Mind Wise New Vision was registered as a company limited by guarantee in Northern Ireland on 10th March 2009. The new company was established in order to facilitate a demerger of the Northern Ireland region of Rethink from the national charity (also known as the National Schizophrenia Fellowship) on 1st April 2009. The new charity operates under the name MindWise.
The move to establish an independent charity in Northern Ireland took place in the context of political devolution here. It was also was in line with what had already happened in Scotland and Wales where NSF (Scotland) and Hafal were established to take advantage of the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. The decision also took account of the Bamford Review of Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland which set out a vision for mental health quite distinct from other parts of the UK.
The decision to set up the new organisation followed extensive consultation with local members and staff and other stakeholders