Support in Mind Scotland has been selected from more than 370 organisations across the UK as one of 10 winners of the 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards.

The GSK IMPACT Awards are a national programme that recognise and reward small and medium sized charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing in communities across the UK.

Winners will receive £30,000 in unrestricted funding as well as expert support and leadership development provided by The King’s Fund.

Support in Mind Scotland focuses on helping people in isolated communities who are living with mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia and psychosis. These are amongst the most stigmatised and misunderstood health conditions and in rural areas it can be particularly difficult to access much-needed support.

The organisation seeks the views of its members to make sure that the support in place really reflects what people need. Alongside practical support for people, the organisation uses its research to influence national debate on mental health and make sure that the views of people living with schizophrenia and psychosis are heard.

Support in Mind Scotland runs one to one, group and peer support, money and employment advice, rural outreach and special services for young people experiencing isolation. It offers information and advice, informal drop-in sessions, activities, crisis support and counselling to people with mental ill health, and offers emotional support to friends, families and carers.

The charity is the lead partner in a collaboration project with local medical and emergency services to help people in acute distress. With 80 per cent of their service users living in rural areas, they have established the National Rural Mental Health Forum, where more than 80 organisations have come together to explore how to make their services more open, safer and inclusive.

 Frances Simpson, Chief Executive of Support in Mind Scotland, said:

 “It is a great honour for Support in Mind Scotland to be named as one of 10 winners in the 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards. We are proud and delighted to deemed worthy of receiving such a prestigious award and it is recognition for the hard work, dedication and expertise that our staff and volunteers provide to the people we support.

"We are committed to improving mental health and well-being in Scotland, and this award will allow us to continue providing vital services and support in some of the country’s most isolated communities.”

Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:  

 “Support in Mind Scotland stood out as an organisation that values the views of its service users, working hard to ensure that the services they offer reach across all communities in Scotland.  The judges were impressed with the range of services offered as well as providing emotional support to friends, families and carers.”

Developing leaders in the charity sector is a key aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme. All winners will be invited to take part in a tailored leadership development programme provided by The King’s Fund. They will also be invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a national network of over 80 previous award winners working together to develop leaders, find new ways of working, and provide mutual support.  

Support in Mind Scotland will receive their award at a ceremony held at the Science Museum in London on 16 May, along with nine other 2019 GSK IMPACT Award winners.

The 2019 winners

The ten winners of the 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards are:

Runners-up 

The following organisations received a £3,000 donation:

•    Bath and North East Somerset Carers’ Centre 
•    Brandon Centre  
•    Dementia Forward  
•    East Belfast Community Counselling Centre 
•    LD North East  
•    Moira Anderson Foundation  
•    Orchid Cancer Appeal 
•    Recovery Cymru Community
•    Womankind Bristol Women’s Therapy Centre