The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Fund has been set up by the Scottish Government to support third sector organisations that provide crucial support services for new and expectant parents, carers, infants and families who are experiencing mental health issues in the perinatal period.
Inspiring Scotland manages the fund and works with funded charities and the Scottish Government to achieve the goals of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board.
The Fund currently supports 16 third sector organisations from October 2020 to April 2023. These organisations work across Scotland to provide enhanced peer support, parenting support and perinatal counselling services during pregnancy and the early stages of an infantâ€™s life. The Main Fund is now closed to applications.
In May 2021, Inspiring Scotland opened a supplementary Small Grants Fund to support community groups and smaller third sector organisations that provide support to parents and families with mental health issues. Find out more information on this fund.
Funded by the Scottish Government, the Small Grants Fund will support smaller third sector organisations and constituted community groups that work with parents and families experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues, at any point from pregnancy up to an infantâ€™s third birthday.
The Fund is closed for applications and decisions will be announced in September 2021.Â
Find out more information on the fund.
To support midwives, health visitors and families, Scottish Government and Inspiring Scotland have created a directory of Third Sector Perinatal Mental Health services across Scotland which are accepting referrals. Click here to view the online directory.Â
If you would like your service to be added to the directory, please click here.
The Perinatal and Infant Mental Health fund has been designed to support the aims of the Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Programme Board. The Programme Board was established in April 2019 in order to implement the commitments to improving perinatal and infant mental health set out in the Programme for Government and theÂ Scottish Governmentâ€™s 2017 â€“ 2027Â Mental Health Strategy.
Read our first Perinatal and Infant Mental Health blog post, where we discuss the importance of third sector support for infant mental health.
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