YoungMinds gains lottery award

Cash-strapped mental health charity YoungMinds has received a double funding boost but needs more, according to chief executive Barbara Herts.

The charity announced last week it had been successful in a £1.2m Big Lottery Fund bid with fellow mental health charity Rethink. The Recovery Learning Project will involve a residential recovery programme for young people experiencing mental illness, delivered by Rethink and an after-school scheme focusing on prevention and early intervention.

Meanwhile, YoungMinds has also been chosen by department store chain John Lewis as its first ever charity of the year.

Herts said funding had now been found to save the YoungMinds magazine but its policy work remained at risk.

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