Posted Monday 23 November 2009
Films, conferences, art shows, roadshows and talent shows - each about mental health and tackling the stigma surrounding it. These 16 projects will be developed and run around England over the next 12 months, thanks to support from Open Up.
Open Up, Mind's grassroots project to tackle discrimination, gives people with experience of mental distress the skills, resources and confidence they need to speak out against prejudice on their own terms. By carefully selecting 16 projects each year and offering financial and practical support and encouragement, we can directly support the growing anti-stigma movement in England.
The Open Up Initiatives Scheme is for people with experience of mental distress who want to set up their own anti-discrimination projects. This summer we received over 90 applications for the scheme. All were of a very high standard, but in the end our panel had to select only 16 projects for the scheme. You can follow their progress throughout the year on the Open Up website.
In addition to the Initiatives scheme, Open Up runs a social networking site where people with experience of mental distress can meet and work together to challenge mental health discrimination. Find out more.