About St.Helens Mind
St Helens Mind was founded in 1995 by Martin Griffin,
our Honorary President, Bernard Pilkington, now Chairman,
Jeff Hext, now Treasurer, and Paul Pennington, Trustee.
With lots of determination and no funds they aimed to provide a service for people affected by mental illness. They worked with Mind UK to become affiliated and a grant of £5,000 from St Helens Council meant an office could be rented in College Street. They then started to get funding on an annual basis to provide the service.
This was run by the same people, who enlisted the help of more volunteers and the office was run as a Drop-In Centre. A grant from the National Lottery was obtained, a full-time staff member was appointed and the service grew into a Drop In and Information Centre.
As legislation and mental health services within the Borough changed, the organisation then moved to Heath Park Lodge when funding for the Befriending Service started in 2006. We worked very effectively with partner organisations within that building, also taking over the running of the social activity groups formerly provided by a Local Authority Team.
We developed our services there for five years, were based at the Deafness Resource Centre for a year and in May 2014 moved to Peasley Cross where we currently have our main office.
We moved into Harry Blackman House, Peasley Cross at the end of May 2014 which is the base of the Mental Health Recovery Team. We felt this was a really positive move. Referrals to the service have increased and there is much more collaborative working which in turn gives a better service to our clients.
Our move to a secondary office at the Mansion House site has brought with it many opportunities for development.
We have moved some social groups there and have plans to develop services as a result of this positive relocation. We see this move as a catalyst for future developments to match the needs of existing service users and bridge gaps within the recovery of local people experiencing
mental ill health.