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Mental health groups to share £300k fund

Organisations and groups that support and help people manage their mental wellbeing are being invited to pitch for a share of £300,000.

Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) have announced the latest round of the Mental Health Promotion Fund. The fund aims to help adults of all ages who have experienced mental health problems to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to recover and maintain a good quality of life.  It will also help local people of all ages to play an active role in promoting good mental health for themselves and others.

LPFT associate director, Paul Jackman, said: “Lincolnshire has a nationally recognised Managed Care Network for providing help and support to people who have experience of mental health problems. There are already 30 different types of activities for people to choose from and we hope to see this number grow.”

Since it was first launched in January 2012, local people have benefitted from activities such as social support and friendship groups, formal and informal learning, skills and qualifications, and supported volunteering.  Last year the Managed Care Network won an award in the health and social care category at the Local Government Chronicle Awards (March 2014), for collaborative work between the Council, the Trust and the SHINE mental health network.

Paul added: “We are keen to hear about people’s ideas so that we develop new and imaginative activities for people to try, as well as continue to support the things that people already value.”

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday, 12 June.  For more details about the Mental Health Promotion Fund and how to apply visit: mental health promotion  or contact the Community Partnerships Team on Tel: 01529 222 223 or email: mcn@lpft.nhs.uk