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Give the gift of comfort and hope this Christmas

Christmas and New Year are particularly difficult times for those suffering with mental illness. 17 year-old Emma describes her experience:

Suffering depression on a day to day basis is hard in itself but over the Christmas period it seems to worsen. Spending time with family who try their best but don’t understand your condition is incredibly challenging. Coping alone too is very difficult.”

SANE is here for anyone affected by mental illness, every day of the year. This Christmas season, we are increasing our Text Care service to provide consistent, personal, emotional support for each person over 5 weeks.

Every £10 will provide someone in need with 5 personalised text messages at times they choose, to sustain their health during this busy and chaotic time. Your contribution could provide that one message that is the difference between despair and hope on Christmas Day.

You can read more about Emma and Amelia’s stories here.

I want to help someone in need this Christmas >


How to get started

Download a SANE fundraising pack, filled with ideas and tips to help make your fundraising a success.

Contact SANE’s Fundraising Team on 020 7422 5544 or email fundraising@sane.org.uk to discuss your ideas.

“Supporting mental health is wonderful choice, because so many people are in need of urgent help. Your involvement has the dual benefit of raising vital funds, while also helping to tackle stigma. I’m really grateful for all your help.”
Paul Flitcroft, Director of Fundraising and Marketing


Raising money is fun

Fundraising is a great way to support better mental health and have a good time. Whether it’s running a marathon, taking on a challenge or doing a sponsored activity, there's a whole array of inspiring activities. In this video Charlie and Philippa relate their amazing adventures cycling around China - all to support people affected by mental illness.


How you make a difference

Your donations and the money you raise through fundraising is the vital link to helping those in need. One of the key ways we like to feed back to you how your contribution makes a difference is through supporter communications. Below is a list of our recent updates.

Supporter update April 2014: Read heart-felt tributes from people who have recovered their mental health thanks to your donations, and learn about Rachel Kelly's memoir, Black Rainbow, and our #healingwords campaign. 

Supporter update January 2014: Find out how your contribution is helping people and changing lives. This update also details our latest work on Schizophrenia and Employment, and Suicide Prevention.

Supporter update November 2013: Read Michelle’s inspiring story of how she recovered her health. All it takes is £10 to transform a person’s life.

Supporter update October 2013: As Professor Dinesh Bhugra issues a stark warning that mental health units in England are running out of beds, we’re asking for your continued support to give people in desperate need somewhere to turn to.

Supporter update August 2013: Help people recover their mental health. You can reach out and change the lives of vulnerable people.

Supporter Report 2013: This year's Supporter Report focuses on tackling mental health stigma and the various effective actions you can take to help stop stigma.


Why you should fundraise for mental health

One in four of us will be affected by mental illness at some point in our lives. In the UK, there are up to ten million men, women and children suffering from mental health problems at any one time. However, the impact of mental illness extends far further than the person who experiences it; experts estimate 6-10 more people are affected.

SANE improves quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. We achieve this by providing confidential help, expert information and practical advice. Anyone can access emotional support, free of charge, at any time of day or night, 365 days a year. SANE relies on voluntary income to fund its work.


Our promise to you

We respect your privacy and will never pass your details onto another organisation.

It’s your choice how often we contact you, and whether it’s by post, telephone or email. Call 0207 422 5544 and let us know your preferences.

We promise to spend your money wisely. We are accountable, and for every £1 donated we dedicate £0.87 to helping people. The balance is used to find new supporters.

We are committed to making life better for people affected by mental illness. Our guiding principles are: Acceptance, Hope, Compassion, Respect, Dignity