About the fund
Mad Covid have set up a fundraiser for those who struggle with mental illness who are facing financial hardship during these unprecedented times who are living in the UK. You can apply as an individual or you can donate to help someone else.
How much can I apply for?
We would like to be able to offer small pots of money up to £200 based on people’s individual circumstances. Please be aware, at the moment, only in exceptional circumstances will someone receive £200. This may change, depending on how much we raise.
Who can apply for the fund?
Anyone living in the UK who has a mental health condition / illness or who experiences emotional distress.
Some examples of things people may be in need of include:
Taxi fares to and from essential mental health appointments: it is important to avoid public transport because of social distancing, but it is also crucial that people with mental illnesses access any appointments they might have (e.g. psychiatrist, therapist, community mental health team).
Kitchen appliances which will help with food storage and cooking, such as microwaves or freezers: many people with mental illnesses live without such items due a lack of money and manage in regular times, but faced with lockdown and an increased need to store and cook food, these items are now essential.
Increased household bills such as internet data and fuel: those who are suddenly out of work will be faced with more time at home, but way less income.
Home deliveries of shopping and other essential items, especially for people in crisis who can normally go out and about when well.
If you require any support based on the examples given above or for anything else we have not covered, please complete this form.
Who is organising the fundraiser?
All grants will be verified by at least two fund co-ordinators: Jo Edge, Bethan Edwards and Nell Aitch. As people who still use or have survived the system, we can’t imagine what it must be like for those in crisis, or unable to access funds or look for work, at the moment. We appreciate your help.