£15 Million to Help Improve Mental Wellbeing

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New Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund launched.

A new fund will help tackle the impact of social isolation, loneliness and the mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic.   

The £15 million Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund aims to support adult community-based initiatives across Scotland.

Grass roots community groups and organisations will be able to benefit from the funds to deliver activities and programmes to people to re-connect and revitalise communities building on examples of good practice which have emerged throughout the pandemic.

Mental Wellbeing Minister Kevin Stewart launched the fund at Saheliya in Edinburgh, a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black and minority ethnic women and girls.

Graeme Dey MSP

– Graeme

I am delighted to see new funding allocated to support the mental wellbeing of people in communities across Scotland. Grassroots organisations right here in Angus will benefit from this funding and will be able to deliver enhanced support services. It is a clear recognition of the importance the Scottish Government places on mental wellbeing; particularly as we emerge from the most challenging times many of us have ever faced.

 

The Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund is part of the wider £120 million Recovery and Renewal Fund announced in February 2021 to ensure delivery of the commitments set out in the Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan in response to the mental health need arising from the pandemic.

Minister for Mental Wellbeing, Kevin Stewart MSP

– Minister for Mental Wellbeing Kevin Stewart

This funding reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those in distress and will help develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities. It is vital now, more than ever as we start to re-open society that we support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. I am very keen that this benefits communities across all of Scotland.

I was pleased to be able to visit Saheliya this morning and meet some of the people involved with running and the project, and some of the people they help.