Grants to help tackle mental health stigma

Grants of up to �4,000 are available to help 'See Me' combat discrimination against mental ill-health.
Grants of up to �4,000 are available to help 'See Me' combat discrimination against mental ill-health.

Angus organisations are being encouraged to challenge mental health discrimination with grant funding from national campaign ‘See Me’.

The campaign, which aims to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health, has grants of up to £4,000 available.

Its funding scheme is designed to encourage community, voluntary, health or social enterprise groups to come up with innovative, exciting and effective ideas, which will help to change people’s attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health problems.

A total of £40,000 will be offered to groups across Scotland and any type of project will be considered as long as it is led by people with experience of mental ill-health or those who provide care or support.

Applicants should come up with fresh ideas and engage the general public in the delivery of the project. Especially welcomed are projects that bring people with and without experience of mental health problems together.

There are two categories for this year’s awards, a General Local Grant’s Award and a Young People’s Award. The Young People’s Award should only be led by young people aged between 13 and 25 while the General Local Grants Award is open to all groups and organisations.

Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ campaign director, said: “We’re giving groups and organisations across Angus the opportunity to engage with their community and join us in tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental health at a local level. In previous years we’ve seen a range of fantastic entries, which have sought to change the public’s understanding, attitudes and behaviour towards mental ill-health and enhance their ability to challenge stigma and discrimination.

We would urge anyone who has experienced mental health problems, or cares for someone who has, to think about what they can do to make a positive and creative contribution to their local community.”

Details are available online at www.seemescotland.org/getinvolved/local-grants-scheme/how-to-apply