74 communities across Wales successfully applied to The National Lottery Community Fund for grants worth £3,401,711 this month. Many of the projects directly target improving mental health in communities across Wales. Although Mental Health Awareness day (10th October 2019) is an opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the impacts of poor mental health, many of the projects which received grants this month are tackling the issue every day. Grants are made possible thanks to people playing the National Lottery.
Citizens Advice Flintshire’s ‘The Extra Mile Project’ for example recognises that people with mental health issues might struggle to come to the Bureau to get the advice they need. The organisation has been awarded £487,607 to offer people a wide variety of ways to access the services they need, including visiting them in hospital, phone lines, email and webchat. CEO Salli Edwards said “We are delighted to be establishing this new service and we are particularly looking forward to working closely with many local mental health groups and local mental health services to ensure we deliver a good quality and timely advice service to people where, when and how they need it.’’