Mental Health

The Foundation has supported charities working in the mental health sector since 2008.

We make grants to charities working to improve the lives of people with mental health issues, with a focus on supporting services for adults experiencing severe and enduring mental illnesses or in crisis.

The portfolio supports a range of work, particularly recovery services and helplines, on both a local and national level.

Our priorities are to support organisations that:

  • support people experiencing severe and enduring mental illness (schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and psychosis, and other chronic functional disorders, including severe depressions, personality disorders, eating disorders and self-harm) or who have mental health crises; and
  • have a strong focus on impact measurement and can demonstrate positive outcomes; and
  • mainly undertake service delivery interventions.

Each year, the Foundation provides a total of around £1,000,000 in grants to organisations within this portfolio. Most grants support core costs and are often multi-year commitments.

The Foundation does not have a grant application process, and searches proactively for opportunities meeting our priorities where funding could make a difference.



These external resources provide further information on mental health challenges in the UK
Mind Report – Coronavirus: The Consequences For Mental Health
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Mind’s Compilation of Mental Health Statistics
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Samaritan’s Resources on Suicide
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Bipolar UK – Bipolar Commission
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Rethink Mental Illness Report on Supporting People Affected by Mental Illness in their Local Communities
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