Mission statement / Objectives / Values



“To take a lead in promoting valued experiences and opportunities for African and African Caribbean people in mental distress so that they can participate in and contribute to community life”.


ACMHS is a community-based organisation providing free and confidential culturally appropriate services predominantly to African and African Caribbean communities as well as other minority groups including White Europeans with mental health needs aged 18 and over living in Manchester and surrounding areas.  Workers offer interventions for severe and enduring, mild to moderate mental illness and assist individuals to develop techniques to manage their problems better.

The primary objectives of ACMHS are to promote the preservation of mental health and to assist in rehabilitating members living in Manchester and surrounding areas, who are experiencing some form of mental disorder or conditions of emotional or mental distress requiring advice or treatment.


People with mental ill health:
  • Should be treated with equal value as any citizen.
  • Should be respected and valued for their differences.
  • Should have their personal qualities and characteristics recognised and adhered to.
  • Should be encouraged to develop as individuals within their own culture and racial identity.
  • Should be empowered and supported not just as patients within institutions or in communities – but to participate as citizens within the wider UK communities.

Community Presence

  • Everyone should be supported to live in their communities and have equal access to facilities in their locality.


  • Everyone should be encouraged to improve relationships with families and friends.


  • Everyone should be given the opportunity as required to increase their knowledge and skills.


  • Everyone should be offered choices, and informed in making both major life and day-to-day decisions.

Image and Status

  • Individuals should feel free to express themselves in such a way that they promote their own racial, culturally identity and self-esteem.

Safeguarding Adults and Children’s Statement