The Covid-19 pandemic has seen more people taking the time to address their mental health, according to one Cornish scheme.

The Mental Health Employment Needs and Debt advice scheme was set up back in late December 2020 and has seen around 40 referrals so far with around five to ten coming in each week.

The scheme was set up to help people who have found themselves struggling with their mental health as well as debt or employment-related issues and is being funded by Public health Cornwall and Cornwall Council.

Matt Bennett, who is project manager at the Pentreath Mental Health Advisors organisation, believes that the current coronavirus pandemic has made more people start to address their mental health issues.

Matt said: "I think that some people probably had mental health problems but were coping due to being in work but with uncertainty around the future and unsure of job security it has had a big impact.

"The benefits of work apart from money, are structure and a sense of self-worth and self esteem. If you make these unstable it can definitely have an impact as well as not having things to do during the winter months.

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"In 2020 the uptake in services at Pentreath had been slow but since we went into the current lockdown there has been a marked increase in referrals with people struggling with their mental health and we are now seeing more people struggling with finances.

"We are helping with a wide range of issues, mainly housing/rent arrears and navigating the benefits system as well as struggling to pay for heating."

Matt also claims that the recognition they have received from both local authorities and the people they are helping is what keeps them going.

"We are well supported by Public Health Cornwall and other organisations in the sector. I feel the best feedback is from our clients and if they are getting a good service and helping them make positive change that is what my team thrives off."

The scheme is currently a 12-month pilot project and hopes that by continuing to help those that are in need, the scheme can continue once this period is up.

If you or someone you know is having trouble or experiencing issues with their mental health, Matt urges: "Reach out to organisations such as Pentreath or Citizens Advice Cornwall and ask for help.

"There are many organizations in Cornwall supporting people such as Foodbank’s and other charities who have a wide range of skills and project geared up to help.

"Also to contact your GP surgery as they can be the gateway to services in your local area."

MHEND is available across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and people can refer themselves by calling Pentreath on 01726 862727 or go to