Mental Health Foundation
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|Motto||Good mental health for all|
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The Mental Health Foundation was founded in 1949 as the Mental Health Research Fund. It was founded by Derek Richter, a neurochemist and director of research at Whitchurch Hospital. Richter enlisted the help of stockbroker Ian Henderson, who became the chair, while Victoria Cross recipient Geoffrey Vickers became chair of the research committee.
In 1972, the Mental Health Foundation took its current name, shifting its "focus away from laboratory research and towards working directly with—and learning from—people [who] experience mental health problems."
The Foundation has also focussed on "overlooked and under-researched areas," including personality disorders and issues affecting various ethnic groups. In 1999, the Foundation took their work with learning disabilities forwards, creating the Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities.
Mental Health Awareness Week
Each year, starting on the second Monday of May, the Mental Health Foundation hosts Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems and inspire action to promote the message of good mental health for all.
Mental Health Awareness Week was first held in 2001, and became one of the biggest mental health awareness events in the world.
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|2018||Stress: Are We Coping?|
|2017||Surviving or Thriving?|
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Mindfulness is part of the Foundation's strategy for a fresh emphasis on prevention, focusing on evidence-based solutions that work and have impact.
Launched in 2011, Be Mindful delivers the elements of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in an effective digital format. The Be Mindful course was created so that anyone, anywhere, can easily and effectively learn to practise mindfulness in daily life and enjoy the many benefits, including reduced stress, depression, and anxiety.
Be Mindful is approved by the NHS and is listed on the NHS Apps Library, having been assessed and satisfying rigorous NHS quality standards for clinical effectiveness, safety, usability, and accessibility.
As of 2019, Be Mindful is owned and managed solely by Wellmind Health Ltd.
The Foundation's total income for the financial year ending 31 March 2018 was £5.8m, with sources including donations (individual and corporate), legacies and grants.
The Foundation is an incorporated UK charity headed by a board of 12 trustees. Keith Leslie was appointed Chairman of the board of trustees in 2014.
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