About Us

The Good Mental Health Cooperative

The Good Mental Health Cooperative (GMHC) was established as a Community Interest Company in April 2013 following a successful bid for funds. The GMHC is a community of individuals, groups and social enterprises developing innovative approaches that promote… Good Mental Health! Our vision is to contribute to a society which values our mental and emotional health, just as we do our physical health. We aim to challenge stigma and exclusion, support and promote good mental health. We have a management committee who oversee all our activities and fundraising efforts and volunteers who support our events and take an active role in delivering the organisational aims.

Read our Good Mental Health Cooperative Vision Document 2019 HERE.

Read our Good Mental Health CIC Articles here.

Current Projects

Since April 2018, we have been running a monthly ‘drop-in service’ in central Portsmouth called the Good Mental Health Cafe – from 2020, remaining funding for this project will focus instead on delivering pop-up Wellbeing Fayres at various venues in the north of Portsmouth. In Autumn 2019 we launched a new pilot project, the Mental Wealth Academy, offering free and low cost workshops and courses in mindfulness, confidence building, poetry and wellbeing, which continue until Spring 2020 – you can view the programme leaflet HERE. Most recently, we re-launched one of our core projects, Books Alive! This long running project is supported by our inspirational volunteers who become ‘living books’ to share their own personal life experiences to challenge stigma and discrimination.

Other activities

Recent projects include ‘A Hundred Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire’ which engaged volunteers to research the history of local mental health care and, through creative workshops they produced a public exhibition which was held at Portsmouth Central Library throughout December 2018. In March 2020, we are launching a new heritage project ‘Uncovering Stories from WW1’, exploring stories from the Borough of Portsmouth Mental Hospital during the Great War 1914-18. Our other core projects include Mental Wealth Trialogues and the Hampshire Festival of the Mind, which last took place in May 2018.

Read our Good Mental Health Cooperative Annual Report 18-19 HERE.

Become a member of our Cooperative

In 2014, the Good Mental Health Cooperative joined the Cathedral Innovation Centre which enabled us to offer a subscription membership, intended for small community groups and local enterprises, at a cost of £50 per annum with the following benefits:

  1. Access to a dedicated meeting space by prior arrangement
  2. Access to business mailing address at the Cathedral Innovation Centre
  3. Promotion of products, services and training on the GMHC website and/or mailings, subject to guidelines agreed by the Committee
  4. Priority consideration when the GMHC gains funds for collaborative projects.

Our current subscription members are: Creative Mental Health UK, Wayfinder Associates, Sanity Books and Tongues&Grooves in the Community.

If you’re interested in a subscription membership, please contact Carolyn Barber at info@goodmentalhealth.org.uk.

Or, is you a current subscription member, use the button below to renew and pay your annual subscription.

There is also a free individual membership open to anyone who would like to support the aims of the Cooperative. There are currently 52 individual members of the GMHC. Becoming one of our members entitles you to attend our Annual General Meeting and other general business meetings during the year, as well as put yourself forward for the Committee if you choose. If you would like to become a member, email us at info@goodmentalhealth.org.uk to request a membership form.

Volunteer with us

We’d love to hear from anyone who would like to support us as a volunteer. Currently, we are looking for more volunteers to join our Books Alive! project, either as ‘living books’ or as event helpers. We are also looking for volunteers to help out at our Wellbeing Fayres, which are running throughout 2020. If you’re interested in volunteering with the GMHC, contact Carolyn Barber at info@goodmentalhealth.org.uk or 02393 106042.

Contact Us

Email: info@goodmentalhealth.org.uk

Tel.: 02393 106 042

Address: The Good Mental Health Cooperative, Cathedral Innovation Centre, St. Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2HA

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