Community support

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


• 1 in 4 of us will fight a mental health problem this year

• 1 in 10 young people experience a mental health issue at any one time. For those aged 5-19 years, suicide is the second most common cause of death.

Surprisingly common, isn’t it? Yet, too many people are still made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless as a result. Our attitude towards mental health can have a real impact on the people around us.

If you have a broken leg, or had just come out of hospital after an operation, you probably wouldn't think twice about talking to a friend about it. Due to stigma this is not always the way when you have or are experiencing a mental health problem, so being able to talk about it to people who understand is important.
We can all identify with the stress that life can bring. Many of us can also probably relate to feeling uneasy about talking openly about how we are feeling, how well we are coping, and might worry about the implications of speaking up. The reality is that in the same way that we all have physical health which can deteriorate and/or improve over time, so too do we all have mental health which can vary and change over the course of our lives and careers.

We want to create a network of Mental Health First Aiders who will have the confidence to make a difference to others by offering support, knowing how to help people in their community, family or workplace and pledge to end mental health stigma.

The money will be used to train 80 members of the local community to become Mental Health First Aiders. The individuals will attend a 2-day training course which will teach people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health issue. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, Mental Health First Aid teaches how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.

The offer will be open to all members of the community with a particular focus on people who are in touch with young people as we know record levels of young people are struggling. Academic pressure, social media, bullying, poverty, lack of availability of professional mental health support – all have been named as contributing to this epidemic.

Project Video

Havering Mind

Moment of Pride

We are proud of this project as it will make a real difference to people's lives and has no limits of who can benefit. It encourages people so they can be open about who they are without worrying about discrimination and finding positive ways to feel valued and live well.

Location: London Borough of Havering, United Kingdom