Mental health charity appeals for donations

Mental health charity Lancashire Mind are calling for support for their organisation after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed more people than ever are reporting depressive symptoms due to coronavirus. 

Statistics show almost twice the number of adults has experienced some form of depression since lockdown began in March, with prevalent stress and anxiety symptoms. 

Lancashire Mind, who deliver mental health support to individuals and groups across the county, are feeling the hit – and it’s not just a stretch for services that are having an impact. 

The charity has seen a significant drop in their income during the pandemic, with many of the fundraising events being cancelled – a loss which means Lancashire Mind are without 55% of their funding for the year. 

Tommy McIlravey, CEO at Lancashire Mind said: “At Lancashire Mind our priority is, and always will be, ensuring that we are there for those who need us and our services. The mental health and wellbeing of all across Lancashire has been our focus during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

“Over the last six months we have been fortunate enough to be supported by some incredible individuals, community groups and businesses who have fundraised for us in some of the most creative ways. This support has been invaluable and provided us with much needed income. 

“Unfortunately, this amazing support is not enough, and the many cancelled events and challenges have left a significant gap in our income which could result in a loss or reduction of the services we offer across the county at a time when it’s most needed.” 

As the charity saw an increase in demand for their services, they had to quickly adapt to a virtual online offering in order to support those most in need. 

Last year, they worked directly with over 12,000 children and adults in Lancashire and reached thousands more through phone calls, emails and on social media. 

Tommy added: “We know that COVID-19 has had a negative impact on many of those living with a mental health condition and that many people have experienced a mental health condition for the first time as a result of the challenges, pressures and changes the pandemic has brought. 

“From the recent controversy surrounding A-Level results to dealing with being on furlough or returning to work, Lancashire Mind provides vital support for the people of Lancashire, which is why we’re urgently appealing for help to continue these services. 

“We run independently from the national Mind charity and as such don’t receive any funding from them – there has never been a more important time to ensure mental health support is accessible to all” 

You can get more information on the work Lancashire Mind does and how to donate via their website