Mind in Haringey is a small charity support- ing local people affected by mental ill health, their families, friends and carers in the London Borough of Haringey. We started up in 1974 in a small church hall offering hot meals to those that needed it and have developed to become a thriving mental health charity which aims to improve the quality of life of those affected by mental ill health by offering relevant services. These include daily well-being activities such as discussion, arts, gardening, complementary therapies; two full-time advocates provid- ing information on subjects from benefits to legal rights so that clients are able to make informed decisions; one-to-one counselling; and a Younger Minds project helping multi- ple disadvantaged 16-25 year olds who find life difficult to cope with.
We consult our service users and work with other organisations to meet the needs of Haringey residents affected by mental ill health, using feedback to continuously improve our activities and services. We have a small staff team supported by our trustees and volunteers many of whom have their own experiences of mental ill health.
We work in collaboration with partnership organisations in tackling stigma and discrimi- nation and have a popular community café at our premises on a Friday which is open to the public and helps to break down barriers with the local community.
Mind in Haringey is a safe and welcoming environment, offering activities which give people a reason to get out of bed in the morning and help to combat the loneliness and isolation that goes alongside mental ill health. We give people the information, tools and support they need to follow the road to recovery.
Despite being hit by funding cuts of £750,000 in the last 3 years and having to restructure the entire organisation, we are now well on our way to recovery and are able to offer counselling services once again, support for young people and a wider choice of well-being activities. Unfortunately a further £67,000 of core funding from Haringey Council is likely to stop in June 2012 and we need your help to keep us going.
Please visit our website to find out how: www.mindinharingey.org.uk