"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: 2021/22
During this period, we directly helped 20,000 people through our network of services and hundreds more through our peer support groups. Our advice and information helplines took over 24,000 calls and hundreds more via our online webchat. Our website saw over 6.5 million visitors, while our social media audience grew to 750,000 followers.
As we emerge from two 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.
According to a YouGov poll, we commissioned in November, around three in 10 adults’ mental health has deteriorated since the start of 2022, as people fail to rebound after the pandemic.
This has made us even more determined in our mission to support everyone severely affected by mental illness.
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 is subject to formal adoption at our AGM on 19 November 2022.
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.
Our strategy for 2021-23
Our mission is to lead the way to a better quality of life for everyone severely affected by mental illness. This includes people with lived experience, their carers, families and friends. This page sets out our strategy for 2021 - 2023.
Find out more Our strategy for 2021-23
Our vision and impact
We work tirelessly to transform the lives of everyone severely affected by mental illness, and how our nation approaches mental illness. We provide over 200 services, 140 local support groups and run campaigns that bring about real change.
Read more Our vision and impact
Our people and governance
Meet some of the individuals who make Rethink Mental Illness such an inspiring and impactful organisation. From people with experience of mental illness, to our wonderful supporters and volunteers, to our executive team and board of trustees.
Find out more Our people and governance