Announcing our Attainment of Charitable Status

Today, on World Mental Health Day 2020, we would like to announce that the Mental Health – Time for Action Foundation has achieved chariable status (registered charity no. 1191319). Our aim is to promote and protect mental health, and provide relief to those suffering from mental illness, in particular, but not exclusively by:

  • Providing grants and funding for mental health treatment
  • Advancing public education into the causes and treatment of mental illness, including undertaking research for the public benefit and the publication of the results
  • Informing the public about the available mental health services

With the nation’s mental health a rising concern during the COVID-19 crisis, the work of the Mental Health – Time for Action Foundation has never been more necessary.

The Mental Health – Time for Action Foundation operates nationally. Its trustees are Rachel Bannister (chair), Alex Serafimov, Naomi Rasmussen, and Caroline Bald.

Our patron is the nationally renowned psychiatrist and reseacher Ahmed Hankir.

We look forward to playing our part in promoting and protecting mental health.

Our Annual Conference was a Success!

The nationwide mental health crisis brought together mental health campaigners and practitioners, service user groups, unions, and the public at the Mental Health Crisis Summit 2019 in London at the end of September. It was organised by Health Campaigns Together, Keep Our NHS Public, and ourselves, Mental Health – Time for Action. Themes that ran through our event included how poverty contributes to mental ill health and how structural change is needed, demands for an end to austerity and the underfunding of the NHS, calls for the social model of health to become standard and UK law, demands for the end of the ‘hostile environment’ in the NHS, and discussions about how service users must be prioritised in any conversation about mental health.

At the summit, Rachel Bannister, founder of Mental Health – Time for Action, shared her daughter’s moving personal experience of stretched and inadequate child and adolescent mental health services. Denise McKenna, co-founder of the Mental Health Resistance Network, criticised both the medical model and abuses within mental health services. Film director Ken Loach sadly relayed cases of suicide in response to the hopelessness of insecure and low-paid work, and Jon Ashworth, Shadow Health Secretary, discussed how mental and physical wellbeing can be secured by dealing with social and economic problems such as poverty and inequality. He told the conference, “Delivering social wellbeing isn’t just about legislating, but about dealing with the wider social and economical determinants of ill health.”

It is only through campaigns like the Mental Health Crisis Summit, and a social and economic transformation, that we can end the mental health crisis in this country.

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Rachel Bannister, founder of Mental Health – Time for Action with director Ken Loach and his mental health pledge

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Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth giving his talk

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Rachel Bannister giving her moving talk

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Announcing our Second Annual Conference

On Mental Health Awareness Week 2019, Health Campaigns Together, Mental Health – Time for Action and Keep Our NHS Public have called an event:

Mental Health Crisis Summit 2019


Royal Free Hospital School Of Medicine

Rowland Hill Street 




Saturday 28 September 2019

10am – 5pm

Sign up here:

Eventbrite: https://mentalhealthcrisissummit2019.eventbrite.co.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1753529494793540/

Keep Our NHS Public Webpage: https://keepournhspublic.com/blog/its-time-to-act-mental-health-crisis-summit-launched/


Unwaged/Low Pension: £5.00 

Standard: £10.00 

Solidarity: £20.00

What the organisers have to say: 

“When a government lets down society’s vulnerable and fails to look after people with mental health issues and in fact is making the situation worse, it is time for us all to come together to demand a better mental health service, a well-funded, public NHS without private interests, and a more responsible society.” 

Dr Tony O’Sullivan

Co-Chair of Health Campaigns Together and Keep Our NHS Public

“Despite repeated promises of parity of esteem between mental and physical health, our mental health services are in crisis, with beds and clinicians in short supply while referrals are at an all-time high. Early intervention and access to evidence-based therapies remains a postcode lottery, and little is being done. Our Mental Health Crisis Summit will bring attention to these issues, highlight the failings of the current government, and include the participation of service users, carers, clinicians, academics, campaigners, and the public. Together, at our summit, we will chart a path towards adequately funded, well managed, and user-centred mental health care for all.”

Rachel Bannister and Alex Serafimov

Mental Health – Time for Action

Event is hosted by Mental Health – Time for Action and


Video links (please watch and share):

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkHlZJh8ZIY

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/healthcampaignstogether/videos/388425645217042/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nhscampaigns/status/1128276723819261954

Twitter: https://twitter.com/The_TUC/status/1128178628666089474 (short clip with subs)

We hope to see you there! 

Who are Mental Health – Time for Action?

In 2016 Rachel’s teenage daughter was sent over 300 miles away from home for treatment for a mental health condition. Sadly, it isn’t just Rachel’s family that have had to endure such a painful separation and the resulting trauma. Out of area placements continue to be common practice. They not only cause great upset and trauma for patients and their families they often have a detrimental effect on recovery, through denying patients the all-important continuity of care.

Sky News interview Rachel Bannister 8th October 2018

Mental health, CAMHS in particular, is poorly resourced and under-prioritised in the NHS. It is also a postcode lottery. We need to change that. 

‘Mental health — time for action’ is an ongoing campaign for fully funded mental health services within a humane and compassionate society.

We held our inaugural conference 19th May 2018 where we heard from people from a range of backgrounds including Doctors, mental health nurses and teachers all with experience of or interest in mental ill health. In addition to campaigning for better services we are also committed to trying to ensure a happier and more equal society. We believe therefore that we must end austerity, poverty and the current system of over testing in schools. We support the More than A Score Campaign to end testing in primary schools. We also support the Keep Our NHS Public campaign and believe that it is imperative that we return our National Health Service into public ownership and ensure healthcare continues to be available for everyone and remains free at the point of need.

It’s hoped that you will be inspired to join the campaign to fight for properly funded mental health services which we believe must provide continuity and consistency of treatment and wherever possible within the community.

Please sign:

Mental Health – Time for Action started this petition to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party Theresa May MP

If you’re struggling with suicidal thoughts please visit  Staying Safe – help if you’re feeling suicidal