6 UK Charities to Support on Mental Health Awareness Month
May 1st marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Month. Looking for ways to invest in the existing mental health infrastructure across the United Kingdom? You've come to the right place. There are so many incredible charities going above and beyond to to break the stigma of seeking help while enabling access to treatment and education.
Together for Mental Wellbeing is a national charity working alongside people to help their mental health and wellbeing. The charity offers a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues, from one-to-one support to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies. Together for Mental Wellbeing works with nearly 5000 adults every month at 80 projects throughout England. Donate here.
Black Minds Matter UK connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services — by professional Black therapists to support their mental health. To make this happen, the organization aims to make mental health topics more relevant and accessible for all Black people in the U.K., removing the stigma and remodelling the services to be relevant for the Black community. Donate here.
Place2Be works with pupils, families and staff in UK schools, providing mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. Additionally, they seek to spread their knowledge by offering expert counseling training and professional qualifications. Donate here.
Rethink Mental Illness’ vision is for equality, rights, the fair treatment and maximum quality of life for all those affected by mental illness, their carers, family and friends. The charity boasts a network of over 140 local support groups offers a welcoming, non-judgemental space to talk about individual experiences and get peer support. Donate here.
Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre is a pioneering UK charity offering accessible, intercultural therapy in over 20 languages to people from diverse cultural communities. Alongside clinical therapeutic work, Nafsiyat also offers a range of training opportunities and placements for trainee counsellors and therapists who are interested in gaining experience in intercultural therapy. Donate here.
Every year, Beat supports tens of thousands of people and their loved ones on their journeys towards recovery from an eating disorder across the UK. The coronavirus pandemic is the toughest challenge Beat has ever faced. Demand for Beat’s hotline and support services has soared. Donate here.
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. The charity works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities in the United Kingdom and to make mental health a community concern. Donate here.