For over 70 years Mind has been at the forefront of campaigning to improve mental health services and fight for the rights of people with mental health problems.
In 2016/17 Mind’s income, including net profit contribution from our network of shops, was £28.8m.
Much is committed to running our national information services, including our infoline, based in Wales, which dealt with over 76,000 queries last year. We distributed over a million information booklets last year and the information pages of our website were accessed 10.8 million times. These Information Standard accredited resources can be a lifeline for those struggling with their mental health.
We run targeted services that support people in need from all different communities from our Blue Light Programme that supports emergency services staff with mental wellbeing at work to our Elefriends online peer support community that brings together over 60,000 users to share their experiences and support each other.
Mind has main offices in London and Cardiff. In addition we have around 130 local Minds across England and Wales. These are independent charities in their own right that affiliate to Mind. They have their own fundraising activities and most of them are involved in running local services funded by the NHS or local authorities. Our local Minds have a combined income of £119m and they provide services which benefitted over 300,000 people in 2016/17. In Wales the local network has provided support to around 20,600 people and had an income of £8-9m.
We are transparent about how our money is raised and spent, which is published every year in our annual accounts. We strongly refute claims that we are denying our local Mind network funding.
We work in partnership with our local Mind network and support them by using our national infrastructure to secure funding on their behalf. For example, we may sometimes receive funding from corporate partners, charitable trusts or government who expect a project to be centrally managed but locally delivered. We know that together we are stronger.
We also make grants available to our Local Minds annually to help them sustain existing services or to enable them to develop new projects. These grants often benefit local services that reach people who are likely to experience multiple forms of discrimination.
In addition to direct financial support, our local Minds benefit from help and expertise from a range of teams across Mind. This includes support around designing services, communications, local campaigning and media, as well as supporting their governance, HR, financial planning and fundraising.
The total financial value of the support to our local Minds in 2016/17 was £4.3m.
In 2016/17, Mind Cymru received £978,496 in restricted funds, mostly from trusts and statutory funders. This money is all spent in Wales, on the projects for which the money was specifically raised. Any underspend is either returned to the funder or carried over to be spent on the projects the following year, in agreement with the funders.
In addition, Mind Cymru raised around £424,000 in unrestricted funds, from traditional fundraising activities such events, individual fundraisers and legacies. We actually spent more than this in Wales in 2016/17, around £484,000.