Helen Mackay’s Message for Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ which, rather than ask why so many people are living with mental health problems, seeks to explore how we can help each other to thrive with good mental health.

To thrive means to grow and develop, to ‘flourish’, and at MHM we have a proud history of striving to help our clients overcome the barriers associated with mental illness and live life to the fullest.


MHM was established 32 years ago by families and carers in the North East who recognised that there was a need for specialist support and care so that the people they loved with mental health problems could live an independent and fulfilling life.

Today, our dedicated, experienced and caring staff support clients, covering many aspects of their lives, from psychological therapeutic recovery interventions through to employment and housing support. MHM also seeks to strengthen the voice, rights and independence of our users, their carers and their friends and families and to challenge the stigmas and negative attitudes that are still associated with mental illness.

In all of our services we base the support we offer around what our clients want out of life, and encourage them to use their talents, interests and life experiences to help them lived a meaningful and valued life. Our clients are at the heart of everything we do, and we believe that enabling individuals to live meaningful and valued lives within their communities is key to thriving, not just surviving, with a mental illness.

This week, MHM teams across the country will be marking Mental Health Awareness Week by organising a wide range of events for our clients and tenants, as well as holding open days and attending events to spread the word of how our services help people to thrive!


Helen Mackay, CEO of MHM