Mental health in the UK
Many people suffer or will suffer from one or more mental health problems at some point in their lives. According to Government figures, one in four British adults experiences at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year; one in six experiences this at any given time; and one in ten children between the ages of one and 15 has a mental health disorder (sources: The Office for National Statistics Psychiatric Morbidity report (2001); The Office for National Statistics Mental health in children and young people in Great Britain (2005). However, the large number of those with mental health problems has not been reflected in the priority given by successive governments to mental health when compared with other forms of health care. Mental health is underfunded. It has rightly been described as the Cinderella service.
Many charities work in the field of mental health. Our object is to join with them in helping to redress the balance.
Our core activities
Our core activity is the funding of creative therapies, workshops, projects and courses for mental health sufferers. Examples include art therapy, creative writing, music or drama groups and craft courses. We also fund the provision of animal therapy. These are activities from which we believe many afflicted by mental health difficulties can and do benefit, but where funding is either non-existent or very limited. It is here that we hope to make a real difference. We welcome applications for funding from any instituions or individuals involved in organising or providing activities of this kind or who hope to be so involved. We are particularly keen to help fund activities directed at young people or young adults, especially those suffering from depression or who self harm.
Further information in relation to our funding criteria, and how to apply to us for funding, are to be found on the Applying for Funding page.
Details of how to contact us are set out on the Contact Us page.
We look forward to hearing from you.