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At SANE, we believe that...

  • Everyone with a mental health problem should have the best possible information and support for their condition.
  • Everyone deserves a voice in choosing the treatment that best suits their individual needs. 
  • Care should be holistic, and pay attention to both physical and mental health. 
  • All families and carers should have information and support to enable them to carry out their role, and have their own needs assessed.
  • Assessment, treatment and rehabilitation should be provided in hospital or community facilities.
  • The recovery process should offer meaningful occupation, and ensure safety, privacy and dignity.

Improved mental health services and treatments

We campaign to influence mental health policy and improve services. Our current focus is on improving safe and timely access to inpatient psychiatric care.

Mental illness in the media

We campaign to challenge the way mental illness is perceived and portrayed in the media. We help individuals with experience of mental health problems speak to journalists, broadcasters and researchers, to share their stories and articulate the reality of mental illness.

Black Dog Campaign

The Black Dog Campaign aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. Our Black Dog statues are all over the country, giving mental illness a physical presence. We hope that this will enable and encourage people to acknowledge and talk about it, as well as seek help if needed.

To find out how to get involved with our Black Dog Campaign, click here.

Angus HWU

Schizophrenia and employment

Employment rates for people with severe and enduring mental illness are low in the UK. Our study, carried out between 2012 and 2013, found that only 8% of individuals with schizophrenia are in work. Since then, we have brought together leading experts to campaign for employment and schizophrenia to become a local health priority.

What’s Your Black Dog?

We give young people the opportunity to learn more about the issues surrounding mental health, by inviting them to produce creative pieces describing what mental illness means to them.

To find out how to get your school involved, click here.