Mid-Life Mental Health Funding Programmme

Focusing on mental health in mid-life

Mental health underpins health and wellbeing and impacts everyone which is why the Bupa UK Foundation's first funding programme focused on tackling challenges in mid-life mental health. On this page you will find details some of the projects we have awarded grants to. We will post more information and updates on these projects over the coming months.
"For many people mid-life can be a time of increased responsibilities and pressures, in their working lives, family lives and relationships, so I am delighted that the Bupa UK Foundation is funding a wide range of projects to support and improve people's mental health at this critical life-stage."
Dr Paula Franklin, Chair, Bupa UK Foundation

Projects awarded funding

The Bupa UK Foundation has awarded a total of £830,000 in grants to 24 projects across the UK, from Cornwall to Newcastle. These projects will support and improve people's mental health in many different ways by:
  • Piloting new interventions and services
  • Supporting people in crisis
  • Breaking down barriers and taboos
  • Developing skills and employment opportunities
  • Creating communities for mutual support

Piloting new interventions and services

Sign Health: Online BSL Psychological Therapy Resources
Creating the UK's first online cCBT resource in British Sign Language.

Young Minds: Parents Supporting Parents
Developing a new peer-to-peer support group model for parents and carers of children who are suffering mental health problems.

Mind: Mental Resilience and Long-Term Conditions Pilot
Developing a new programme of support for people with both mental health problems and long-term conditions, with pilot projects in Lancashire and Hull & East Yorkshire.

Oblong: Getting Back On Top
Creating a new mental wellbeing course for people in mid-life in Leeds who have developed long-term physical health conditions.

Men's Health Forum: Beat Stress, Feel Better
Piloting a free, confidential online chat service to support the mental health and wellbeing of men in mid-life.

Carers Support Centre Bristol & South Gloucestershire: Carers Wellbeing Service: Establishing a 24/7 email advice and information service for local carers, alongside internet-based information resources.

Supporting people in crisis

Cascade Theatre Company: Develop and Grow
Empowering women in Cornwall who have experienced domestic abuse or violence, helping them to improve and maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

Groundswell: Homeless Health Peer Advocacy PLUS
Transforming Groundswell's award-winning Homeless Health Peer Advocacy service to address mental health needs.

The Furniture Scheme: Working With Wood
Providing people struggling with their mental health with structured supported placements at a carpentry workshop in Ludlow.

Key Changes: Health & Social Sessions
Supporting men in mid-life from BAME communities experiencing severe mental illness by engaging them in a structured programme of culturally relevant lifestyle activities.

Developing skills and employment opportunities

Tomorrow's People Trust: Positive Progress
Working with people living with moderate to enduring mental health issues in the Liverpool City area to develop and test the impact of employment support interventions.

Gaydio: Gaydio Academy - Feel Great
Improving the mental health of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGB&T) through a series of professionally led media skills workshops.

The Cellar Trust: Workaid
Providing support to help people with mental health problems into employment in the Bradford area.

Graft Thames Valley: Recovery to Work
Supporting people in mid-life with severe or enduring mental ill-health to help improve their employability in and around Reading and the Thames Valley.

North West Volunteer Centre: The VIBE Project
Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people experiencing mild to moderate mental health issues during mid-life through volunteering and active citizenship in Northern Ireland.

Breaking down barriers and taboos

Bipolar UK: Bipolar Employment Support Service
Helping individuals with bipolar better manage their condition and employers to develop informed, mentally healthy workplaces by providing tailored training and support.

Rotherham United Community Sports Trust: MENTALk Health
Encouraging men to talk about their mental health through a series of mental health awareness campaigns and workshops targeted at male Rotherham United supporters.

Asian Lone Women Parents Association: Mid-Life Mental Health Enablers
Enabling single Asian mothers to take control of and get help for their own mental health through mental health awareness workshops and one to one support.

Creating communities for mutual support

Creative Future: Recovery Through Creativity
Extending a successful pilot project with Sussex Recovery College to deliver creative arts workshops across Sussex.

Cinque Ports Community Kitchen: Keen2 Cook Feel Good
Delivering a healthy cookery club for people suffering mental ill health in the Deal, Dover, Sandwich and Thanet areas.

Down to Earth: Building our Future
Engaging people with mental health problems who risk falling through the net in sustainable construction activity on a live construction site, supporting them to learn new practical skills, be physically active and improve their mental health and wellbeing.

Arkwright Meadows Community Gardens: Growing Power
Engaging people in Nottingham with mental health issues in eco-therapy courses to help improve their mental health and develop strategies for sustaining positive mental wellbeing.

Life Cycle UK: Bike Minded
Supporting adults in the East Bristol area who are experiencing mental health issues to improve their health and wellbeing through cycling.

Scotswood Natural Community Gardens: Growing Well Newcastle
Engaging adults in mid-life who are experiencing mental health problems in therapeutic horticulture sessions.