£ 5million in funding for community mental health projects


  • Nationwide community projects set to receive a share of the government’s £ 5million investment to expand support for mental health
  • A financial boost will help existing services respond to the global pandemic and protect the well-being of the nation
  • Funding will be provided by the charity for Mental Health Mind

Community projects supporting people suffering from their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) are expected to receive their share of £ 5million in additional funding, Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries announced today .

Volunteer organizations across the country – such as Local Mind Organizations, Ambitious about Autism, Support After Rape and Sexual Violence, LGBT Foundation and Campaign Against Living Miserably – will receive a financial boost to expand their existing support services.

This fund is administered by Mind as part of the Mental Health Consortia, made up of Mind, Association of Mental Health Providers, Center for Mental Health, Mental Health Foundation, National Survivor User Network and Rethink Mental Illness.

Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries said:

“This epidemic has had huge consequences for all of us, but for some it has been particularly difficult, resulting in loneliness, anxiety and other mental health issues.

“I believe we need to come together as a nation in these difficult times and I am absolutely determined that no one should have to deal with mental illness alone.

“As our NHS remains open for business and has adapted its care to continue providing vital mental health care throughout the crisis, this investment will only strengthen the supply and ensure that emotional support is at the heart of the community.”

The local charities that benefit from it include a wide range of support services, including:

  • a Leicester-based women’s center supporting vulnerable women from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority (BAME) communities who may be elderly, exposed to domestic violence or living in poverty
  • a national charity offering online peer-to-peer sessions to young people with autism to protect their emotional well-being throughout the epidemic
  • a Coventry-based support service providing therapy to families of children affected by cancer in Warwickshire
  • an LGBT talking therapy program in the Greater Manchester area, which provides counseling services to people in their own homes during the lockdown period and beyond

This is the first round of funding to be allocated to the sector, with a second wave of projects that will receive funding shortly.

The funding follows the £ 4.2million investment announced by Health and Social Affairs Secretary Matt Hancock for mental health charities – such as Samaritans, YoungMinds and Bipolar UK – at Mental Health Awareness Week, so they can continue to support people with mental health issues. .

Mind Managing Director Paul Farmer said:

“It is important that Mind, working closely with our colleagues in mental health consortia, was able to quickly promote, assess and allocate much needed funds to charities providing frontline mental health support amid the coronavirus crisis. . We have been inundated with requests for funds, showing how much support is needed.

“The coronavirus pandemic affects us all, but it is particularly hard on those of us living with a mental health problem. The recipients of this much needed fund do an incredible job supporting those who need it most, both nationally and in the community, and the money awarded will help them continue to work in innovative ways.

“There is still a lot to do and we look forward to continuing to work together to help tackle the mental health emergency we find ourselves in as we fund more organizations across England.”

Complete list of funded services

  • Bath spirit

  • Change face

  • Spirit of Islington

  • Campaign Against Miserable Life (CALM)

  • Friends and neighbors of Tower Hamlets

  • Young Spirits

  • Lift-off

  • Shama Women’s Center

  • Spirit in Tower Hamlets and Newham

  • Support After Rape and Sexual Violence (SARSVL)

  • The what? Center

  • Teesside daisy chain project

  • Rape crisis in Suffolk

  • The Rugby League cares

  • Bluebell Care Trust

  • Ambitious about autism

  • Illuminate Charity

  • Oak Leaf Company

  • Cambridge Acorn Project

  • Friend of London

  • The spirit of North Kent

  • African Health Policy Network (AHPN)

  • MindOut LGBTQ Mental Health Service

  • Eat Matters

  • Speakup Self Advocacy Limited

  • Maidstone and Mid Kent Mind

  • Consolation Surviving exile and persecution

  • Dementia before

  • LGBT Foundation

  • The Câlins Foundation

  • The spirit of Saint Helena

  • Shine A Light Support Service

  • The advice center

  • A place is

  • The CLD trust

  • Share Community Ltd


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