mental illness.
Over 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 they directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. And they change attitudes and policy for millions.
Advice and information
They provide expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems. When mental illness first hits you or your family, it can be hard to know who or what to trust. They give people clear, relevant information on everything from treatment and care to benefits and employment rights. They were the first mental health charity to gain the Information Standard for their trusted and relevant information.
Services and groups
They have over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England. From psychological therapies and Crisis and Recovery Houses to peer support groups and housing services, they directly help thousands of people every year across England. Find out what they have near you. Over 90% of people using their services say they are respected, listened to and get the right kind of support. If you want support online instead, go to their pages on Facebook and Twitter. It's easy to find a good supportive chat or lively debate going on every single day.
They campaign nationally for policy change, and locally for the support people need. They have changed the law to improve life for millions of people with mental health problems and they are changing public attitudes through the Time to Change campaign, which they lead in partnership with Mind.
How they do it
Their work is overseen by the Board of Trustees, many of whom have personal experience of mental illness, either as someone who has a diagnosis or as a family member and carer.
A lot of their work is funded by health authorities and local authorities, who pay them to provide high quality services across England. they also raise money for special projects and campaigns by applying to trusts and other grant-making bodies and asking people to donate.