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New perinatal and infant mental health fund launched

New perinatal and infant mental health fund launched

Inspiring Scotland are delighted to support the Scottish Government to launch the new Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Third Sector Fund.

Directed at improving mental health care for new mums, infants and families, the fund will open to applications on the 5th  May 2020 and run between August 2020 and March 2023, subject to annual Scottish Government approval.

Annually, the fund will distribute up to £1 million to third sector organisations. This will be split across a main fund of £715,000 to £900,000 and additional funding seeking to address key gaps in the sector.

With social isolation and additional physical and mental health anxieties from the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to ensure new mums, infants and families receive mental health care support has never been more vital.

Minister for Mental Health Clare Haughey said:

The third sector provides an invaluable source of support for the mental health of women, babies and their families during pregnancy and during early parenthood.

Last year the Scottish Government provided funding to support the work of third sector organisations in this area and I am delighted to announce the new Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund.

The fund will help build on this work and allow one-to-one support for organisations to continue and ultimately provide the services that women and their families need across Scotland.”

Inspiring Scotland CEO Celia Tennant said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Scottish Government with this important new third sector fund for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health charities. We know how vital the perinatal period is for families and how crucial the early years are for infant development.

“Charities across Scotland are doing essential work, and with the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, their work is more important now than ever. We look forward to continuing our support of the third sector and their support for infants and families at this crucial stage of life.”

How to register interest

The fund will be open to applications on 5th May.   If you are interested in applying to this fund please register here.  

Further information

Inspiring Scotland will run the fund, providing support to charities and working with the Scottish Government to achieve the goals of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board.

If you have any questions on the fund, please email PIMHenquiries@inspiringscotland.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @PIMHFund

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