Rethink Mental Illness

£336,813 | Funding from 2018 to 2021

Rethink Mental Illness started in 1972 because of concerns from parents about the lack of support for family members affected by schizophrenia.

Rethink works to improve the lives of people with severe and enduring mental illness, and to their parents and carers, in the following ways:

  1. By campaigning, raising awareness and reducing stigma – including the Time to Change campaign, run in collaboration with Mind.
  2. Providing a helpline, information and advice services to carers, professionals and people with mental health issues. In 2016-17, Rethink received 9,000 enquiries and its publications were downloaded 719,000 time.
  3. Resettlement services for people leaving prison.
  4. Housing and support for people with severe mental illnesses, plus community support and nursing services provided through its crisis and recovery houses.
  5. Advocacy services for individuals in communities and secure care.

The Stone Family Foundation’s grant supports Rethink to monitor, evaluate and build evidence for the work it does. The funding is being used to recruit two new posts specifically focused on evidence and outcomes. These posts will help embed an impact culture within the organisation, enabling more effective help for people who need support with their mental health.