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Mentally Fit York

Transforming the future of mental health for everyone

What is Mentally Fit York?

Mentally Fit York is the University's new fund to transform mental health on a local, national and international scale, through supporting on the ground initiatives and the latest groundbreaking research. Your support will improve mental health and wellbeing in many forms, reaching out from the University to the city's communities and beyond. 

A disbursement group has been set up to advise on future allocations, and an open process is being developed for projects to apply for future funding. The group is made up of staff and students of the University of York with a professional or personal interest in mental health research and practice. 

How is Mentally Fit York making a difference?

Thanks to the thousands of incredibly generous donors who’ve already shown their support for this cause, funding is now in place to support the following initiatives and projects in 2020:


pledged to provide every student with 24/7 online access to 'The Big White Wall'.


pledged to support Mental Health Nursing Scholarships


pledged to support The Student Psychological Wellbeing cohort study.


pledged to support a city of York suicide prevention project

It is a great scheme to raise awareness of as many people as possible of issues surrounding good mental health. The funds raised will support some excellent work to train people in mental health awareness, as well as supporting scholarships for students going into mental health nursing.

Councillor Carol Runciman, York’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health

Fundraising for Mentally Fit York

The Great York Walk 2019

The Great York Walk was the very first event launched by the university in support of the ‘Mentally Fit York’ fund. The incredible 89 walkers who took part in the 25 mile walking event on 12 October 2019 were able to raise a breathtaking £30,059.93 from 1,046 generous donations.

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"We are losing incredibly experienced and valuable individuals who would make excellent nurses, purely because they can’t access financial support. A scholarship for mental health nursing students would make a massive difference to students at York."

Molly Crosland, Nursing (Mental Health)

Get involved and support the Mentally Fit York Fund and get ready to help us create change.

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Get involved

You can make a difference; help us continue our philanthropic tradition by getting involved today: 


Fund scholarships and projects at York

Give time

Volunteer to support students and alumni

Share insights

Provide insights and expertise to our global community

If you’re interested in getting involved and have any further questions, contact the team behind the project at