People with mental health difficulties, ranging from severe mental illnesses such as bipolar and schizophrenia, to those with more common mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, will benefit from expanded mental health services backed by £500 million as part of the government’s Mental Health Recovery Action Plan.

The plan aims to respond to the impact of the pandemic on the mental health of the public, specifically targeting groups which have been most impacted including those with severe mental illness, young people, and frontline staff.

Eligible local authorities will receive around £500,000 each to fund prevention activities like debt advice, carers support, outreach to people facing loneliness and isolation, youth projects and community groups for those most affected by Covid-19 including minority ethnic communities.

£5 million has been allocated to support suicide prevention through voluntary and community sector organisations and workers in the sector will benefit from enhanced mental health support.

The plan is part of the wider government agenda to build back better from the pandemic and ensure everyone is able to access the support they need.

Find out more about how the funding will be distributed here