MindWell Leeds is celebrating after securing new funding from Leeds Better Care Fund to refresh and rebuild the award-winning local mental health website. The funding grant will ensure that the website can continue to offer people and professionals in the city a ‘go to’ place for mental health information with increased accessibility features.

MindWell is commissioned by NHS Leeds CCG and brings together information from across the NHS, Leeds City Council and the third sector as well as offering a wealth of self-help and wellbeing resources. It’s had 185k users since it was launched on World Mental Health Day, 2016.

MindWell is developed and managed through a partnership of MHabitat, a co-design digital inclusion and innovation team hosted by the NHS, who led the funding bid, and Volition, a forum of third sector organisations that support mental wellbeing in Leeds and part of Forum Central.

The development work is expected to be completed by Spring 2021 when users will benefit from a new interactive homepage, improved navigation and enhanced accessibility which will allow screen reader users and people with different health conditions or impairments to better access the site.

The Better Care Fund is a collaboration between NHS England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Department of Health and Social Care and the Local Government Association. It provides financial support to councils and NHS organisations to deliver local services which support joined-up, people-centered integrated care.