The Flight Centre Foundation has selected its UK charity partner of the year: Mind.
Mind is the leading mental health charity in the UK, providing support and advice to those suffering with mental health issues, as well as striving to remove the stigma around mental health. The charity supports over 390,000 people across England and Wales, offering crisis helplines, counselling, befriending and employment or training schemes.
Kathleen Miles, Director of Fundraising at Mind, said: “We are hugely grateful to the staff at Flight Centre for choosing Mind as their charity of the year and helping to ensure we can support the one in four people who experience a mental health problem in any given year. Money raised over the course of this partnership will allow us to continue to be there for people who need it, when they need it the most and to fight to make sure that everyone with a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.”
Mind's staff and volunteers are split across 140 local Minds – a successful network which delivers support and mental health services to anyone who needs them across England and Wales. Each local Mind is different, tailoring their services to the needs of their community, ensuring that noone faces a mental health issue alone. These branches campaign on local mental health issues, changing attitudes in the area, as well as offering essential services like talking therapies, crisis care and peer support. Crucially, they provide people who feel they have noone else to talk to with a human point of contact, a reassuring voice.
Campaigning and raising awareness
Mind demands a better acknowledgment and support of those with mental health issues. With help from staff, members, volunteers and supporters, it campaigns for the rights of people with mental health issues, offering direct access to unrivalled care and services, as well as ensuring sufferers are treated positively, fairly and with respect. Its ethos – 'We'll fight your corner' – demonstrates its unwavering commitment to this cause.
What Flight Centre says about Mind...
For 2017, we asked our staff to nominate and vote for their favourite charities. More than 1,100 votes were cast, with Mind receiving the majority. As a result, Flight Centre's community of 'Charity Champions' will be ambassadors for Mind throughout the year, helping to raise awareness and organise company fundraising events.
Will Leonelli, HR Director at Flight Centre, said: “Thanks to Mind’s campaigning over the last few years we know that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem each year. Within Flight Centre we want to change attitudes towards mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. By working with Mind, we will help this life-changing charity to ensure noone has to face a mental health problem alone.
“Our fundraising will support the charity’s national helpline, which offers a lifeline to those in desperate need. We will also fund mental health projects both across the UK and within Flight Centre itself to help raise awareness, offer support and change attitudes towards mental health.”
Mind will sit alongside our nominated global Flight Centre Foundation charity in South Africa, which aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing education to disadvantaged children.
Previously, Flight Centre’s chosen charity was the Alzheimer’s Society, for which more than £240,000 was raised during a two-year partnership.