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UK Healthcare makes donation to Mental Health Independent Support Team

UK Healthcare, one of the country’s leading providers of personal and corporate health cash plans, has donated £5,000 to the Mental Health Independent Support Team, or MhIST.


“Mental Health Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide and we are extremely grateful for contributions from businesses like UK Healthcare."

The donation will help the organisation to provide its Advocacy Service; allowing people living with mental health problems to secure their rights, find their voice, obtain the services they need, and represent their interests.

MhIST was established in 1992, to create a friendly and confidential support structure for people with a variety of mental health complaints. Their vision was a world in which these people were accepted and empowered to make their own decisions; to speak up for themselves. For this reason, the organization launched Bolton Advocacy for Mental Health, or BAMH.

Mental health advocates are specially trained to work with people in an empowering way, helping people to regain the confidence and self-esteem that people often lose when they experience mental health problems.  These qualified professionals, and volunteers, can help those affected to understand their rights; and can also empower them to express their views and make their own decisions.

Traditionally, this Advocacy Service had been paid for by local government contributions, but over recent years, this funding has continually decreased to the point that MhIST now relies solely on the charity of companies like UK Healthcare.

Melvin Bradley, at MhIST said: “Mental Health Advocacy is one of the most important services we provide and we are extremely grateful for contributions from businesses like UK Healthcare.

“We work with people experiencing a wide variety of mental health problems and our ambition is to support even more people in the coming year. Our Care and Nursing Homes Advocacy is one area in which we hope to help even more people. We are committed to ensuring that residents of care homes or community hospitals enjoy the same rights as the rest of us; and feel comfortable to speak up, if they are experiencing inadequate care or abuse.”

UK Healthcare makes regular donations to health related charities throughout the UK. In 2013, they donated in excess of £106,000 to a range of worthwhile causes. It’s a figure that the company is already working hard to improve upon this year.

The company also provide personal or corporate health cash plans which could possibly save businesses thousands of pounds  through reducing  staff absenteeism and improving employee retention.
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