Community groups, faith groups and charities are being invited to apply for funding being made available to support with mental health in Stoke-on-Trent.
The grants, of up to £5,000 are being made available by Stoke-on-Trent City Council in line with the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID)’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan to address the mental health impacts of Covid-19.
In particular, grant applications are welcomed for support for people within Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning communities (LGBTQ+) and minority and ethnic communities.
People who want to apply are being asked to fill in a short application form and set out in 500 words or less how they would aim to provide support. All submissions to improve mental health and wellbeing, address loneliness and supporting people to access mental health are welcomed. In addition, applications are sought to that can help people to access support who are dealing with housing or financial insecurity.
The news comes following World Mental Health Day earlier this week where research has shown that some children and young people’s mental wellbeing has been substantially impacted due to the pandemic. As a result, people across the city are urged to take care of themselves and each other.
Cllr Ally Simcock, cabinet member for adult social care and health care at Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “Mental health issues such as anxiety and depression can affect anybody at any time – they don’t discriminate. This year, I have had the opportunity to visit several brilliant mental health support groups and services in the city. From talking to staff, volunteers and service users, it’s clear they have been lifelines for many residents.
“There is no shame in admitting you are struggling. I have struggled with mental health problems, but I have now gotten to the point in my journey where I feel able to be open and honest, and to not be ashamed. Admitting that I needed help has been the hardest part of my recovery and nobody should be ashamed. I would urge people to seek help and support whenever and wherever they can.”
Cllr Lorraine Beardmore, cabinet member for culture, leisure and public health said: “This opportunity for funding is hugely appreciated for the community. We know groups and community organisations across the city are doing amazing things to support each other and we want people to be able to access more financial support to be able to help with this. I’d urge charities and others to come forward so they don’t miss out.”
A list of apps to help with anxiety and stress which have been approved by the NHS can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/.
A 24-hour mental health city council helpline is also available which provides individuals with a safe space to talk. Individuals needing support can contact this service by calling 01782 234233.
Find out more about other support services available via www.stoke.gov.uk/supportservices
Those wanting to apply for the grants should email: firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Prevention and promotion for better mental health grant funding' as the subject heading. The deadline for the 500 words is 31 October 2021.