Covid Response Programme - Scotland

Covid Response Programme in Scotland

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on the mental health of people all over the country but people who already experience inequality have been far more adversely affected.

That’s why we’re investing in the Covid Response Programme to deliver targeted support for lone parents, refugees, people from Black And Minority Ethnic communities, and people with long term health conditions.

We have all had to weather the COVID-19 storm, but we have not all been in the same boat. Some people have been disproportionately affected by the negative mental health impact of the pandemic and the consequences of lockdowns. Our study, Mental Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Scotland on Vulnerable Groups, has shown that inequalities experienced by some, including lone parents, Black And Minority Ethnic communities, refugees, and people with long term physical health conditions, have been exacerbated by the pandemic.

We are investing at least £2 million over the next two years to support people and communities across the UK whose mental health where the imapct has been more harshly experienced by the events of the last year. The Mental Health Foundation is contributing at least £1 million which will be matched by other investors and delivery partners to run programmes and interventions that will support people to live mentally healthy lives.

The Covid Response Programme is not grant giving and won’t involve a tender process. Our partners have been selected based on their expertise and experience of evidence-based practice.

Living Well: Emotional Support Matters



In partnership with Health and Social Care ALLIANCE Scotland, we are investing in a tailored programme to protect the mental health of people with long-term health conditions.

Those with long-term health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and sensory impairment, are more likely to experience mental health problems that include anxiety, stress, and depression. The mental health challenges inflicted by the pandemic, lockdown and social distancing rules have been difficult. In addition to this, managing a health condition places even more pressure on people. With reduced access to health and social care services and networks throughout lockdowns, many were left to deal with emotional distress on their own.

In August 2020, 49 percent of the general population were feeling anxious or worried due to COVID-19. This compares to 63 per cent of people living with a long-term physical health condition and 65 percent of people living with a long-term mental health condition¹.

Together with The Alliance, we are launching Living Well: Emotional Support Matters to deliver support programmes in partnership with eight third sector organisations working with people with long term health conditions in Scotland.

The voluntary sector has great relationships with our communities and carries out incredible work, which has been particularly evident throughout the pandemic. The aim of Living Well: Emotional Support Matters is to support third sector organisations to grow their ability to deliver mental wellbeing support for their service users.