Improving Londoners’ mental health

Aims of the programme

Mental ill health is more prevalent in London than in the rest of the UK and the mental health needs of Londoners can be complex. Some people with mental health problems may also have a problem with drugs or alcohol, often referred to as ‘dual diagnosis’.

We also recognise that some people are more vulnerable to mental ill health than others.

We want to support specialist services that target those with mental health issues which can deliver the outcomes set out below.

Our programme outcomes

We want to fund projects that will achieve one or more of the following:

  • more children and young people receiving specialist help, resulting in improved mental health
  • more homeless and transient people having access to mental health services and reporting improved well-being
  • more offenders and ex-offenders receiving help and support to improve their mental health
  • more refugees and asylum seekers experiencing trauma, grief and loss accessing mental health services resulting in improved mental health
  • more people from BME communities accessing appropriate mental health services, resulting in them receiving the right care and treatment
  • more LGBT people accessing mental health services resulting in improved mental health and reduced mental distress
  • a reduction in suicide and self-harm amongst the recognised at risk groups.

What will we fund?

Organisations providing specialist mental health services:

  • services specifically for children and young people
  • work supporting homeless people and rough sleepers
  • support for those in contact with the criminal justice system to improve their mental health – see also Resettlement and Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • work with refugees and asylum seekers
  • work to improve access to mental health services for London’s BME communities
  • services that meet the mental health needs of LGBT people
  • services to reduce suicide and self-harm.

If you are seeking funding for work with the mental health needs of older people, please refer to our Older Londoners programme.

Good practice

Please show how you:

  • involve service users in the planning of the services if appropriate
  • welcome people from all backgrounds and value diversity
  • value and support volunteers
  • are taking steps as an organisation to reduce your carbon footprint.