Summer Talkback 2020

Dear Supporter,

Welcome to your first TalkBack since the lockdown!

The emergence of COVID-19 has led to massive change, more uncertainty and new challenges for many of us.

The Mental Health Foundation has been at the forefront of the crisis since the beginning. We were one of the first charities in the world to launch practical mental health advice because we believe that giving people clear, evidence-based and engaging information on looking after their mental health is a key part of our prevention mission. Read our tips on page 6-7.

We also quickly launched a major UK-wide research study to understand the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the nation’s mental health and how to respond effectively. We have adapted our programmes to ensure that we continue to reach vulnerable population groups. Read more on pages 4-5.

This edition of TalkBack was put together before the huge movements for racial justice following the death of George Floyd. As a Foundation we stand in deep solidarity with all those who have experienced racism. We know there cannot be good mental health for all while discrimination remains a lived experience for so many in Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. We are committed to reflection and action to build on our work over many years on race discrimination and mental health but also to renew our work to tackle structural racism in our own organisation and beyond.

We know that none of our work would be possible without the generosity of our supporters such as you, who give their time and money to support our work. Thank you!

Kalina Peresterova, Individual Giving Officer