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Equity in Mind: Launch of new grant fund to support people's mental wellbeing

Community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations in east and west Suffolk are invited to apply for new grant funding for projects that will support people’s mental wellbeing and the further development of our new Suffolk community mental health model.

A total of £300,000 will be made available over the next two years as part of Equity in Mind, which is a partnership between NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups and the Suffolk Community Foundation.

The programme will enable local organisations to bid for funding to provide community-based interventions with a focus on addressing health inequalities and supporting those from BAME backgrounds, services supporting older people over the age of 65 years and our population with a severe mental illness. 

The Equity in Mind grant fund programme will deliver local projects, benefitting those with a range of severe mental health impairment, including psychosis, eating disorders, severe depression as well as providing support for those with complex emotional needs. Those successfully awarded funding will be encouraged to work in partnership with other VCSE providers and health professionals, to develop services that can provide effective outcomes for the community.

Dr Ed Garratt, chief executive, NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups, said: “It’s really pleasing to see the launch of Equity in Mind.  Our community organisations have a wealth of knowledge and expertise and this new initiative will support their work as well as the wellbeing of local people who really need help.”

Michael Attwood, from Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “Suffolk Community Foundation is delighted to be involved in this innovative approach to community based mental health provision. We very much look forward to the development of the programme  and working together with partners from across both the health and voluntary sectors, enabling positive outcomes in individuals suffering from severe mental health conditions.”

James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, said: “I warmly welcome this announcement, offering grants to the charities and voluntary groups who play such an important and often undervalued role addressing the mental health challenge in our communities. Since becoming an MP in 2015, I’ve been struck by the brilliant work of local mental health charities and I’m absolutely convinced that with appropriate resource they can become an intrinsic part of the solution to the question of how we deliver better outcomes to those suffering from depression, anxiety and other such conditions. I am grateful to the CCG, NSFT and Suffolk Community Foundation for working tgether on this project, and look forward to making further progress in the months ahead.”

You can find out more about Equity in Mind HERE

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