Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Monday 10 May 2021

The Liverpool ONE Foundation marks Mental Health Awareness Week with Funding to 10 local organisations

As we mark Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May), we’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on the past year and how Liverpool ONE can continue to nurture the wellbeing of the local community.


Earlier this year, the Liverpool ONE Foundation – managed by The Community Foundation for Merseyside (CFM) – launched the 2021 Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Funding Programme, providing more than £240,000 worth of grants over the course of two years.

The programme has overseen the funding of 10 local organisations, including Priority Youth Project, The Positivitree Ltd, Sefton-based Ykids, Footsteps 2000 limited in St Helens, and Elsie’s Moon on the Wirral. Other organisations being awarded funding by the Foundation are; AP Coaching and Mentoring Academy; Cogs Education; Engage and Change CIC; Next Chapter NW CIC; Comics Youth CIC.


With a recent study from the Princes Trust revealing that 50% of 16-25 year olds feel their mental health has worsened since the start of the pandemic, and 26% stating they feel ‘unable to deal with life’, awareness around the topic has never been so vital. For this reason, The Liverpool ONE Foundation remains dedicated in its efforts towards charities that provide help and support to this particular age group.

This scheme previously awarded four local organisations with three-year grants, spanning from 2017-2020, including Claire House Children’s Hospice and Merseyside Arts Foundation. Other recipients of this funding were ADDvanced Solutions Community Network and The Comedy Trust.


The Health Foundation reported in late 2020 that those under 25 years old are three times more likely to be suffering with mental health related illnesses than that of two years ago. In a bid to decrease the number of young adults suffering from poor mental health the Liverpool ONE Foundation has funded charities and projects which aim to target a whole host of mental health triggers amongst young people, such as bereavement, bullying, and peer pressure, just to name a few.

Investing in community projects that promote positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our city’s young people will hopefully lead to a thorough, sustainable support bubble that ensures no one suffering from poor mental health should slip through the net.


The funding provided in 2021 has boosted the total of The Liverpool ONE Foundation’s distributions to £2.5million since 2009, a sum we are thrilled to be able to contribute.  374 grants have been awarded benefiting approximately 375,000 people.  Previous recipients include Women’s Enterprising Breakthrough, Liverpool Lighthouse, Home Start Knowsley, Yellow House, Shaftesbury Youth Club and Conquer Life CIC.


Find out more about The Liverpool ONE Foundation here: https://www.liverpool-one.com/one-community/liverpool-one-foundation/

Where to find help


Young Persons Advisory Service offers a range of mental health and emotional well-being therapeutic services for children, young people and families in Liverpool.



Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community for children and young people, featuring online counsellors delivering pre-booked or drop-in sessions.



YoungMinds has a wealth of information regarding the mental health of young people on their website. They also have a helpline for parents accessible via phone, webchat or email. https://youngminds.org.uk/


PAPYRUS supports young adults under 35 who feel suicidal. They also offer Hopeline, a support and advice line for anyone concerned a young person could be thinking of suicide. http://www.papyrus.org.uk.


Liverpool CAMHS provides a range of support in addition to a variety of training to educate and inform parents and carers on children’s mental health.



CAMHS Crisis Line supports children, families and professionals out of hours and for emergency care: 0151 293 3577.

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