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40 years of Health in Mind (August 2022)

July marked 40 years since Health in Mind, which began as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health, registered as a charity. The drive to establish our organisation was led by a small group of dedicated people who saw a need for there to be greater diversity in community mental health services, that were tailored to the needs of the community.

We changed our name from the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health to become Health in Mind in 2002. The change in name reflected our widening geographical remit, the extension of our work and clarified our independence.

Today as Health in Mind, we continue to work in Edinburgh as well as across the Lothians and the Scottish Borders supporting over 4,000 people a year. We offer a range of support including peer support, counselling, and trauma support. In 2016 we also became a partner in the In Care Survivors Alliance.

We have been celebrating in different ways to mark this great achievement of 40 years including an online virtual event on Wednesday 13 July and a special event at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Thursday 22 July.

Virtual event

During our virtual event, we heard from two talented poets who featured in our first poetry collection last year - John and Ray.

Jamie our Communications Officer then spoke about his experience of joining Health in Mind and how proud he is to work for such a fantastic organisation. He shared how important it is for young men to talk about their mental health and how they are feeling, and how he feels lucky to be able to start those positive conversations within his role.

Our supporter Chris, who first came to know of the organisation through accessing one of our services, spoke about how Health in Mind saved his life and that now he wants to give something back. He does this through volunteering with our Peer Connecting service in Edinburgh and by taking on fundraising challenges. Last year he walked from John O'Groats to Land's End and raised over £5,000!

Our Fundraising team, Lynne, Lauren and Karen shared how important our fundraising activities are to the organisation - not only to raise funds but to raise awareness, meaning more people can access the support they need. They also gave us some examples of the different ways we can get involved.

Our in-person event at the Botanic Gardens

Throughout the evening at the Botanic Gardens, we heard so many incredible stories about what we have achieved over the last 40 years. Someone at the event said 'after hearing what was shared this evening - you just couldn't imagine Edinburgh without Health in Mind. It's not possible.' 

The wonderful Christina Naismith, our Chair, did a brilliant job hosting the event on the night, she helped paint a picture of what Health in Mind used to be like as the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health and what it's like 40 years on.

We also heard from Councillor Susan Rae, who officially opened the event; Shulah Allan, the first Chief Executive of the organisation; Josie and Isabel, current volunteers in Edinburgh and Midlothian; Lauren from our fundraising team and one of our supporters, Amanda, who read her poem The Sea.

We also heard from the Harmony Choir, who sang 'Stand by me' and 'I will survive', and the Cairn String Quartet took us back to the 80s. Both brought joy to everyone with their music and got people dancing and singing along.

Celebration messages from you

We also asked everyone attending the events to share a message, a memory, or a picture about Health in Mind, and we got a brilliant response. 

If you want to share a message, memory, or picture with us, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

Help us be here for 40 more

By signing up to make a monthly donation, you'll be helping us be here for 40 more years.  Find out more on our CAF donation page.

Thank you again for joining us as we say, 'Hello to 40’.

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