Mental Health Investment Fund grants more than £3m to 13 innovative schemes across Surrey

The Surrey All Age Mental Health Investment Fund (MHIF) has granted funding of £3.6m to 13 projects that provide innovative, community-focused programmes.
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This is in addition to the £530,000 that was granted in 2023 to nine projects.

The 13 initiatives selected to receive funding are Active Prospects, Barnardo’s, CHIPS Guildford, Citizen Advice Elmbridge West, Delight, Emerge Advocacy, PAPYRUS, Re-Engage, Richmond Fellowship, Schools Alliance for Excellence, Sport in Mind, Surrey Care Trust, and YMCA.

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These initiatives aim to support the emotional well-being of Surrey citizens by focusing on preventing poor mental health and aiding those with mental health needs.

The Surrey All Age Mental Health Investment Fund has granted funding of £3.6m to 13 projects that provide innovative, community-focused programmes. Picture contributedThe Surrey All Age Mental Health Investment Fund has granted funding of £3.6m to 13 projects that provide innovative, community-focused programmes. Picture contributed
The Surrey All Age Mental Health Investment Fund has granted funding of £3.6m to 13 projects that provide innovative, community-focused programmes. Picture contributed

This gives people access to early, appropriate support, preventing further escalation of their needs. Additionally, the MHIF has supported projects that work with communities to tackle isolation.

Established in 2022, the MHIF is a joint fund with Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and is part of the county’s No One Left Behind agenda. The additional investment in mental health provision was ring fenced within the 22/23 Council Tax with an additional contribution from the NHS.

The 2019 Surrey Health and Wellbeing Strategy focusses on how to reduce health inequalities so no-one is left behind. The evidence it is based on helps us to understand and target key groups and neighbourhoods across Surrey with the Mental Health Investment Fund.

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The MHIF is aligned to meeting the outcomes of Priority 2 of the Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which focuses on prevention, removing barriers and supporting people to become proactive in improving their emotional health and wellbeing.

A broad range of partners across the NHS, County Council and Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise came together to carefully consider the bids and award the funding. We look forward to sharing stories from the variety of projects and people and communities being positively impacted over the next year.

Dr Charlotte Canniff, Joint Chief Medical Officer for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership, said: “This investment reflects the importance we place on promoting good mental health and early intervention for those facing mental health challenges.

“The communities we are part of play a huge role in our mental wellbeing. I am thrilled to see the success stories from round one projects and how they can thrive with this investment and look forward to more people getting the help they need through the second round of funding.”

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Mark Nuti, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Health, said: “I am delighted that the second round of funding has been allocated to a range of different organisations and is spread across the 11 districts and boroughs of Surrey, all working to tackle mental ill-health with innovative, community-focused projects.

“I eagerly anticipate the positive impact the second round of funding will have on people in Surrey need of mental well-being support.”

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