Equality and diversity

At Rethink Mental Illness we believe in equality. Everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. That’s why we strive to prevent discrimination and protect our staff, the people who use our services, and our members from being discriminated against.

Diversity is also important at Rethink Mental Illness; we appreciate difference through inclusiveness. It gives us a deeper understanding of the world and the needs of the people we’re working with. By including everyone our organisation is a better place and we can provide better services.

Equality and diversity are fundamental to our core beliefs and values. That’s why we welcome people from all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic classes, religions, disabilities and ages in everything we do.

How do we do this?

  • By continually working to combat the stigma and discrimination that surrounds mental illness
  • By making sure our services and projects reach out to everyone and include everyone
  • By attracting, and supporting a diverse work force
  • By encouraging activities across our organisation that enhance equality and promote diversity
  • By making sure we are up to date and have the knowledge and skills to really understand what diversity means in our current society
  • By being open and thoughtful when we talk to others and encouraging everyone to deal with complex issues with courage, skill, and grace.

We welcome diversity and acknowledge that difference brings value to our organisation. Characteristics such as racial and cultural backgrounds, ages, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities and religious beliefs open up alternative ways of perceiving, thinking and acting that enriches our understanding of mental health and recovery.

As an organisation that promotes the elimination of discrimination for people with experience of mental illness, Rethink Mental Illness is aware of the importance of creating communities free from stigma in supporting the recovery process. Principles such as dignity and respect, and the freedom of communities to self-determination, are cornerstones of Rethink Mental Illness’s core beliefs and values and are applicable to people from all backgrounds. Valuing difference empowers people to improve the quality of their own lives and to positively contribute towards addressing misconceptions inherent in society.

Rethink Mental Illness supports diversity amongst its membership, people who use its services, staff and carers. We have been accredited with Investors in People, A Mindful Employer,  Disability Confident Employer , all of which recognise our efforts to promote staff and service initiatives that meet the needs of all members of society.

At Rethink Mental Illness, we want to help break the silence and end the stigma
around mental health. One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time. Nine in ten people who have experienced a mental health problem have faced negative treatment from others as a result.  That’s why we have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge. This is a commitment to changing the way we think and act about mental health at every level of the organisation.

Rethink Mental Illness invites and supports diversity in our workforce. We currently have a number of staff initiatives that aim to foster an environment where all staff are valued and their voices heard. These include, amongst others:

Staff peer support offers staff who have experience of mental ill health the opportunity to provide mutual support and share information about good practice in this area.

Reflect is a mentoring scheme for staff of minority groups who work at Rethink Mental Illness, such as people from black or minority ethnic communities, or people with experience of using mental health services for example. The aim is that by taking this positive action, we can support these groups of staff to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise, both in their current roles and in their future career development.

Staff Engagement Committee (SEC) is where we discuss the big things that affect our staff - like health and wellbeing, pay, benefits and organisational change.

  • The Staff Engagement Committee – or SEC – is a big part of our efforts to make working at Rethink Mental Illness even better. The SEC reps play a crucial role in canvassing your views and concerns and putting them to senior managers.

    Mark Winstanley Mark Winstanley

    Chief Executive Chief Executive

Rethink Mental Illness services reach out to all communities to support those affected by mental illness recover a better quality of life.  The people who use our services play a central role in determining how we run them. We provide high quality services that are carefully planned, managed and monitored and we support the people who use our services towards achieving their potential.

Our services are rigorously reviewed to ensure that they are accessible and meet the needs of all members of the local community. 

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