Protecting the human rights of people who are experiencing mental health problems is the priority of a new funding initiative that launched recently.
See Me, the national programme to end mental health discrimination, has £230,000 available to projects which can change the way people behave towards those with mental health problems.
We are creating a movement of people, groups and organisations all over Scotland who care about injustice and equal rights in societyJudith Robertson
The programme is looking for projects in Aberdeenshire which tackle stigma in workplaces, in health and social care, with children and young people, in minority groups and in the general public.
This year’s Community Innovation Fund is the largest amount ever to be made available to fund these types of projects in Scotland.
In previous years See Me has funded projects ranging from changing the way mental health is viewed in the justice system to tackling discrimination towards students at university and passengers on buses, to creating public art and drama exhibitions.
The funding is divided in to two streams. Up to £4,000 is available for six month projects which engage local communities and help stop discriminatory behaviour.
There is also up to £20,000 available to groups for projects which tackle mental health discrimination over the course of a year. These can be based in one geographical area or they can be Scotland wide projects which tackle stigma in areas such as workplaces or in health and social care.
For the first time this year See Me also has £2,000 available to help people to create networks and start the process of developing projects.
Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: “The Community Innovation Fund is vital in bringing so many amazing ideas to life and allows us to support real changes in communities in Aberdeenshire.”
More information and application packs can be found at www.seemescotland.org
Applications must be submitted to See Me by May 31.