Kingston Mental Health Carers’ Forum (KMHCF) was formed in 2001.
At that time, a number of MH Carer Groups existed in the Royal Borough of Kingston
(RBK) but operated independently. They were either Social, Discussion, Action or
Support orientated. Some Groups were self-run, whilst others were facilitated by
staff from the MH Service Providers.
It became apparent that each MH Group benefited from varying experiences and useful
information which was not shared outside that Group. These Groups also discussed
worries and concerns which were not shared outside the Group. They had many constructive
ideas that were worth further consideration.
MH Carers came to the conclusion that a Forum drawn from all Groups would best serve
MH Carers. Common matters of concern and importance could be addressed in a more
efficient and effective manner. Constructive input could be formulated and offered
to Service Providers as a contribution towards improving MH services in RBK.
It was also clear that only MH Carers themselves could act in a way that would bring
their peer group together in an effective and worthwhile manner.
KMHCF and its aims not only contribute to the benefit of MH Carers but, by so doing,
will contribute to the whole community of RBK.