Mental Health Charities You Can Support With TheGivingMachine

Mental health charities provide advice and resources to those who need it most, whether it be through counselling, campaigning or helping individuals assess their needs and options. Yet, without the support of others, the work of these charities would not be possible.

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With the issue of mental health finally beginning to get the attention it deserves, you’re likely wondering what you can do to help contribute towards this worthy cause…


According to Mind, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem every year. This can range from depression and addiction to bipolar disorder and psychosis.


With so many individuals in the UK being affected and such a range of responses needed to treat different issues, mental health charities provide integral support in this often dismissed area.

Recent efforts like the Heads Together campaign have begun to open the discussion around mental health and helped to reduce stigma around the topic. Unfortunately, even in today’s society people are often too afraid to admit that they are struggling with mental health over fear of judgement and prejudice.

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Mental health charities and campaigns therefore work towards ensuring that people feel more secure in their everyday mental wellbeing and have the practical skills and support to live a better life.

Mental health charities: their work

Mental health is an issue that a majority of people will come into contact with at some stage in their life, whether it be directly or through a friend or family member struggling with an issue. With work covering everything from raising awareness of conditions to providing resources that help individuals evaluate and address their needs, mental health charities offer vital support across the UK each year.


Mental health charities help to ease the burden that public services cannot always meet, providing valuable guidance whilst opening up the space for discussion around different conditions. To help give you an idea of the type of work these charities carry out and why it’s so important, we’ve compiled a list of charities that are working towards improving services, awareness and understanding around mental illness.

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Since it was founded over 70 years ago in 1946, Mind has grown to become one of the UK’s leading mental health charities, with a national presence including over 150 charity shops and 140 Mind centres. With ‘Minds’ across a selection of communities, Mind works in partnership with each local area to ensure that needs and services are matched up, providing unique and high-quality resources. Services offered by Mind include talking therapy, peer support, advocacy, crisis care and employment support.


In addition to these services, the mental health charity also runs an information phone line from 9am-6pm on weekdays as well as Elefriends, an online community in which individuals are encouraged to speak openly about their mental health.


Mind’s tailored approach to mental health has been supported by many, with the charity participating in a number of campaigns addressing everything from crisis care to benefits. Stephen Fry, who himself has struggled with bipolar disorder, is the charity’s current President and ambassador, working with Mind towards ensuring that every person can receive the most immediate and effective care and attention, whether it be initial diagnosis or counselling and support.

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With over 50% of all mental health issues starting before the age of 14, it’s integral that young people have access to support at this critical time. Place2Be provide services in 282 primary and secondary schools, helping to build children’s resilience by through talking, playing and creative activities.


The mental health charity offers counselling and training in schools, teaching students how to cope with a broad range of social issues like bullying, domestic violence and trauma. Place2Be also offers parents advice on how best to support their children, providing parent counselling and parent partnership sessions intended to boost parents’ confidence in their ability to help their children. With children being much less likely to suffer from serious issues if they receive support at an early age, Place2Be’s work is important in ensuring the long-term wellbeing of young people.

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National mental health charity SANE was established in 1986 after huge public response to a series of articles published in The Times entitled The Forgotten Illness. These articles highlighted the neglect faced by those suffering from mental illness and the lack of services and information offered to those affected. SANE, an acronym for ‘Schizophrenia: A National Emergency’, was founded by Marjorie Wallace who wrote these articles. The charity’s central focus is to improve the quality of life for those suffering from mental illness.


SANE has three key objectives: to help combat stigma around mental illness, to provide care and emotional support for those with mental health problems and their families and to spearhead more research into causes and treatments of severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia. With over 130 trained volunteers and a helpline called SANEline, the mental health charity is also known for its black dog campaign. Intended to reduce stigma around talking about mental illness, the campaign features imposing sculptures of black dogs wearing coats designed by public figures such as Joanna Lumley, with the dogs being placed in business hubs, parks and shopping centres across the UK.


Considering the needs of everyone affected by mental illness, whether the sufferer themself or family and friends, SANE works towards ensuring that no one is forgotten and that as many people as possible receive the treatment they need for their mental illness.

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Together for Mental Wellbeing

Since it was formed in 1987, Together for Mental Wellbeing has been working towards helping people with mental health issues lead independent lives. Providing valuable services which meet the needs of roughly 4,000 people per month, Together runs a number of programmes that offer flexible support to suit a variety of needs, with their ‘Your Way’ community support scheme being offered in locations across the UK. The mental health charity also strongly believes that one’s living space is integral to recovery and therefore supports a range of accommodation services.


Vitally, Together additionally provide criminal justice services through working with legal agencies to help ensure that people with mental health problems receive sufficient support and treatment within the criminal justice system. Through their advocacy work, Together also represent people with mental health problems who might otherwise face prejudice, helping to communicate issues to their communities and specialist hospitals.


At the core of Together is the desire to offer those struggling with mental health issues with great choice and control over their form of care, helping to yield the best results in a way that individuals are most comfortable with.

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Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Foundation’s aim is to promote a society in which everyone can benefit from good mental health. The charity has made it their mission to help individuals better understand and maintain their mental health. With projects tailored to a variety of individuals in different situations like working professionals and school children, Mental Health Foundation have implemented schemes like The Peer Education Project, a school programme aiming to give young people the skills they need to better manage their mental health and provide support to their peers.


Alongside valuable projects like their Peer Education Project, the charity publishes a number of mental health learning resources,  as well as offering a dedicated mindfulness website. In essence, Mental Health Foundation’s work is geared towards helping more people realise their full potential, have greater control over their lives and ultimately contribute to their communities and society. At the core of the charity’s initiatives is prevention, with Mental Health Foundation asserting that the best way to deal with a crisis is to prevent it initially occurring.

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Dedicated to improving the mental health of children and young people, YoungMinds offers services that equip individuals with the skills to cope with everyday troubles and work towards a more successful, healthy and happier life. Providing access to support when they need it, YoungMinds runs a range of projects, all of which focus on empowering young people to take a more active approach to dealing with their mental health.


Working with NHS England, the mental health charity helps to ensure that young people are given the opportunity to offer their input on the mental health system and always have access to valuable mental health tools and resources. Campaigns are designed to arm young people with as much information as possible to help them make informed decisions about how they manage their mental health. A prime example of YoungMinds’ work is the HeadMeds website, an online resource providing in-depth information on mental health conditions, medications and real life stories.


YoungMinds are helping to break down the stigma around mental health by offering training and implementable mechanisms to help individuals and families cope with the strain of mental health.

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Hopefully our list of mental health charities has helped you learn a bit more about the invaluable work that goes into ensuring that those who need it most have access to treatment and a stable support system. Each of these charities carry out essential work every year, helping to remove the stigma around mental health and empower those struggling. However, in order for these wonderful causes to keep up their invaluable work, they need your support.

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