The Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) began life in the early 1990s as the Derbyshire Patients’ Council, based at Kingsway Hospital in Derby. It was only the second such council in England, after Nottingham. It served mental health patients successfully for many years.
In response to the changing nature of mental health treatment, with more patients living in the community, the group re-launched in 2006 as MHAG, with a specific remit to fight for the rights of people living with a mental health condition.
We are now primarily a campaigning group, led by service receivers in southern Derbyshire. We cover Derby City, Amber Valley, Erewash Valley and South Derbyshire. Wherever we feel that people with mental health problems are being treated with unfairness, discrimination or stigma, we will fight for their rights.
We meet every month, and anyone with an issue around mental health is welcome. MHAG has around 250 members, and Central Committee(all member volunteers), plus two part-time co-ordinators, employed by Derbyshire Mind.
Anyone with an interest in mental health is welcome to become a member.
Contact us to find out more.