See these mental health awards…

GRANTS of up to £4,000 are up for grabs for Borders community groups as part of a national campaign to end discrimination against mental ill-health.

The See Me initiative is asking organisations to apply for funding and provide anti-stigma ideas.

A spokesperson for see me said: “We want fresh, innovative and exciting ideas to tackle stigma and discrimination associated with mental health.

“The grant scheme aims to encourage local organisations to take a lead in changing public attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health problems.

“Any type of project can be considered as long as it is led by people with experience of mental ill-health or those providing care and support.”

Last year, New Horizons Borders secured £4,840 to run a series of creative groups across the region using the arts to promote mental well-being.

A second pool of funding, the See Me Equality Award, worth £20,000 has also been launched, to celebrate diversity while tackling the mental health and stigma issues faced by equality groups.

Suzie Vestri, See Me campaign director, said: “See me’s vision is for a Scotland where all people with mental health problems are fully equal and included.

“The See Me local grant scheme and Equality Fund give Scots the chance to tackle stigma at a local level and make a real difference in their community.

“We’re looking for projects that aim to promote positive images of mental health through mediums such as sport and physical health activities or working with a local artist through creative arts, song, music drama, and dance. Of course, these are only examples.

“We’re on the look-out for any initiatives that are new and innovative, celebrating diversity while sparking awareness of the stigma often associated with mental ill-health and proactively working to conquer it.”

Entry forms are available from www.seemescotland.org from Monday.