In combining the development of innovative approaches to mental health teaching and training together with the promotion of service user and carer involvement and the creation of technology-based teaching and learning tools, CEIMH drew on knowledge from the following organisations:

Mental health (general) links

  • Centre for Community Mental Health - The Centre for Community Mental Health is part of the Faculty of Health at Birmingham City University. The Centre works to improve services and life opportunities for people with severe and enduring mental health problems. The Centre concentrates on tackling social exclusion and the development of innovative approaches to service provision through training, education and research.
  • Centre for Mental Health (formerly Sainsbury Centre) - The Centre carries out research, development and training work to influence policy and practice in health and social care. The aim of this work is to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems by removing barriers and achieving change.
  • Department of Health  - The Mental Health section of the Department of Health’s website contains recent policy and consultation documents, implementation guides and good practice examples of mental health services.
  • Hands on Scotland - Hands on Scotland is an online resource for anybody working with or caring for children and young people. The website provides practical information and techniques on how to respond helpfully to children and young people's troubling behaviour and gives advice on how to help them flourish.
  • Mental Health Foundation - The Mental Health Foundation uses research and practical projects to help people survive, recover from and prevent mental health problems. By working with statutory and voluntary organisations, from GP practices to primary schools, the Foundation enables them to provide better help and to promote mental wellbeing. It also works to influence policy, raise awareness and to help tackle the stigma attached to mental illness.
  • Mental Health Research Network -  The Mental Health Research Network (MHRN) helps researchers based at universities throughout the country to recruit people willing to take part in trials and studies through NHS services. It also works to involve people with experience of mental health problems, their family members and mental health professionals as advisors and consultants on research projects.
  • MIND -  Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, with well over 200 local support groups at grass-roots level. The charity is the largest provider of voluntary sector quality community care, and offers many services including helplines, drop-in centres, sheltered housing, counselling, befriending, advocacy, employment and training schemes around the UK.
  • Rethink -  Rethink is the largest national voluntary sector provider of mental health services with 340 services and more than 130 support groups. The services offered by Rethink include advocacy, carer support, community support, employment and training, helplines, housing, nursing and residential care and services dedicated to black and minority ethnic communities.
  • SANE -  SANE is a registered charity that aims to raise awareness and respect for people with mental illness and their families, and to secure better services.
  • Together -  Together is a leading national charity that supports people with mental health needs by offering a range of services, through campaigning and doing research, and by educating local communities about their own mental health needs.
  • Voice Collective -  Peer support for young people (aged 12-18) who hear, see or sense things that others don't.
  • Young Minds -  YoungMinds is the UK's only national charity committed to improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing of all children and young people

Service user and carer links

  • Carers Federation Limited - The Carers Federation was established in 1992 and supports carers and the people for whom they care. The organisation provides a wide range of services and useful information, and is managed by a board of carers, former carers and people who use services.
  • Carers in Partnership (CIP) - CIP promotes the involvement of family members and friends in the way that mental health services are planned, set up and run. The organisation seeks to help and inform carers who wish to be involved in, and informed about, the development of quality mental health services.
  • Carers UK - Carers UK provides information and support for carers. It also seeks to improve recognition and support for carers through informing and creating dialogue with policy makers and professionals working with carers.
  • Mental Health Carers - Mental Health Carers is a national website dedicated to online support for carers of those with mental health problems.
  • National Survivor User Network - NSUN was launched in 2007 and was funded from Comic Relief and the Tudor Trust. Its aim is to support the development of service user/survivor led organisations and promote service user involvement in mental health service delivery and development.
  • Social Welfare Training - Social Welfare Training is a free resource and 'at a glance guide to benefit changes', and is regularly updated. It deals with all benefits including disability benefits and also includes details of rights based training courses aimed at maximising entitlements to benefits.
  • Suresearch - Suresearch is a network of service users and their allies who have experience and/or interest in mental health research and education. Suresearch aims to influence the quality, ethics and values of mental health research by linking with local, regional and national partnerships in the mental health arena. Suresearch is supported by the CEIMH.
  • Users in Partnership (UIP) -  Users in Partnership aims to support user involvement at grass roots and regional level, working in partnership with local user groups. It promotes the involvement of service users in the planning, delivery and monitoring of mental health services.

Mental health professional links

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) -  BACP aims to promote understanding and awareness of counselling. It produces a directory of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
  • British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) -  BPC is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. One of its functions is to act as a voluntary regulator of the profession, publishing an annual register of those practitioners who meet the Council’s fitness to practice standards.
  • British Psychological Society -  The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society has national responsibility for the development, promotion and application of psychology for the public good, and promotes the efficiency and usefulness of its members by maintaining a high standard of professional education and knowledge.
  • Department of Health -  The Mental Health section of the Department of Health’s website contains recent policy and consultation documents, implementation guides and good practice examples of mental health services.
  • Mental Health Nurse Academic (UK) -  MHNAUK brings together representatives from all UK Higher Education Institutions engaged in mental health nursing education and research. The group aims to represent and promote mental health nursing education, research and practice development and to influence and respond to the UK mental health agenda through well-informed debate, discussion and the dissemination of material that reflects our views on a range of issues.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists -  The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional and education body for all psychiatrists in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The Royal College produces a range of publications for the public (including children and young people) on common mental health problems, psychiatric treatments and on the important issue of stigma. Some of this literature is also available in other languages. They can all be downloaded from the website.
  • Skills for Health -  This site provides information, advice and guidance on using the National Mental Health Occupational Standards.
  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) - SCIE was established by Government in 2001 to improve social care services for adults and children in the United Kingdom. SCIE works to disseminate knowledge-based good practice guidance; involve service users, carers, practitioners, providers and policy makers in advancing and promoting good practice in social care; enhance the skills and professionalism of social care workers through tailored, targeted and user-friendly resources.