Funding, Donations & Sponsorship

What’s Your Story? is funded by small grants, by our delivery partners such as Springfield MIND and by donations from YOU!


Why do need donations from you?

Earlier this year the Royal College of Psychiatrists reported that the income for mental health trusts is currently £105m lower than in 2012, and although mental ill health accounts for 28% of the overall disease burden, it receives just 13% of NHS funding, according to The Centre for Mental Health.  Even where increases in spending have occurred they have been focused on acute services and the overall funding gap between general mental health and acute NHS services continues to widen.

As a result the burden for non-acute mental health care is being shifted to charities and NGO’s and thus the few available grants for this valuable work are increasingly oversubscribed.

In such circumstances it is difficult to source grant funding for a new and unproven initiative such as What’s Your Story. We have been fortunate that Springfield MIND and two local council community funds have recognised the potential in our programme and thus we have been able to properly pilot the programme to ensure that it provides real benefits to users.

We recognise that we all have to campaign for more sustainable health funding but in the meantime we are forced to revert to the kindness of strangers such as you to help us test this innovative approach to mental well-being.


Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:

Acc: 65127633
Sort Code: 53-61-31

Or via the crowdfunding site Go Fund Me.


How will your donation help?

We have been given small community grants by Leamington Town Trust and the Heart of England Community Foundation to help run the two pilots but this will not cover all the costs.

Any funds raised from you will allow us to contribute to our volunteers travel costs, pay for the attendance of mental health practitioners, increase the number of users we can accommodate and allow us to fully assess the pilot in preparation for a wider launch of the programme.


Who will your donation help?

What’s Your Story? is aimed at anyone facing life-problems arising from a lack of mental well-being.

By ‘life-problems’ we mean things like debilitating social anxiety, defensive aggression, lack of concentration, lack of purpose and direction, excessive people pleasing, exaggerated fear of people, places or things, exaggerated guilt or shame and above all, the loss of hope.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and 1 in 4 of us will experience a serious mental health crisis in our lifetime.

Despite the recent candidness of celebrities such as Prince Harry, mental illness still carries a terrible stigma in our society. Individuals often go to great lengths to hide their symptoms and their suffering because of the condemnation and ridicule which often comes with being ‘outed’ as having a mental health problem. In the workplace knowledge of an individuals mental health problem often means the end of a career.

Yet mental health and behavioural problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction, are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.

Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and Ischemic heart disease.

One of the unique features of What’s Your Story? is that although it is designed as a way for users to examine their life-problems they will also receive a highly effective introduction to creative writing that will give them the skills to pursue further writing training and/or allow them to use creative writing as a tool for their on-going mental health and well-being.


Donations can be paid directly in to our bank account via an online BACS:

Acc: 65127633
Sort Code: 53-61-31

Or via the crowdfunding site Go Fund Me.


Current Supporters:

Community Grant by Leamington Town Trust

Heart of England Community Foundation

Springfield MIND

Public Domain Arts & Media CIC


 

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