All people experiencing mental and emotional distress in the UK can find safe, compassionate, empowering support in their local communities. 

Our Vision

Our Mission

Helping people experiencing mental and emotional distress, and those who support them, to make informed and empowered choices about the kinds of support they want, by exploring various ways of understanding mental and emotional distress, and by helping to influence the types of support and information that are available.

Our Objectives

Create opportunities to challenge and explore how we all understand the reason for, the meaning of and the stages of our journeys through mental and emotional distress, with experiencers and their supporters, mental health practitioners and professionals and the broader public.

Influence the kinds of support and safe spaces available to people experiencing mental and emotional distress to recognise and provide a more experiencer-led, compassionate, stage-based journey approach 

Ensure that people experiencing mental and emotional distress and those supporting them can readily access reliable, experiencer-evaluated information on safe spaces where they can get appropriate, compassionate, empowering support

Our Strategic Areas Of Activity

In order to achieve our mission and objectives we will engage in the following five strategic areas of activity:

  • Researching and evaluating new and existing safe spaces, and alternative frameworks for understanding mental and emotional distress, particularly our Five stage road map

  • Working with emerging and existing safe spaces aligned with our ethos to increase the number and types of safely held spaces available

  • Collaborating with people and organisations aligned with our ethos to explore and influence: attitudes, beliefs and frameworks for understanding mental and emotional distress, and mental health related service design and delivery

  • Developing and publicising as widely as possible a comprehensive, experiencer-evaluated database of safe, compassionate and empowering physical and virtual spaces, appropriate for the different stages of journeys through mental and emotional distress

  • Evolving our approach on an ongoing basis in response to the voices of key stakeholders, our own and others’ research, and changes in mental health related legislation, policy and practices

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