Surrey Mental Health Fund
The Community Foundation for Surrey is pleased to announce that we have launched a new Mental Health Fund for Surrey, which will focus on helping improve mental health amongst children and young people.
Having identified the need for a dedicated fund for Mental Health in Surrey, we have worked with partners in the statutory and voluntary sector to develop the priorities for the fund, based on emerging needs and gaps in support across the county. After consulting with these partners, it became clear that there is a need to support the mental health of children of primary school age and during the transition into secondary school, when mental health problems can start to occur. The Mental Health Foundation notes that approximately 70% of people with a mental health problem have not had support at a sufficiently early age, and that 50% of mental health problems are established by the time a child reaches 14.
Therefore, initially grants will be made to early intervention projects helping children and young people aged 8-13 develop emotional resilience and self-esteem. Consideration will be given to innovative new ideas and pilot projects as well as existing work.
Areas of particular interest include:
- Encouraging healthier use of Social Media amongst children and young people
- Self Harm prevention and support
- Projects led by young people, including activities which raise awareness of youth mental health issues
Grants will typically be between £5,000-£10,000, however smaller projects are welcome to apply.
Information for grant applicants
Having received a first round of applications in October 2018 (with decisions made in January 2019), the fund is currently not open for applications. A further round will open in early 2019 – please check this page and sign up for our Grants Bulletin to find out more.
To read the grant application guidelines for the Community Foundation for Surrey, click here. The Community Foundation for Surrey cannot fund projects which are a statutory responsibility.
Mental Health Facts
The Mental Health Foundation estimate that 1 in 10 children and young people have poor mental health –equating to an estimated 14,500 individuals between the ages of 5 and 15 in Surrey – and, furthermore, that ‘70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age’. The Foundation also notes that 50% of mental health problems are established by age 14, highlighting the need for early intervention projects such as those we are aiming to fund.
In August 2018, The Children’s Society published a report which revealed that 22% of 14 year old girls in the UK had self-harmed during the previous year. Based on the figures, the Children’s Society estimates that 109,000 young people self harmed during a 12 month period when the data was collected in 2015.
Donations to the Mental Health Fund
We are continuing to grow the balance available to the Mental Health Fund, and are actively seeking individuals, businesses and trusts who may be interested in becoming a donor.