OUR WORK

Although the challenges faced by those suffering from mental health difficulties are enjoying increased visibility in society, it remains a subject that is often misunderstood, ignored and stigmatised. At Mental Health Aberdeen, we believe this neither should be, nor has to be the case.

Mental health and wellbeing is a key factor in delivering Scottish government targets of creating a more successful country that presents opportunities for everyone to flourish and reach their potential.
Mental ill-health can threaten the basic things many of us take for granted. Whether that’s our ability to manage our own lives, enjoy relationships with family and friends, or even to earn a living, mental illness can be an extremely destructive force in a person's life, and stigmas that accompany the illness can make recovery even harder. Mental health remains a sensitive subject in society and it can be difficult to encourage people to open up and talk about it honestly. Some individuals suffering from the illness may, as a result find it hard to ask for help, or admit they are struggling.
This is why MHA exists. We offer help and support to those suffering from mental ill-health and accompany individuals as they work towards taking back control of their lives and in some cases reintegrating into our society. This help and support doesn’t merely manifest itself in direct aid. MHA knows that to truly tackle mental health, we must approach it from many directions. This is why, in addition to the help and support we provide, we also work within the community to raise public awareness of the reality of mental health issues and work with medical and governmental bodies to advise and recommend legislation and policies. We are one of the oldest mental health charities in the UK and it is important that we use this expertise to encourage best practice.
GOVERNANCE
MHA understands the importance of our legal status as a charity, and how this should be managed. We aim to maintain transparency and clarity for everyone with an interest in our organisation.

The MHA memorandum of Association and Articles of Association set out the purpose od the organisation and how it conducts its business under the overall management of a group of trustees. This group of trustees is known as our Board of Directors, comprising, at present of ten individuals. Our Board are a group of dedicated volunteers that come from various positions and walks of life, each bringing with them their own unique set of skills and perspectives.

The responsibility of the board is informed by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 as well as the guidance from the office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR), of which MHA is a registered charity. SCO12306.
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OSCR - Scottish Charity Regulator
OSCR - Guidance for Charity Trustees
Legislation -
Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005
- Companies House
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At present, our board consists of a President, Chairman, Treasurer and other members. Our Board are also involved in a number of sub groups alongside MHA staff members.
MHA have the following sub-groups of which Directors are involved in alongside MHA staff members:
• Counselling Sub Group • Community Sub Group
We have an equal opportunities policy throughout the organisation and take its implementation very seriously.
MHA are currently in the process of co-opting two young members to become part of our Board, for at least a year in conjunction with Robert Gordon University Business School.
FINANCE
MHA is legally bound to produce full financial reports each financial year in accordance with the Companies Act 2006, the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005, the Charities Accounts (Scotland) regulations 2006 and the Statement of Recommended Practice Accounting and Reporting by Charities issued in March 2005.

To see our most recent financial statements, please click the download link here.
ANNUAL REPORT
As well as our statutory financial accounts, MHA produce an annual report for each calendar year.

Please read our most recent annual report for information on what’s been happening over the last year in our charity. You can also use this report to gain a sense of what has been going on at the charity over the last year, and to gain a bit more information about our services, success stories and plans for the future.
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OUR SERVICES

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