As of 2024, Health in Mind is officially certified as a Carbon Neutral Business, meaning we are not only working to reduce our emissions, but have reached net zero emissions through carbon offsetting programmes.   

This prestigious award recognises the structural support for, and commitment to, the Health in Mind volunteer team, who help provide vital support within their communities through everything from offering peer connections to organising community fundraising events. 

Old tree by a path in front of water

Wendy Bates, CEO at Health in Mind, said, 

Climate change is having a devastating effect on our environment and communities. Research from around the world shows that the ongoing climate crisis is negatively impacting mental health globally, increasing anxiety, sadness, worry fear and hopelessness. 

That’s why our Trustees, staff, volunteers and people accessing our support all identified it as important that we take action to minimise the impact that Health in Mind has on the environment. To handle this, we formed a group comprising staff across the organisation to focus on our environmental and social responsibility, which pledged to both reduce and offset our carbon footprint. 

We have been working with Carbon Neutral Britain to undertake a four step process, beginning with collecting information on carbon emissions, which Carbon Neutral Britain then used to calculate Health in Mind’s annual emissions. Our carbon footprint (GHC Emission) measured both direct and indirect emissions, and took into account the different pressures of hybrid working. 

We chose to offset our carbon footprint through Carbon Neutral Britain Climate Fund, focussing on offset projects that provide lasting social and economic benefits in developing countries around the world, such as wind and solar projects in Chile, India and the Philippines, hydro power in Fiji and Brazil, and cook stove projects in Kenya. These projects are certified to the highest standards through either the Verra – Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the Gold Standard – Voluntary Emission Reductions (VER) or the United Nations – Certified Emission Reductions (CER) programmes. 

In addition to Carbon Offsetting and Carbon Neutral status, we are taking action to reduce our future emissions and during 2024 – 2025 we will agree our Net Zero Carbon Reduction Plan, which will be published on our website.