We are delighted to launch new funding through Nature for Health which will support improved mental health through nature. This is part of the Trust’s Health Justice Fund.

The funding is aimed at people who have mental health problems and who experience socio-economic disadvantage, discrimination and marginalisation. It is open in Scotland and six regions of England and closes on Wednesday 20 March.

John Hume, Chief Executive, People's Health Trust said:

"Nature for Health is an exciting funding pot from People’s Health Trust. It is a response to the growing mental health crisis in the country today. People’s Health Trust knows that ten percent increase in exposure to nature can translate into five years of better health, but we also know that access to nature is not equal with poorer neighbourhoods missing out greatly. Our investment will support local people experiencing poor mental health, socio-economic disadvantage and discrimination improve their mental health through greater access to nature and nature-based activities."

Funding through Nature for Health can support adults and young people to have greater access to natural spaces and nature-based activities, be involved in the development and running of nature-based activities in their local area and to experience measurable positive changes to their mental health.

It can provide additional support for those who need it to access other services, for example, advice or specialist mental health services. It can also use learning to work with decision-makers locally to make changes that benefit local people’s access to nature.

The funding is focussed on smaller grassroots organisations with a strong track record in supporting access to nature and/or providing mental health support.

Read more about Nature for Health and find out how to apply.


Notes to Editors

For media inquiries, please contact:

Bradford Watson

Media and Communications Officer

020 4548 0940 or press@peopleshealthtrust.org.uk

About People's Health Trust:

People’s Health Trust is an independent charity investing in local communities to help create a society without health inequalities through funding, support and using evidence and learning to influence change. It works closely with six Community Interest Companies raising money through The Health Lottery and distributing grants.

About the Health Justice Fund

The Health Justice Fund provides a route through which communities experiencing the sharp end of health inequalities can work with us, using their experience and practice, to improve health for the long term.