Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund

The coronavirus pandemic means that more people, either with or without an existing mental health problem, are seeking support for their mental health.

Measures to limit virus spread are impacting negatively on people’s mental health, particularly those who depend on formal and informal networks to support their mental wellbeing.

Voluntary sector organisations who provide mental health services in communities across the country are well placed to offer this additional support, but need extra resources so expand their services, which are increasingly overstretched.

Thanks to £5m support from the Government, Mind is administering a £5m grant fund in partnership with other leading mental health providers in England.

From 16 April 2020 voluntary sector, mental health organisations in England can apply for grants to help them provide additional coronavirus support.

“We’re yet to fully understand the long-term impact of coronavirus on our mental health. But right now, many people are struggling to cope through the lockdown period in isolation or without access those things that help them stay well. For anyone with a longstanding mental health problem this impact is unimaginable.

“We’re really pleased that Government has recognised the vital role that voluntary sector mental health organisations have in working alongside NHS colleagues in the fight against coronavirus. And we’re delighted to be working in partnership with other leading mental health organisations in England to ensure that this government money can quickly reach those organisations who urgently need it.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive Officer, Mind

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) will administer part of the fund to ensure that smaller community organisations who might not meet all the standard eligibility criteria can apply. Details are available on the NSUN website.

You can find out more about the fund and how to apply on both the Association of Mental Health Providers website and the Mind’s website.