Mental health charity Lambeth and Southwark Mind saw an increase in demand for its services in 2022 and formed new partnerships to support delivery and funding, according to its annual report.
Despite a challenging funding climate, the charity formed a new counselling partnership with South Bank University Academy School and is collaborating on a Suicide Bereavement Service. The charity’s information service saw a significant increase in enquiries and the General Psychotherapy service worked with 25% more clients this year than it did before the pandemic.
Launching the report, the charity’s AGM showcased its Black River Counselling Service, Peer Support Projects, and the General Psychotherapy program.
The AGM was opened by Board Chair, Tom McCabe, who introduced keynote speaker, Lambeth Cabinet Member for Healthier Communities (jobshare) Jim Dickson, who recognised the importance of the work the charity is providing supporting residents in both boroughs.’I was delighted to be able attend the Lambeth and Southwark MIND AGM to thank them for their great work supporting the mental health of our residents and to discuss our common commitment to tackling the deep-seated inequality in mental health outcomes we see in our borough,’ he said.
Tom McCabe said: “It was humbling and inspiring to hear stories from our team about the work they are doing in the community, helping some of its most vulnerable people with their mental health challenges. It gave us all renewed passion to work towards our vision of ensuring everyone has access to the mental health support they need and deserve.
“Mind provides a range of vital support services for people in need – services which are free of charge so they can help those who would otherwise have no access to these therapies. Importantly these services are also long term and will have a lasting impact on those who take part in the programmes.”