Our History

EAMH, or the Edinburgh Association for Mental Health as we were previously known, was set up in 1982 by a group of interested people, initially to take over some flats then rented for ex-patients by the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. We are proud that today, providing accommodation and support to people to help them maintain their tenancies is still a core part of our work. At the start, we worked from a desk in the offices of the Barony Housing Association, before moving in 1984 to our current accommodation.

In 1984, we set up our befriending and counselling services, as well as Oasis, which works with women in South Edinburgh. Around that time, CAPs and the Patient’s Council were also set up by EAMH, along with the Edinburgh Mental Health Forum, still supported by us today!

As we progressed into the nineties, our work with black and minority ethnic (BME) men developed, initially through the ‘Wellbeing’ project, leading to our well known Men in Mind service. Our work in this area evolved further to include supporting BME women and is now known as Equal Access.  

Throughout this period, EAMH worked in close partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council and other voluntary organisations across the City – partnerships which it retains and has added to to this day.

In 2001, our first research into the needs of female survivors of childhood sexual abuse, by Dr Sarah Nelson, took place, leading to further research relating to the needs of both men and women, underpinning a range of counselling and support services for survivors which has developed in recent years.

In 2003, we took on the Orchard Centre in Bonnyrigg, which had been part of Midlothian Council and, as hoped by the Council, it has grown and expanded to the point today where it hosts a wide range of mental health projects and services in Midlothian. At that point, we changed our name to ‘Health in Mind’, to reflect our wider role and range of services. 

In 2006 we launched ‘Edspace’, the mental health database for Edinburgh, which was developed to include one to one information and telephone support, with significant volunteer support. With around 150 volunteers, mainly in our befriending and information services, we have also embraced the concept of peer support and encourage volunteers with lived experience to bring that into our organisation.

Today, Health in Mind is a well respected and established organisation working in the Borders, Mid and East Lothian and Edinburgh, with our partnerships more important than ever before. Innovation and quality remain important to us, exemplified by our winning two Mental Welfare Commission ‘Principles into Practice’ national awards last year, as well as gaining ‘Investing in Volunteers’ status, receiving very positive feedback in a recent SWIA report for Midlothian and this year, being part of the partnership with Midlothian Council awarded a national ‘Care Accolade’ award for service re-design.

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Training Calendar

Upcoming Training

September 2017


Personal Safety 

Tuesday 5 September-half day                        

Mental Health Awareness

Thursday 7 September - half day

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Monday 11 September - Full day



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