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Winter support package

Our campaign for the UK Government to provide a Winter Support Package so those of us severely affected by mental health problems get the support we need.

Over the last few months, over 7,000 of you signed our petition calling on the UK Government to provide urgent mental health support this Winter.

Following our campaigning the UK Government has now announced a Mental Health Support Plan for Covid-19. And it includes many of the things we campaigned for: 

  • A commitment to continuing face to face support for people with mental health problems who need it, even in areas with the tightest lockdown restrictions.
  • £50 million to protect mental health beds in hospitals over the winter and to make sure mental health patients are discharged with the right support when they are ready to go home.
  • Assurance that people with severe mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, will receive regular physical health checks.
  • Confirmation that many people with mental health problems are eligible for support with shopping for food and other essential items.
  • £170 million for local councils to support families struggling to afford food and other essential items.

Whilst not perfect, the commitments in the plan mean that more help will be in place for people with mental health problems over the coming months, and it wouldn’t have happened without thousands of us speaking up and calling for action. Thank you. 

The past year has shown that a more ambitious plan for supporting the mental health of the country is needed. There is a bigger challenge ahead if we want to avoid the long term economic and social scarring on our society and the huge impact this will have our mental health. We'll be campaigning to ensure mental health is at the heart of recovery plans from coronavirus.

You can help too. Campaign with us.

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Do you need support?

Our coronavirus information hub provides advice on how to support your mental wellbeing during this period, including accessing services, going to work and mask anxiety.

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Our Five Tests

Coronavirus will have an impact on our mental health into the future. We’ve developed a checklist for what the UK government needs to prioritise now and beyond to make sure everyone gets support.

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