We are a mental health charity, formed in 1984, and continue to go from strength to strength, evolving and re-structuring as the need arises, reflecting both the needs of mental health service users and the community we serve.
‘Our vision is of a society that promotes and protects good mental health for all, and that treats people with experience of mental distress fairly, positively and with respect.’
We interpret this in the following way:
- To provide opportunities for those who have experience of mental health problems.
- To encourage and enable people with such problems to work towards reaching their potential as full members of society.
- To raise public awareness of mental health issues.
- To provide appropriate community services for people with mental health problems to complement services provided by other organisations.
With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year, we may all need some help and support at some time. Our range of services and support for people in the local Plymouth community and surrounding districts include:
- Recovery College:The Recovery College offers a complete range of useful courses and activities to help people understand and manage their mental health issues and to ultimately support your recovery (e.g. Understanding your Anger; Developing Self-Esteem and Assertiveness).
- Volunteer Scheme: For many people, volunteering plays an important rolein their recovery. For others, it gives them the opportunity to gain credible experience for their future career supporting others (e.g. Psychology students; mental health trainee nurses). We offer volunteering opportunities to approximately 50 people each year, of which 60% will have lived experience of poor mental health.
- Peer Support: Mental illness can cause social isolation and a feeling of being ‘the only one in my situation’. We run 5 peer support groups to support people to meet others who understand exactly how it feels to live with particular mental health issues such as OCD, Bipolar Disorder, and Hearing Voices.
- Mental Health Training: Mental health costs employers millions of pounds each year in absenteeism and poor performance, as well as impacting on peoples’ lives. We offer a full range of courses to help businesses and organisations recognise, support and reduce mental health issues in the workplace and promote wellbeing.
In 2014, we signed the Charter for Employers who are Positive About Mental Health.
Find out more about the charter by visiting www.mindfulemployer.net