NHS in Leeds and Leeds Community Foundation tackles mental health inequalities through new grants programme

The NHS in Leeds working together with Leeds Community Foundation has launched a new grants programme to tackle mental health inequalities in Leeds.

The Addressing Mental Health Inequalities in Minority Ethnic Groups Fund has been launched to fund local third sector social enterprises, community groups and charities that are supporting local people from minority ethnic groups with their mental health.

The panel met on Thursday 4 March and distributed £209,947.20 to the following organisations: Black Health Initiative (BHI), Calm and Centred CIC, Chapeltown Youth Development Centre, Complete Woman CIC, Flourished Minds Ltd, GIPSIL, Give A Gift, HOPE Bereavement Support, Impact North Ltd, Leeds Mindfulness Cooperative, New Wortley Community Organisation and The Geraldine Connor Foundation.

The Chapeltown Youth Development Centre was awarded £20,000 to employ a mental health worker to provide 1-1 support for young people and families across the organisation as well as referrals from other organisations. The mental health worker will also deliver group workshops to help remove the stigma of mental health conditions to create open conversations about mental health.

With £20,000 the Chapeltown Youth Development Centre aim to engage 100 young people and their families with 1-1 support and deliver 200 workshops per year to over 500 young people. The project will run for two years.

Jake Andrew Boyd, from the Chapeltown Youth Development Centre said, “We’re extremely pleased to receive this funding to help reduce health inequalities in mental health. Our aim is remove stigmas and barriers that prevent young people in inner-city areas from getting mental health support.”

Jess Evans, Senior Commissioning Manager for children and young people’s mental health at NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group said, “We’re really pleased to support this initiative to tackle health inequalities in mental health. In Leeds, as across the country, people from minority ethnic groups, are more likely to experience mental health problems and less likely to receive good quality, timely support that meets their needs.

Children and young people from minority ethnic groups are under-represented in mental health support services. They report a lack of trust in mental health support services, as well as barriers in accessing support for mental distress.”

Steph Taylor, Programmes Director at Leeds Community Foundation, said: “We work in partnership with fantastic groups all across the city who are trusted by their communities. These groups have a unique role to play in reaching out to and supporting people experiencing poor mental health. We are therefore delighted to be able to both fund the brilliant work taking place, but also to gather learning that helps us demonstrate the value more widely of community-driven solutions to addressing inequalities in the hope we can change aspects of the health system in the longer-term.”

If you’re a young person and need support or help with your mental health, please visit the MindMate website www.mindmate.org.uk.

MindMate is a dedicated mental health and emotional wellbeing website (www.mindmate.org.uk) in Leeds for young people (age 12 – 25), parents and professionals who work with young people.

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