We are delighted to be working with Sir Norman Lamb to launch the Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund today, which aims to ensure equality, justice and human rights in our society for those with mental health issues, people on the autism spectrum and those with learning disabilities.
Mental health is the way that we think and feel, and our ability to deal with the ups and downs of life. Being mentally healthy can enable people to make the most of their potential, cope with day to day pressures, and play a full part in family, workplace and community life.
It is estimated that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health issue (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. However, many people currently find that they are unable to get the help they need as health services come under critical pressure.
Sir Norman is one of the UK’s most tireless campaigners in the area of mental wellbeing and, with the launch of the Fund, aims to ensure equality, justice and human rights in our society for those with mental ill health, people on the autism spectrum and those with learning disabilities.
Through the funds raised, we will work to support the organisations at the frontline of mental wellbeing support across Norfolk. We have unparalleled access to the groups that provide support in their communities and therefore are best placed to target support where it is most needed. Many other issues in local communities have their roots in mental health issues, such as our work supporting vulnerable families and communities. Through this vital new fund, we will work with Sir Norman to transform the support that people receive, improving local lives and communities.
Henry Cator, Chair of Norfolk Community Foundation, said:
“We are delighted that Sir Norman Lamb is drawing attention to this vital issue through the launch of this new fund, supporting Norfolk Community Foundation’s work to transform mental wellbeing support services across Norfolk.”
Claire Cullens, CEO of Norfolk Community Foundation, said:
“Our work supporting local organisations at the frontline of mental wellbeing provision has shown that this issue often sits behind our work with vulnerable families and other community issues. We are excited to be working alongside Sir Norman Lamb to shout louder about the importance of improving mental wellbeing, raising awareness and inspiring others to give to improve mental wellbeing in Norfolk.”
How you can help
Contributions, no matter how small, will make a difference. Donate online quickly and securely or alternatively send a cheque made payable to Norfolk Community Foundation (referencing the Sir Norman Lamb Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund) to Norfolk Community Foundation, St. James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR3 1TN