£5 million for mental health community projects

Community projects supporting people with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic will benefit from their share of £5 million of additional funding.

Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries said that voluntary organisations from across the country will receive a financial boost, administered by Mind as part of the Mental Health Consortia, to expand their existing support services.

Dorries said: “This epidemic has had huge consequences for us all, but for some it has been especially difficult, leading to loneliness, anxiety and other mental health challenges. I believe we must pull together as a nation during these trying times and I am absolutely determined that no one should have to cope with mental illness alone.

“While our NHS remains open for business and has adapted its care to continue to provide vital mental health care throughout the crisis, this investment will only strengthen what’s on offer and ensure emotional support sits at the heart of the community.”

The funding package follows the £4.2 million investment announced by the Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock for mental health charities during Mental Health Awareness Week.