Government to further invest in mental health support

The Government has announced an additional £5 million of funding to invest in and expand mental health support across the country.

According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), community projects are set to receive a share of the capital to boost existing services supporting those affected by Covid-19.

These include national organisations, such as Mind, Ambitious about Autism, Support After Rape and Sexual Violence, LGBT Foundation and Campaign Against Living Miserably, and local groups offering support and therapy in the community.

The move comes after recent research revealed that social distancing measures are having a significant impact on people’s mental health and wellbeing. The study, published by the University of Manchester, found that prolonged periods of isolation are leading to “heightening feelings of anxiety and depression”, while others report “strong feelings of loss”.

Commenting on the funding, Mental Health Minister Nadine Dorries said: “This epidemic has had huge consequences for us all, but for some it has been especially difficult, leading to loneliness, anxiety and other mental health challenges.

“I believe we must pull together as a nation during these trying times and I am absolutely determined that no one should have to cope with mental illness alone.”

This latest round of funding follows a £4.2 million investment in mental health charities in May, which supported organisations such as Samaritans, YoungMinds and Bipolar UK.

The latest figures suggest that around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year, with the most common illnesses being anxiety and depression.

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