Published On: 29th November 2023

The Access Foundation Supporting Better Mental Health

1 in 4 people experience mental health problems, but most do not receive the help they need. The Access Foundation has this year granted £7200 to leading mental health charity Mind, to support national projects and local campaigns.

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales and provides information and advice to millions of people, as well as campaigning to improve services and raise awareness. Through their network of over 100 local Minds, the charity provides frontline community services to over 400,000 people every year.

75% of mental health problems start before age 24 (50% before age 14), yet 70% of young people with a mental health problem do not receive support at a sufficiently early age.

The Access Foundation funding is supporting the charity’s Clear Space project which helps to plug the gaps in mental health services by offering young people, teachers, parents and carers free, immediate mental health support at a time when urgent support is needed.

Joe McCarthy, Trust Officer commented:

“We believe that nobody should face a mental health problem alone – especially a child. By supporting Clear Space, the Access Foundation are helping us to ensure that children and young people, along with the trusted adults around them get the help they need when they need it. Together, we can take the steps to change people’s lives.”

One of Mind’s local groups in Harrow, has also received Foundation support through the donation of refurbished laptops. The equipment is being used to help deliver the charity’s Stepping Stones Project, which offers online mental wellbeing courses including creative writing, yoga, cartooning and Bollywood dance.

Many beneficiaries did not have internet access and outdated laptops that service users borrowed made the process challenging.

Marilyn Norman, Grants & Community Fundraising Manager commented:

“Our Stepping Stones mental wellbeing courses are a lifeline for many local people struggling with poor mental health. Up to 20% of service users want to engage with our courses digitally but do not have a suitable devices, but with The Access Foundation’s support of 14 refurbished laptops – service users will now be able to join and engage in our courses with digital ease to support their mental health recovery.”