We are a registered charity with two main aims:
To improve mental health
In a joint paper from Mind and other mental health organisations called ‘Resilient Communities. Making every contact count for public health’ (August 2013) three key factors were identified that support people to stay well:
- Activities that promote wellbeing – such as being active, giving to others, learning new things, taking notice of the world around us and connecting with others.
- Building social capital – being part of groups and connecting with others can have a positive impact on wellbeing
- Developing psychological coping strategies – becoming more aware of thinking styles in different situations and seeing how this affects feelings or learning new skills such as mindfulness
To support people with mental health problems
At Dudley Mind we work with people to create practical ways in which they can strengthen their own mental health.
We use the “Recovery” model of mental health which Mind describes like this:
“The recovery ‘model’ requires a change of approach on the part of both the professionals and the service users. Service users have to be prepared to step out of the ‘sick role’ and start to regard themselves as autonomous people with the capacity to come through a period of mental distress and develop their individuality, self awareness and self acceptance.
Professionals need also to look at people’s potential, and to stop being managers and start being facilitators. They need to start looking first at people’s potential for development rather than at how their mental distress may restrict their lives. The Recovery approach aims to see service users holistically, as complete people who have the capacity to cope with their distress in such a way that they are able to participate in a full life, developing self esteem and self determination, and including, for example, being allowed to make their own mistakes and learn from them – just as the majority of people do in our society. It aims to focus on identifying realistic life goals for service users and enabling them to achieve them.”
Others describe the recovery approach as a willingness to “walk alongside” the distressed person.
At Dudley Mind we are not medical professionals. We work within the social context to help people who have mental health problems find ways of coping with their mental health issues and make progress in their recovery.