New Horizons wins grant

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New Horizons Borders has been awarded £3,920 from the national ‘see me’ Local Grants Scheme.

‘see me’ is Scotland’s campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health, awarded the funding for a project creating a publication to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental ill-health.

The publication will be distributed in libraries, health centres, community centres and via mental health services.

Lisa Archibald, service manager, New Horizons Borders, said: “As a service led by our members, we are in a unique position to gather positive stories and experiences in a setting where people feel relaxed.

“Within New Horizons, there is a real desire to change public perceptions and we want to support this as best we can by giving them a voice.

The ‘see me’ Local Grants Scheme has distributed £40,000 of funding to groups across Scotland to help fight stigma in their local area through this initiative, with up to £4,000 going to each group.

It seeks to encourage organisations to take a lead in changing public attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health problems by engaging with their local community.

People who have experience of mental ill-health have a key role in the delivery of each project.

Lisa added: “We plan to work with other user-led services across Scotland with whom we have existing relationships to include positive stories from their areas too.”