... how we've gone that extra mile for mental health

One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives and one in ten children are likely to have a problem in any one year. There are a number of different types of mental health problems each of which has a different impact on the individuals who experience them. They range from depression and anxiety to schizophrenia, bipolar mood disorder, personality disorders and eating disorders.

A mental health problem can – and does - have a profound impact on the lives of tens of millions of people in the UK. It can affect their ability to sustain relationships, work, go to school or even to just get through the day at all. Yet most find it really difficult to talk about it - click on the banner below and see how honest you would be ...we may also dispel a few myths at the same time!

The truth is no one is immune. It can strike anyone.  It affects rich and poor, young and old and up to a staggering 700,000 adults endure mental illness each year. What is absolutely shocking is that only 25% of people get the help they need, when they need it and where they need it.

This is why Zurich Community Trust has two major programmes focussing on mental heath - one of our long term social transformation programmes and the other a Zurich Cares national partner.

 Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition

Our last partnership on the Young People's Mental Health programme is with the Children & Young People's Mental Health Coalition where our funding paid to set it up in 2010 and develop to become a leading voice to campaign and lobby for better services and policies. 

It now has over 120 members from the voluntary sector, statutory sector and professional bodies.

The Trust doesn't normally support campaigning and lobbying, but the case was compelling, and because 'the ask' came from a group of charities asking for it (and not just the one we would normally fund), we asked the Mental Health Foundation to host the Coalition for us.


We were very fortunate to hear from Jonny Benjamin at the ZCT Conference in October as one of our guest speakers.
Jonny delivered an extremely open and honest account of his journey with Schizoaffective disorder from a very early age. He is also a huge advocate for one of our three national charity partners, Mind and supports them tirelessly in their mission to raise awareness of mental health issues, and help break down those misconceptions and associated stigmas.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing any form of mental health problem. They campaign to bring about long-term change, to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Our annual grant of £50,000 (for four years) funds the employment and training of an Infoline Advisor, to give practical 'next steps' advice and empower those people in need of extra support. Together with your support we're helping the Infoline open doors to more and more people with mental health problems, playing a major role in helping them see that they are not alone. 

See the difference your support of ZCT is making... thank you! >>