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Mental health

This cluster is no longer open to new applicants


Launched in 2021, this learning cluster was aimed at supporting Big Local areas to understand and engage with the topic of mental health in their communities.

The cluster consisted of a series of online events including sessions run by mental health experts.

This cluster was facilitated by Just Ideas; an organisation that supports community groups to improve health and wellbeing and transform good ideas into meaningful action.

What did attendees get out of it?

Through participation, attendees:

  • learnt to understand different types of mental health issues and the impact COVID-19 has had on mental health and wellbeing
  • gained ideas, inspiration and resources to help support their communities
  • shared ideas and experiences with other Big Local areas
  • established connections with mental health experts
  • felt enthused and prepared to go back to their local communities and make a difference.


You can download the report here (.docx), the key highlights here (PDF), and the aims and resources presentation here (PPT).

You can now also download an A-Z list of support and resources here (PDF).


Learning & Networking events are open to all those living and working in Big Local areas, but we do expect attendees to bring some knowledge of the Big Local programme with them and use their learning to support the delivery of projects in their area.