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By Fiona Reid
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Art fund aims to tackle discrimination

ARTISTS based in Dumfries and Galloway are being called on help tackle mental health stigma through their work.

The Anti-Stigma Arts Fund – operated by See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination – is now open for the second year, accepting applications from individuals, groups or organisations.

And bids are encouraged from this region.

Research has shown that the arts can offer a powerful platform to share experiences, and show what the reality is for people living with mental health problems.

For 2022, proposals are encouraged from individuals, groups of organisations for arts projects in any medium that aim to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. Grants of between £500 and £5,000 are available.

Project officer Maeve Grindall said: “Our first year of funding showed us the power of the arts and how creativity can tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

“The groups involved were innovative and produced inspiring pieces that opened up the conversation on stigma, especially across a different range of communities and audiences.

“We’re excited to see what projects and ideas might come from our second year of funding, and placing a real emphasis on projects which aim to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in the communities where it is most prevalent.”

The deadline to apply for the 2022 fund is midnight on Sunday November 6.

More information on the application process and the 2021 projects can be found on the See Me website.

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