Kingston Mental Health Carers’ Forum (KMHCF) was formed nearly 20 years ago.

At that time, a number of MH Carer Groups existed around Kingston but operated independently. Each had a role that was either Social, Discussion, Action or Support orientated.

It was clear that each Group benefited from varying experiences and the exchange of useful information, but which was not shared outside that Group. They had many constructive ideas that needed to be collected together.

The Carers came to the decision that a Forum drawn from the Groups would best serve their purposes. Constructive input could be formulated and offered to Statutory Services as a contribution towards improving MH services in the borough.

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 not only contributes to the wellbeing of MH Carers but, by so doing, will contribute to the whole community of RBK.

The Forum became a Registered Charity in 2005.