Together: Working for Well-being
Together is the country's oldest mental health charity working to support people with mental health needs. It supports more than 3,500 people who experience mental distress, through 100 different projects across the country.
Together is led by a professional management and board of trustees. The CEO is Liz Felton, a former psychiatric nurse and former Deputy Chief Executive of Rethink. The charity also has a "Service User Involvement Directorate" consisting of (ex)service users who can have a say on Together's work.
Together works with people of all ages from 18 upwards, both sexes and many different ethnic origins. Many of them have been diagnosed with severe and enduring mental health needs such as schizophrenia or severe depression. The charity provides mental health services by working in partnership with many other organisations, including housing associations, health trusts, local authorities, criminal-justice agencies and private- and other voluntary-sector bodies.
The charity changed its name in 2005 from the Mental After Care Association. Key to the change was the incorporation of wellbeing, now a foundational concept in the charity's work.
Together was founded in 1879 by Rev Henry Hawkins, then chaplain of Colney Hatch asylum, who wanted to find ways to support people leaving the institution once they returned to the community.
Together’s vision is of communities that:
- value mental wellbeing
- respect and support each person’s individual journey towards fulfilment and happiness.
Together’s mission is to support individuals and communities to:
- achieve mental wellbeing
- realise their potential.
In 2008, Together their first Wellbeing Week, a series of events taking place in Projects and offices across the United Kingdom. The goal of Wellbeing Week is to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma. In March 2009, Wellbeing Week took place for the second year consecutive.
Together reported a total income of over £23 million for 2008/9. The vast majority of funding is from governmental health and social care agencies, mainly for its supported housing projects.
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- Mental Health Providers' Forum
- National Mental Health Development Unit
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