MHA is an independent mental health charity based in the North East of Scotland. Founded in 1950, the charity exists to promote positive mental health for everyone in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. We address issues of mental health by providing services through our projects, and by acting as a catalyst for change, in partnership with other agencies. Our projects are based in both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.contact us if you require further information.
Mental Health Aberdeen is an independent local charity founded in 1950 under the name of Aberdeen and North East Association for Mental Health. MHA is one of the oldest organisations of its kind.
One of the main objectives was to educate the public about mental illness, and so, conferences and public meetings were arranged. Training courses were set up and approved by the local education authority. The organisation was also part of the successful campaign for the voluntary sector to have a say in the planning of services for the mentally ill.
KEY DATES IN THE HISTORY OF THE ORGANISATION
The association started up its 1st social centre to provide activities and support for former psychiatric patients.
The first group home in the area was set up to provide supported accommodation to discharged psychiatric patients.
A day care centre was opened two afternoons a week. Sessions progressively increased until the service moved into to The Alford Centre in 1995.
The organisation co-ordinated the first Mental Health week with other voluntary and statutory bodies.
Scottish Office Funding allowed the start of what would later become our Aberdeen Information & Counselling Service.
Rehabilitation hostel for young people suffering from severe/enduring mental illness was set up. Later to become our Marchburn Hostel & Outreach Project.
Aberdeen and North East Association for Mental Health was incorporate as a Company limited by guarantee.
Management committee planning group was set up to develop a mission statement, long-term strategy and business plan.
First Service Co-ordinator/Director was appointed. Fundraising to raise awareness started in earnest. Name of the organisation was changed to Mental Health Aberdeen.