Funds boost mental health projects

AN estimated 19,000 people across Thurrock are experiencing mental illness including conditions such as phobias, depression and general anxiety.

Studies show that early intervention can reduce severe symptoms, relapses, and hospital admissions.

Funding is now available through the Thurrock Council for Voluntary Services (CVS) for new projects that can help improve local people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Bids can range from £500 up to £25,000 and projects that already receive similar funding include gardening programmes, dementia friendly health walks, and art sessions involving painting and sewing.

Terry Piccolo, Thurrock CVS coordinator said: “Imaginative projects like these help to combat loneliness, isolation and other factors which contribute to poor mental health.”

The funds have been made available through Thurrock Council’s public health team and applications for the bids must be made at www.thurrockcvs.org by midnight on Friday, 28 November. For more information email: grants@thurrockcvs.org

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