Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch funding support for mental health charities
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have launched a grants scheme of nearly £1.8 million to 10 leading charities at the heart of mental health and frontline support as result of the coronavirus pandemic.
As a result of the Royal Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund, and in partnership with NHS England, individual grief trauma counselling from Hospice UK will be available for all frontline workers.
The grants will also ensure more than 250,000 emergency responders will have access to peer-to-peer support, training and mental health resources from Mind’s Blue Light mental health programme.
Over the space of four years, the Blue Light programme has sought to change views on mental health and improve support.
The Duchess of Cambridge said: "Over recent months we have all been in awe of the incredible work that frontline staff and emergency responders have been doing in response to Covid-19, but we know that for many of them, their families, and for thousands of others across the UK, the pandemic will have a lasting impact on their mental health."
Funding will also build the capacity of the Heads Together partners as they work together on campaigning activity to directly address the nation’s mental health as the population adjusts to life after Covid-19.
The Duke of Cambridge said: "It’s great to hear how the Royal Foundation is supporting you and many others to build resilience and give you the networks you need through its Covid-19 Response Fund, which will help 10 leading charities continue their crucial work."
As part of the grants, it is hoped teachers, children and their parents will be supported to cope with mental health needs, including self-care and managing anxiety as schools reopen, thanks to training and resources from Place2Be and the Anna Freud Centre.
And an additional 20,000 new mothers will be supported by Best Beginnings, thanks to a community mental health training project to reach pregnant women and new parents.
Moreover, the Mix will expand its group chat service for young people to seven days per week, while Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) will be able to respond to 2,300 more contacts each month.