Sellafield Ltd invests £1.8m to transform community mental health support


The West Cumbria Mental Health Partnership is part of a £1.8m investment from Sellafield Ltd’s Social Impact, Multiplied (SiX) programme.

It will operate as part of the Transforming West Cumbria scheme, run by the Cumbria Community Foundation (CCF).

The partnership aims to create a coordinated and collaborative approach to community mental health care delivery in the boroughs of Copeland and Allerdale, West Cumbria.

It was developed in response to the closure of Mind West Cumbria in 2019.

This has left a void in community support for people struggling with mental health issues.

Sellafield Ltd stepped in to support a short-term solution, funding individual and group support services.

Working with the CCF, the focus quickly shifted to creating a long-term sustainable model and the new partnership was born.

It builds on work already begun by CCF to encourage mental health care providers to work together while identifying and addressing gaps in supply.

In addition to providing much-needed funding, the partnership will help community organizations improve their resilience, capacity and financial sustainability.

The partnership chose today, Blue Monday, considered the most depressing day of the year, to launch.

Its new website has also gone live. It provides details on mental health and wellbeing support, allowing users to choose the right provider for them.

Gary McKeating, Community and Development Manager for Sellafield Ltd, said:

Poor mental health is a problem that can affect us all.

Ensuring that high quality services are available to our workforce and our community is extremely important to us.

We are fortunate to have such a diverse range of community support available in West Cumbria, but the provision was spotty and needed coordination after Mind West Cumbria closed.

That’s what partnership is for: creating a solid platform for organizations to collaborate, develop their skills and thrive in the long term.

This will be a game-changer for mental health service delivery in West Cumbria.

Annalee Holliday, Senior Grants, Programs and Communications Officer for CCF, said:

The closure of Mind West Cumbria has highlighted the fragility of organizations providing such critical services.

We were delighted to work with Sellafield to address this issue through the development of the West Cumbria Mental Health Partnership.

The launch could not be more timely as demand for support in West Cumbria continues to grow and statutory mental health services are stretched to capacity.

Tamsin Beattie, West Cumbria Adult Mental Health Partnership lead for Groundwork NE & Cumbria, said:

We are delighted to lead the Adult Mental Health Program.

The funding will allow us to provide much higher quality support services to the people of West Cumbria than we have ever had in the past.

We aim to support a minimum of 2,000 people over the three-year program, although we hope to be able to support many more.

Together, we are determined to make a positive difference in the lives of as many people as possible.

Four initial programs were established by the partnership, each led by a strategic partner.

They are:

Adult Mental Health, led by Groundwork NE and Cumbria

Delivery partners:

  • Together we
  • I can
  • Healthy hopes
  • Always another way
  • North West Mental Health
  • The angry mind
  • Cumbrian Youth Alliance

Services include: talking therapies, counselling, fitness and exercise support, walk-in support groups, alternative and complementary therapies and coping strategies, wellness walks and meditation sessions. fun activities.

Youth Mental Health, led by Cumbria Youth Alliance

  • Together we
  • Spiral
  • Always another way
  • iCan Health and Fitness

Services include: conversation support, bullying support, body image, gambling, gambling and addiction support, LGBTQ community support, health and fitness.

For more information visit the Cumbria Youth Alliance website.

Financial Wellness, led by Citizens Advice

  • Advice to citizens of Copeland
  • Advice to Citizens of Allerdale

Services include: crisis response, as well as general financial advice and support.

For more information, visit Copeland’s Citizens Advice website. and Allerdale

Recovery College, run by Together We

  • North West Mental Health
  • happy moms
  • iCan Health and Fitness
  • blue jam
  • Always another way
  • Every life matters

Services include: classes and workshops to help people develop coping strategies and managing mental health symptoms.

For more information, visit the Recovery College website.

Sellafield Ltd also funds a suicide prevention project through Every Life Matters.

For more information, visit the Every Life Matters website.

Mental health in West Cumbria

  • 1 in 4 people will be affected by my mental health in their lifetime
  • 1 in 6 adults are diagnosed with a mental health problem each year
  • It’s estimated that 1 in 10 children has an emotional wellbeing problem – that’s 3 students in an average classroom

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