In any given year, mental health problems will affect one in four people in the UK, responsible for the largest burden of disease in the country – affecting 28% of the population.
Mind in the City, Hackney and Waltham Forest (Mind CHWF) is driven by the needs of people experiencing mental distress and we won’t give up until everyone gets both support and respect.
Part of the community since 1981, we aim to empower people with experience of mental ill health, through the delivery of innovative, collaborative services to support peoples mental and physical wellbeing, resilience and recovery in the boroughs we serve.
While affiliated with National Mind, we are an independent charity responsible for raising our own funds to support vulnerable people in our local areas.
We deliver a range of expert services to those at risk of or experiencing mental ill health, including:
- Single Point of Entry: a dedicated referrals team that offers links to the services below and signposting to relevant community, voluntary and statutory resources
- Wellbeing & Early Intervention Activities: for those with mild to moderate mental health problems such as stress, anxiety and low mood, e.g. mindfulness, resilience training, and yoga
- Recovery & Social Inclusion Activities: for those with experience of severe and enduring mental ill-health including creative arts, healthy eating, Time to Talk events, psychoeducational groups
- Psychological Therapies: providing one-to-one and group therapies with a focus on humanistic counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness-based interventions and compassion-focused therapy
- Welfare Rights: to ensure that people can access their appropriate entitlement to state welfare benefits, and support to address and reduce debt
- Advocacy Services: helping people with mental health problems speak up for themselves in the community
- Education & Employability Support: delivering training and accredited courses to empower people to develop the skills and confidence to enter education, employment or training
- Peer Support: a recovery-based peer leadership programme
- Specialist programmes including those for young people, older people, LGBTQ individuals, migrants and refugees, and members of minority ethnic communities.
- We also lead the Hackney Wellbeing Network, working with a range of local charities to provide access to even greater choice and variety of support options.
For more information please read our Services page or Make A Referral to request support for yourself or someone else.