Rethink Mental Illness, the leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life.
We were founded over 30 years ago to give a voice to people affected by severe mental illnesses like schizophrenia and today, with around 10,000 members, we remain determined that this voice will be heard. We help over 52,000 people every year through our services, support groups and by providing information on mental health problems.
Our aim is to make a practical and positive difference by providing hope and empowerment through effective services, information and support to all those who need us. We believe that all those who experience severe mental illness are entitled to be treated with respect as equal citizens.
We carry out research which informs both our own and national mental health policy and actively campaign for change.
Rethink's work is overseen by the Board of Trustees, of whom the majority are carers and users. Rethink Northern Ireland is from 1st April 2009 a separate organisation.
Rethink's structure and funding
Most of Rethink's funds come from statutory funders such as health authorities, but these are bolstered by sources including central government departments, the European Social Fund, trusts, companies and individuals. Rethink's income is currently over £51 million per year.
Rethink's commitment to quality, standards and principles
Rethink services are designed to display best practice and to be sensitive to local needs. Our quality strategy promotes and monitors consistency and coherence, and ensures that users' and funders' requirements are met. At the same time, Rethink's planning and monitoring systems aim to make all the services we provide as effective and efficient as possible, while encouraging continuous improvement.
In all its work, Rethink is committed to promoting equality, choice, dignity, respect and access to care and support.
As part of this commitment Rethink has signed up to The Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health