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Mind's 75th Anniversary Soirée

On 9 March 2022, Mind marked its 75th anniversary, celebrating the support of our major donor and partnerships community. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, speakers and the guests themselves, we were able to thank some of our longest standing supporters. Together we celebrated the determination and power of the Mind community, acknowledging that the fight for mental health has never mattered more.

Mind's 75th Anniversary Soirée. All photography by Sanshine Photography (@sanshinephoto).

Since 1946, we’ve stood side-by-side with people with mental health problems. Together we’ve pushed relentlessly for understanding, support, respect and an end to stigma and discrimination.

From our very beginning, people’s experiences of living with a mental health problem have fired us up and driven our work forward.

Together, we’ve shown the truth about mental health. We’ve cut through the silence, isolation, prejudice and fear. We’ve helped transform mental health – from the help that’s available to the language people use. For 75 years, we’ve created change from the ground up.

We have achieved so much, but there is still so much to do. After 75 unstoppable years, here’s to an even more powerful future together.

 

A snapshot of the night

Our speakers

 

Jer O'Mahony, Partner and Member of the Killik & Co. Charitable Trust talked to guests about Killik & Co's support for Mind and the history of the Music Room, where musicians including Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg once played.

Mind's President, Stephen Fry and former Legal Director, Larry Gostin joined us from the USA via video link, and Mind's Young Peoples Participation and Influence Manager, Vanessa Joseph asked guests to help complete our 'together' message wall.

Mind's former President, Lord Melvyn Bragg and Mind's CEO, Paul Farmer shared some of Mind's history and supporter, Sophia Thakur performed a poem she wrote about Mind and mental health. 

Speech highlights from Mind's former President, Lord Melvyn Bragg and Mind Chief Executive Officer, Paul Farmer

Sophia Thakur performed a spoken word piece she wrote for the occasion

A wall of support

One of Mind’s core values is ‘together’. We believe we’re stronger together and we do our best work in partnership with groups, teams and across locations.

Before the event we asked Mind members and supporters to send in messages about what 'together' means to them. We received messages from supporters the length and breadth of the country and as far reaching as the USA and Pakistan.

Drawings came in from the Creative Wellbeing Workshops Bath Mind run in schools and the Creative Therapies groups local Minds facilitate in Sheffield, North and South Kent, Herefordshire and Camden. Guests on the night then added their messages and helped us complete our wall. 

Here's our Together wall in action.

Interviews with our supporters

We asked some our supporters for their thoughts on Mind and mental health. 

Sophie Tea Art raffle

Sophie Tea Art donated ‘Love In All Dimensions’, a recent piece of artwork created in Sophie's shop window on Carnaby Street. This beautiful 48” x 48” artwork represents the concept of 'Digital Love', depicting how technology has been such a positive force in bringing people together in recent times.

Enter our competition for a chance to win this piece valued at £10,500. Give Sophie a follow on Instagram (@sophieteaart) where the winner will be announced on 14 April. Good luck.

Sophie Tea Art with 'Love In All Dimensions'

Event partners

We couldn't have put the event on without the support of our generous partners, including our corporate partner, Investis Digital who filmed the event and made a film about Mind's history - which you can scroll down to view - and Mind supporter, Bruce Russell who encouraged so many talented and charitable event partners to our side, all providing their services free of charge. 

Behind the scenes

With thanks to our partners

75 years of fighting together - our history

You can learn more about philanthropy and Mind here. To find out more about our current funding needs and how your support could make a difference, please email our philanthropy team on [email protected] or call us on 0208 215 2299.

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