Over more than 65 years Mind has been committed to make sure that everyone experiencing a mental health problem can access the support they need and is treated with the respect they deserve.
Through public campaigns, influencing decision makers and the services our local Minds deliver in communities across England and Wales, we have touched millions of lives.
Here are some achievements of which we are particularly proud:
Mental Health (Discrimination) Act 2013: After many years of campaigning, this Act removed the last significant forms of discrimination from law. It repeals legislation that prevented people with mental health problems from serving on a jury, being a Director of a company or serving as an MP.
Parity of esteem: An amendment was put forward to the Health and Social Care Bill by Mind, Rethink Mental Illness and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Centre for Mental Health and the Mental Health Foundation. This was passed in February 2012 and clarified that mental health should be treated on an equal footing with physical Health.
Time to Change Phase 2: Along with our Partners, Rethink Mental Illness, we secured funding from Comic Relief and the Department of Health to continue our Time to change anti-stigma campaign into 2015.
Equality Act: Mind secured our key aim for the Equality Bill when an amendment introducing a ban on the use of pre-employment health questionnaires was passed successfully, after months of campaigning in parliament. Employers are longer be able to ‘weed out’ job applicants by requiring them to disclose their mental health history on an application form or at interview.
Time to Change: Mind partnered with Rethink to launch the groundbreaking Time to Change campaign to challenge stigma and discrimination. The first stage of the awareness-raising campaign – an England-wide media blitz – was a staggering success. Millions of people in England saw our broadcast, print and tube ads.
Mental Health Media: Mind joined forces with the respected charity Mental Health Media at the start of 2009. When they joined Mind, MHM brought their prestigious Mental Health Media Awards.
Seroxat ban for under-18s: As a result of our campaigning and evidence pulled together with the BBC current affairs programme Panorama, changes were made to prohibit the prescription of this medication to people aged under 18. It was proved there was an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and acts of self-harm in those who took it.
We need to talk: This campaign was hugely successful in terms of raising the need to invest in psychological therapies in the NHS. As part of a coalition with four other leading mental health charities, Mind argued for a range of psychological therapies to be made available to everyone. In October 2007 the Government announced £170 million of investment in psychological therapies. This will greatly improve access and means that people experiencing distress have greater choice and control over the services they need.
Ward watch: Mind's Ward watch campaign raised issues about hospital inpatient conditions. As a result, Mind influenced positive developments such as improving hospital inspection arrangements, and better training for nurses. Our persistent campaigning on the impact of environment on mental health led the Department of Health to commit £30 million on measures to improve safety on inpatient wards.
Rural Minds: Mind’s project to address the challenges and stigma faced by those living in rural communities who also experience mental health problems. A national resource centre was established and information and training provided to a network of professionals, volunteers, organisations and individuals. In 2004 the project was integrated into Mind’s core activities.
Diverse Minds: The Diverse Minds project was established to ensure that Mind’s policies and work was inclusive and addressed the particualr issues faced by those in BMER communities.
MIND campaign: On its 25th anniversary, the National Association for Mental Health (NAMH) launched its first major public information and fundraising campaign. The MIND campaign aimed to address the ignorance that surrounded mental health problems, and to improve services.
The campaign was so successful that, the following year, NAMH rebranded itself as MIND.
The National Association for Mental Health was established when three major mental health organisations merged. These were:
- the Central Association for Mental Welfare (established in 1913) led by the pioneering Dame Evelyn Fox, this organisation worked through local groups of volunteers to help mentally handicapped people
- the National Council for Mental Hygiene (established in 1922), which had a strong educational bias and stressed the social causes of mental illness
- the Child Guidance Council (established in 1927), which set up the first child guidance clinics and launched training courses for their staff.