Inspired by ITV’s Help Our Helplines campaign, the Government is donating £1 million to charities across the country through the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, administered by Mind.
The donation was announced during the final episode of hit ITV programme Britain’s Got Talent which aired last night. The extra £1 million of Government funding comes as part of a package of support for the mental health sector on World Mental Health Day, including £2 million for research into the effects of COVID-19 on the mental health of at risk groups, and over £400 million to eradicate dormitories in mental health facilities in England.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said:
Minister for Mental Health, Nadine Dorries said:
This will fund mental health helplines, which are able to provide direct access to information, emotional support and other services. There are a range of helplines offering support, including condition specific helplines, local helplines, and support for particular groups and communities.
ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall said:
ITV’s Help Our Helplines campaign launched on 5 October and is supporting the helplines of Mind, YoungMinds, CALM and SamH.
The campaign aims to raise funding through public donations to support mental health charity helplines during Covid-19, so that no call goes unanswered.
The Government has given £5 million to the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, established in March, reaching over 130 mental health charities including BEAT and Mind. This is on top of a further £4.2 million to other mental health charities across the country.