SANE uses the Charities Evaluation Services framework to assess its work. We have three organisational aims:
1. Reducing the impact of mental illness
2. Improving treatment and care by increasing knowledge about mental illness
3. Influencing policy and public attitudes by increasing understanding of mental illness
Detailed below is the connection between these aims and the outcomes we have developed to evaluate our work.
i) People affected by mental illness are more able to access and make better use of available sources of support.
ii) Improved confidence in communicating with other people e.g. family, friends and casual encounters.
iii) Increased capacity for self-management of mental illness and the process of recovery.
iv) Increased sense of being supported consistently and with continuity while living with mental illness.
v) People affected by mental illness feel less distressed or despairing.
vi) Reduced loneliness and isolation of people affected by mental illness.
vii) People whose family member, friend or colleague has a mental illness are better able to cope with its effects.
i) Better knowledge and understanding among the general public of the daily reality of living with a mental illness.
ii) Mental health professionals know more about the daily reality of living with a mental illness.
iii) Wider availability of effective treatments and support options for people affected by mental illness.
i) Changes to policy and the mental health system reflect the reality of mental illness as experienced and described by members of the SANE Community.
ii) People affected by mental illness increasingly feel that their experiences are recognised, used and valued as a form of expertise, insight and learning.
iii) People affected by mental illness feel that their voice helps increase public understanding of mental illness.