Following the announcement that local mental health support service Bath Mind has received substantial funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, MP Wera Hobhouse praised the charity’s vital role throughout the pandemic.
Wera Hobhouse said: “Bath Mind is a mainstay of our community and has proved this time and again during the pandemic. Since March of last year, everyone has been impacted by our very challenging times in different ways. We are seeing all the warning signs of a widespread mental health crisis.
“Bath Mind supports the mental health and wellbeing of the people of Bath and North East Somerset. With demand for their support soaring, I am delighted that they have secured funding to help in delivering their services and improving their digital development and sustainability over the next four years.
“I want to thank National Lottery players for their role in raising much-needed funding for local charities and community groups.”
Bath Mind CEO, Kate Morton, said: “During the pandemic, Bath Mind has been fighting an epidemic of mental ill-health. This epidemic knows no boundaries; we have supported thousands of people aged 16 to 94 suffering anxiety, depression, loneliness, and bereavement, some feeling suicidal; as well as those with complex mental health diagnosis. As a result of Covid-19, our entire way of delivering services has changed and we now offer a blended model of virtual and in-person support.
“This crucial funding from The National Lottery will enable Bath Mind to remain resilient, streamline capacity, reach more people and strive to ensure that nobody with mental health needs is alone.
“Thank you to all those who buy National Lottery tickets, for supporting this important work in our community.”
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