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Council announces £330,000 funding for mental health

4 April 2016

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A £330,000 funding pot is on offer to community and voluntary groups in Lincolnshire for projects across the county to help people manage their mental health and wellbeing.

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and Lincolnshire County Council has announced the current round of cash for projects to help adults who have experienced mental health problems to get involved in a wide range of activities to recover and enjoy as good a quality of life as possible.

Across the county it was predicted that 67,000 adults between 18 and 64 would have common mental health disorders by 2015.

Funding this year is also up for grabs for dementia groups to help improve the mental health of people with dementia.

The scheme was launched in 2012 and has funded special support and friendship groups, learning opportunities and supported volunteering.

So far £1.5 million has been invested in volunteer groups and other organisations working with people in Lincolnshire with mental health problems.

It wants to help adults who have already had help from mental health services or are beginning to experience the first signs of acute mental health distress along with people who would benefit from mental health promotion.

The trust wants to build a network of mental health voluntary, charity, community and other providers to help support people before their mental health problem becomes serious.

It is also looking for ways to help people access support services offered in the community and voluntary groups as part of its Mental Illness Prevention Strategy.

The fund is looking for projects of six to 12 months that can be up and running quickly so their success can be evaluated.

Projects that are likely to be picked could deliver results from just small changes.

LPFT’s associate director of community partnerships Paul Jackman said: “The county’s established Managed Care Network provides help and support to people who have experience of mental health problems.”

Thirty different types of activities are provided by 44 full member organisations and Jackman said he hoped to see the network’s membership increase.

The application deadline is Thursday June 9.

Details on how to apply are here