It’s Stockport Mind’s 50th anniversary year.
This page is to give an overview of the history of our organisation, since its formation in May 1971, as part of our celebrations of five decades supporting local peoples’ mental health.
The organisation was set up by a group of Volunteers, who identified that more local support was needed to help people with mental health problems. It was initially set up as ‘Stockport & District Association for Mental Health’.
One of the founders was Betty ‘Johnnie’ Adshead.
Betty chaired the organisation for over 25 years, and was voted Stockport Woman of the Year, primarily in recognition of her work for our organisation. She went onto become Stockport Mind’s President. Betty died aged 95 in 2016, recognised in this Guardian obituary.
The first projects in our formative years included youth counselling, a self help group for people with agoraphobia, a volunteer visiting scheme, and a relatives group. Campaigning and education around mental health was also key.
This banner, titled ‘The Road that Stockport Mind has Travelled’, shows a snapshot of the many different developments and services from 1971 to 1998.
This includes an outreach project, the launch of our infoline, advocacy work and an art project.
In 1998, a successful lottery bid allowed the organisation to move into it’s current premises, Dove House on Union Street.
By this time, Stockport & District Association for Mental Health had become affiliated to the national Mind network, meaning the organisation had become ‘Stockport & District Mind’.
In the late 2000’s, Stockport Mind had upwards of 25 staff, working across two buildings – The Black Lion was our other office space.
However, government cuts from 2010 had a significant impact, meaning staff numbers plummeted to 8, and the services delivered had to reduce substantially.
The organisation continues to experience ups-and-downs in terms of our fortunes and therefore the services we are able to provide to the local community. But our key objective is still the same as in the Constitution set up at the very beginning – to support people experiencing mental distress as much as we can.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us or been part of our story since 1971. We couldn’t have done it without the support, dedication and generosity of our staff, volunteers, trustees, members, fundraisers, organisations, companies, and other wonderful local people!
And of course, thank you to all of the resilient and inspiring users of our services too, as supporting you and your loved ones towards better mental health is our reason for existing as an organisation.
To find out how you can be part of our 50th year celebrations, please click here.
And if you have more information on our history – or perhaps you were involved in creating the banner shown above – please do feel free to let us know and we can add more details to these pages.