Rethink Mental Illness is the charity for people severely affected by mental illness. We provide expert information and services and campaign to improve the lives of people living with mental illness, their families, friends and carers.

"In 1972, carers of people living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia came together to form a Charity that would become Rethink Mental Illness. We were set up to provide crucial advice and information, and 50 years later, though we work to change lives in many different ways, that remains a core function of our work. Representing the needs of anyone severely affected by mental illness, we are now a beacon of good practice delivering services across England. We tackle isolation by bringing people together through our support groups. And we run successful campaigns to improve people's experiences and health outcomes."

- Kathryn Tyson, Chair of Trustees.


Our year in numbers: 2022/23

During this period, we directly helped 22,000 people through our network of services and hundreds more through our peer support groups. Our advice and information helplines took over 45,000 calls and hundreds more via our online webchat. Our website saw over 4.2 million visitors, while our social media audience grew to 750,000 followers.

As we emerge from three years under the pandemic and into the cost of living crisis and the ongoing war in Ukraine, our commitment to supporting everyone severely affected by mental illness has never been stronger or more focused.

For the first time in my life, I feel safe.

Rethink Mental Illness supported housing resident

How we raised our money

The largest source of our income comes from contracts with local authorities and NHS Commissioners to deliver our services. As in previous years, the pressure for commissioners to look for savings continues, however despite a number of changes to our service delivery provision we have been able to mitigate losses through stabilising income in other services alongside some growth, particularly within our prison and criminal justice services.

Thanks to the continued support from our generous donors, we have been able to increase our level of income from fundraising activities which has enabled us to continue to support our beneficiaries through a number of activities, including our campaigns, groups and information service line. This includes:

For more information, please download our Directors' report, Trustees' strategic report and consolidated financial statements.

This report was subject to formal adoption at our AGM on 23 November 2023.

None of this would have been possible without the enthusiasm and generosity of our supporters, staff, and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who helped us change so many lives.