Grant-givers set up £600,000 funding programme for mental health services

Annika Small, chief executive of the Nominet Trust, says the funding will help charities develop digital tools to help young people with mental health problems

Annika Small
Annika Small

Four grant-giving bodies have announced a £600,000 funding programme for charities that develop digital products to improve young people’s mental health.

Comic Relief, the Nominet Trust and Right Here, a joint project involving the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation, will provide funding for initiatives that fit into eight categories.

The categories include a website on love for young people with mental health problems and their partners, a tool to help young people make the best use of consultation time with their GPs and online support on young people’s mental health for adults not working in health, such as teachers and youth workers.

About £47,000 will be available for each category and the deadline for expressions of interest is noon on 5 September. Grants can be spent from January 2013 and must be fully expended by June 2014.

The eight ideas were generated by young people, technology experts, youth workers and mental health professionals through the Innovation Labs Project, which ran from October 2011 to April 2012.

Annika Small, chief executive of the Nominet Trust, said: "We are always looking for projects that demonstrate the power of digital technology to change lives for the better. This programme presents a real opportunity to work with young people to develop the digital tools they need to transform their lives in practical ways. It will take the ideas of young people with mental health issues and make them happen."

Application documents and specifications are available from here.

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