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£15 million to help improve mental wellbeing

The Scottish Government has launched a new £15 million Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund to support adult community-based initiatives.

The fund is to help tackle the impact of social isolation, loneliness & the mental health inequalities made worse by the pandemic. Mental Wellbeing Minister Kevin Stewart launched the fund at Saheliya in Edinburgh. Saheliya is a specialist mental health organisation for black and minority ethnic women and girls.

This funding reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those in distress and will help develop a culture of mental wellbeing and prevention within local communities. It is vital now, more than ever as we start to re-open society that we support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals. I am very keen that this benefits communities across all of Scotland.

Kevin Stewart, MSP

A range of charity-support bodies and social enterprises, known as third sector interfaces (TSIs),  will manage the fund in partnership with local integrated health authorities and other partners including Community Planning Partnerships and local authority mental health leads.

Read the full announcement on the Scottish Government website.