Fighting the stigma of mental health


A mental-health charity is appealing for adults with experience of mental-health problems to get in touch.

Scarborough Survivors want to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness by encouraging people to have more conversations on the subject.

To help make this happen, grants worth between £100 and £500 are available to North Yorkshire residents who are willing to become mental-health champions.

They will receive training and support before going on to run an event or activity in their local community where people talk about their mental health.

Project coordinator Christine Mackay said: “Mental illness affects one in four people - any one of us can be affected at any time. By talking more about our experiences, we will be less isolated and feel better supported to manage our mental wellbeing”.

The project is funded by North Yorkshire County Council’s public health team and run in line with a national initiative, Time to Change.

There are three funding submission deadlines: 31 January, 30 April and 31 August.

For further information and an application pack, ring 500222 or email

Survivors are based at 9 Alma Square.