About us Our history Support in Mind Scotland: Timeline and Milestones 1970: (May 9) An open letter entitled 'A Case of Schizophrenia' by journalist John Pringle in The Times about his son's experience of schizophrenia draws attention to lack of support for people affected by mental illness. More than 400 people contacted John, including many who care for someone living with mental illness. 1972: Following discussions generated by Pringle's letter, the National Schizophrenia Fellowship charity is formed, UK-wide with the aim of acting as the national organisation for all matters concerning people with experience of schizophrenia and related conditions, their families, carers and dependants. 1984: NSF (Scotland) becomes an independent Scottish charity, with registered office at 67 York Place, Edinburgh. Archie Elder, Freda Middleton and Hugh Bebbie draw up the constitution; Freda Middleton appointed first Chair. 1986: Stafford Centre opens as the first NSF (Scotland) Service, in the basement of St Georges West Church in Stafford Street, Edinburgh. 1987: Rendezvous Cafe in Dumfries opens as first project in Dumfries & Galloway, followed by Phoenix Club in Stranraer. 1988: Janette Gardner elected chair; Freda Middleton becomes President. 1993: Charlie Reid Centre officially opened by Lord Provost in Glasgow. 1994: Glengarry Centre opens in Fort William (above).Mary Weir appointed chief executive, taking over from Gilly Peakman. 1995: Companas Cottage opens in Alness.Carers (Recognition and Service) Act comes into effect, giveing carers crucial recognition. 1997: NSF Scotland has its first website. 1998: Susan Kirkwood appointed new chair, following retirement of Dr Janette Gardener.New resource centre The Gate House officially opened in Golspie. 1999: NSF (Scotland) moves from 40 Shandwick Place to Castlecliff then new National Office at Claremont House, EdinburghLaunch of new pioneering Carers’ Information pack.Publication of report Carers and Communication, results of a survey undertaken by President Jannette Gardner.President Freda Middleton retires, having been involved with the NSF since 1974.Millan Committee established by the Scottish Parliament to review the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984. NSF (Scotland) CEO Mary Weir serves on committee and committee's final report delivered in 2001 helps shape new Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. 2000: Lord Campbell of Croy retires as Patron 2001: Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh; and Baroness Veronica Linklater named PatronsSep: Launch of ‘One in a Hundred’ children’s booklet at Children who Care Conference, promoted by NSF (Scotland) in Edinburgh City ChambersNov, publication of ‘Give Us a Break’ a report on a research project into the harassment of people with mental health problems.2002: New Dumfries project Kaleidoscope formally launched in Dumfries. 2002: Launch of national anti-stigma campaign See Me, with NSF (Scotland) as a partner agency. 2003: Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 comes into force. 2004: Launch of our Booklets for Children and Young People. 2008: SiMS National Office moves from Claremont House to Dalkeith Road Mews 2009: 25th anniversary as a Scottish independent charity Princess Royal opens National Office in Edinburgh (above) New SIMS premises officially opened at King Street, Castle Douglas 2010: Charity launches its new operational name - Support in Mind Scotland - at an event at Easter Road Stadium, Edinburgh (below). 2011: Mary Weir retires from post of Chief Executive 2012: Frances Simpson joins SiMS as new Chief ExecutiveSIMS launches Carers Information Pack at Scottish Parliament 2014: Sad day for SiMS as Charlie Reid Centre closes in Glasgow after funding axed. 2015: Publication of “1 in 100: Scottish Schizophrenia Study” 2017: Outgoing chair Carolyn Little receives MBE in recognition of her contribution to Mental Health services.Support in Mind Scotland launches world's first Mental Health Charity Tartan.National Rural Mental Health Forum established.Mental Health UK is founded by four member charities from the home nations: Support in Mind Scotland, Rethink Mental Illness (England), Adferiad Recovery (Wales) and MindWise (Northern Ireland).Mental Health & Money Advice Service established. 2018: Dr Maqsood Ahmed elected chair. 2019: Support in Mind Scotland wins GSK Impact Award and Charity Champion accolade for supporter Laura Reid at Scottish Charity Awards 2021: Retirement of Frances Simpson, appointment of Nick Ward as CEO Thank you to Mary Weir and Carol Gortmans for their kind help in compiling this timeline.