Sinn Féin MLA Pádraig Delargy has welcomed an £8.7 million boost for mental health services, charities projects across the north.
As part of this funding boost, local organisation the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum will receive almost £500,000.
The Foyle MLA said:
“I welcome this £8.7 million of extra funding to support mental health charities, organisations and projects across the north.
“The support provided to community groups and organisations through the mental health support fund has the potential to make a real difference to lives and communities, including to people living in Derry.
“The negative impact of the pandemic continues to be felt by so many people and it’s absolutely vital that people are able to access support when they need it.
“This extra funding is a welcome boost to many communities to provide much-needed counselling, peer support and trauma support services.
“Long-term investment is needed in supporting sustainable community services and statutory services, especially in expanding access to vital services.”