Mental Health UK

Who we are

Mental Health UK brings together four national mental health charities working across the UK.

We have 40 years' experience of working to improve life for people affected by mental illness in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. We were originally set up as a single UK-wide organisation in the 1970s, and we are now working together once again as Mental Health UK.

We are working together to raise funds so that more people across the UK can access support for their own mental health and for friends and family members who are affected by mental illness.

Rethink Mental Illness directly supports tens of thousands of people in England every year, whether they are experiencing depression or anxiety for the first time, or require long-term support to cope with bipolar disorder, psychosis or schizophrenia. Millions access our online information and support, and we improve lives for many more through our campaigning.

Support in Mind Scotland aims is to improve the quality of life of anyone whose mental health problem or mental illness has a serious impact on their life or the lives of others including families, carers and supporters. We deliver services to around 2,000 people a year through 21 projects across Scotland.

Hafal is Wales’ leading charity for people with serious mental illness and their carers. Covering all areas of Wales, Hafal is an organisation managed by the people we support: individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness.

MindWise is a leading mental health charity in Northern Ireland delivering over 30 services. We transform lives and develop new visions for mental health by challenging stigma and discrimination and providing quality services and support.

Our Ambassadors

Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn

We are proud that the first ambassadors of Mental Health UK are Jonny Benjamin MBE and Neil Laybourn.

Jonny Benjamin is an award-winning mental health campaigner. At the age of 20 he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar. His 2014 social media campaign with one of the Mental Health UK founding charities, Rethink Mental Illness, to #FindMike, reunited him with Neil Laybourn, the man who talked him out of jumping off a bridge when he was suicidal. The #FindMike campaign was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, The Stranger On The Bridge. Jonny and Neil now work together full-time visiting schools, hospitals, prisons and workplaces across the UK to talk about mental health and suicide prevention.