Support in Mind Scotland was initially part of the UK charity National Schizophrenia Fellowship, set up in 1972, however in 1984 became an independent Scottish Charity, National Schizophrenia Fellowship (Scotland), and this is still the registered company name. However, in 2010 they changed their operating name to Support in Mind Scotland to fully convey the scope of mental health conditions to which they provide support.
They provide vital support to 1,700 people experiencing poor mental health, as well as their carers and families, across 28 projects across Scotland. They offer one-to-one emotional support, confidence building, self-management support, crisis intervention, vocational/skills training, employability building and benefits assistance. Several of their resources boast subsidised cafés and run activity groups such as art, music, yoga, walking, Tai Chi, radio, photography and woodwork. The aim of these is to teach people new skills, encourage expression, provide companionship and improve confidence.
Support in Mind Scotland has set up and runs the National Rural Mental Health Forum (www.ruralwellbeing.org) which now has over 200 member organisations dedicated to tackling mental health by raising awareness, furthering research, sharing best practice, collaboration and informing policy makers. They believe it is everyone’s business to tackle mental health.