IMHN is a charity that represents a diverse community of past, current and future users of mental health services, as well as those with lived experiences of mental health.
We support our local branches, or local ‘IMHNs’, that individually operate as member-led organisations that support users of local mental health services in making their voices heard, and by holding the local providers of those services to account.
IMHN’s ethos is to work to provide a safe space for people to confidentially share their needs and experiences of services, whilst we support the campaigning for change by holding local providers to account. We also act against discrimination by promoting a positive understanding of mental health through education, and we hope that by challenging current practice, we can increase parity of esteem and instigate worthwhile change, allowing people to access the care that they deserve.
“Promoting an effective voice to improve mental health services for all.”
Our belief…is that with one in four people being affected by mental health problems each year, it is vital that services are providing the best possible care and access for patients. We also believe that there needs to be more parity of esteem between mental and physical health, and that stigma surrounding mental illness must be challenged.
Our vision…is to have excellent and improved mental health services that listen to everyone who has used; is using or intending to use mental health services.
- Inclusivity – Being open to all people with lived experience of mental health, regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality, ability or religion.
- Bravery – Speaking out, sharing our experiences and making sure our voices are heard.
- Respectfulness – Listening to others’ mental health experiences without holding any judgement.
- Determination – Ensuring mental health services meet the needs of users, and worthwhile change is created
- Innovative – Creating lasting solutions for improving access to mental health services