MCM are honoured to partner with Rethink Mental Illness in 2020, as we shine a light on the amazing services they provide to tens of thousands of people each year.
Why Mental Illness?
Mental illness affects more people every year than cancer or heart disease – every year, one in four of us in the UK is affected by a mental health problem. Severe mental illness can affect anyone, often emerging during adolescence or early 20s.
Living with a mental health condition can affect many aspects of your daily life, from physical health to managing money and securing work. Mental ill health is the biggest cause of lost days at work in the UK, and a significant factor in the majority of suicides. Only a quarter of people affected by depression or anxiety receive support, and a third of those experiencing psychosis miss out on treatment. Often the impact of a mental health condition can be reduced if you can access support quickly. But it’s still the case that you’re more likely to receive the kind of urgent support you need if you have broken your leg than if you experience a crisis because of a mental health problem.
More About Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness has over 40 years’ experience of supporting people affected by mental illness. Tens of thousands of people rely on this organisation every year to help them get through crises, live independently and realise they are not alone. Their Advice Service offers practical information and support about any aspect of mental health and has produced 110 factsheets downloadable for free at rethink.org. Last year their award- winning information was accessed over 7.3 million times.
In 2013, Rethink Mental Illness ran ‘Find Mike’, a global campaign to reunite Jonny with the person who had stopped and spoken to him on a bridge six years earlier. Jonny’s reunion with Neil Laybourn was filmed for a Channel 4 documentary, The Stranger On The Bridge, and we are proud that Jonny and Neil are now Ambassadors for Rethink Mental Illness. They now work full-time to raise awareness and understanding of mental health with people and businesses in the UK and internationally.
Registered Charity Number 271028.
Where Do We Start?
Throughout 2020, MCM staff will be hosting numerous events and activities in order to raise funds and awareness for this reputable organisation – and we will be encouraging our friends, family and industry partners to do the same! To contribute to our goal, head over to our Just Giving page.
Watch this space as we ask everyone to #rethinkmentalillness in 2020.