Closure of Mid Staffs Mind

For the past 33 years Mid Staffordshire Mind has been at the forefront of the transformation of mental health services; giving a voice to service users and responding to need….

Changes in mental health policy nationally and locally, has seen contracts for services and grants for activities go to other organisations, so closure became inevitable.


 

Our Trustee, Keith Elder, comments on the closure of the organisation

It is with great sadness and regret that Mid Staffs Mind and this web site is closing.

In 1983, people came together from across Staffordshire, to set up Mid Staffordshire Mind and over the intervening 33 years the organisation has played a significant role in transforming mental health services in the county.

In 1983 most mental health care in Staffordshire was provided in the large institutions, like St Georges Hospital in Stafford, but it was recognised that these large institutions were not ideal locations to support people in distress. What was needed was care in community settings, where a range of support could be provided. It was also recognised that people with experience of mental distress had a role to play in fashioning and shaping the future of mental health services and a voice in their own treatment.

For the past 33 years Mid Staffordshire Mind has been at the forefront of the transformation of mental health services; giving a voice to service users and responding to need. 33 years on, times have changed and it’s time for Mid Staffs Mind to pass on the responsibility for challenges in the next 33 years, to others.

Managing Mid Staffs Mind in the last few years has presented real difficulties. Changes in mental health policy nationally and locally, has seen contracts for services and grants for activities go to other organisations, so closure became inevitable.

In these circumstances Mid Staffs Mind is being wound up, in an orderly and timely fashion, having regard to those mental health services users who still use our services and remaining administrative staff. The administrative office at Dunston Business Village closed at the end of March 2016.

The trustees are now working hard to ensure that Mid Staffs Mind leaves a legacy within the community, which serves the objectives of the organisation. The outcome of the Board’s efforts is to be announced on this website in due course.

Thank you for your support.

Keith Elder, Trustee