Royal charity hands charities £1.8m to help pivot mental health support online

Ten charities have been handed £1.8m in funding from The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s charity to support the mental health needs of frontline workers and families amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Royal Foundation
has handed the charities the money through its Covid-19 Response Fund, which has been set up alongside NHS England to tackle mental health issues.

A priority is to help charities boost their mental health support, particularly in pivoting services online to meet growing demand amid the pandemic.

Hospice UK is to receiving funding to give emergency responders access to grief trauma counseling. Mind is also supporting emergency responders through their peer-to-peer support.

Ambulance Staff Charity
, Shout 85258, The Mix and the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) will offer extra support through the funding .

The Mix will be using the money to expand its group chat service for young people to seven days a week.

In addition, Place2Be and the Anna Freud Centre will be handed money to support the mental health needs of teachers, children and parents.

Also Best Beginnings and Home-Start are to support new and expectant mothers. This will see Best Beginnings deliver a digital outreach programme and mental health taining to Home-Start volunteers and midwives to help parents, and parents-to-be, gain support through a pregnancy and parenting app.

“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 ten leading charities continue their crucial work,” said the Duke of Cambridge at an event attended by frontline workers and mental health workers.

Mental health demand

Mental health support is fast emerging as a key area of demand for Covid-19 support funding.

Earlier this month City Bridge Trust chairman Dhruv Patel told Charity Times in an exclusive interview that the focus of its emergency Covid-19 funding had switched from providing essentials such as food supplies to supporting vulnerable groups, including those with mental health problems.

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