As part of its centenary celebrations, the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) has raised more than eleven thousand pounds for mental health charity Mind.

A total of £11,583 was raised for Mind and the Association continues to encourage members to support the charity.

The NPA marked its 100th birthday in 2021 and partnered with Mind in England and Wales, and equivalent charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland — SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire Wellbeing — to raise awareness of pharmacy services for people with mental health problems and to generate funds for the work of these charities.

The NPA held set-piece events, such as sponsored walks, and pharmacists, colleagues and their families and friends were encouraged to organize their own activities.

Chief executive of the NPA, Mark Lyonette, said: “I was delighted to be at our sponsored walk in St Albans, home of our head office, last year. This and other fundraising events all underlined the message that community pharmacies are concerned with the wellbeing of the whole person – mind as well as body.”

Charlotte Porter, head of corporate partnerships at Mind, said, “We are so grateful to the National Pharmacy Association for supporting Mind as we help those of us affected by a mental health problem. The money raised will help support our services, like the Mind Infoline, and the campaigning we do to ensure that the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem each year, do not face it alone.”

If you want to share your stories and/or experiences with us, please send an email to [email protected]