SHCP are today (19 July 2021) launching a grants process for supporting people in Sussex who have, or who care for someone with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

VCSE partners are invited to apply for up to £20K to fund their work. Applications would need to be received by Monday 23 August (4 weeks from launch) with awards being allocated by Friday 27 August.

Serious Mental Illness refers to a diagnosis of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, or a history of psychosis. People with SMI face stark health inequalities and are less likely to have their physical health needs met.

Compared to the general population, individuals with SMI are:

  • Facing a shorter life expectancy by an average of 15-20 years, mostly due to deaths from cardiovascular disease;
  • Three times as likely to smoke;
  • At twice the risk of obesity and diabetes;
  • At three times the risk of high blood pressure

We are keen to receive applications from our voluntary and community sector (VCSE) partners across Sussex. For more information please:

We are holding two 30 minute virtual session for people from our VCSE to attend should they have any questions. Click the links below when the meeting is due to start to join: