Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

Year 1 Awardee

Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction Initiative (MASRI)

Type of initiative funded: Group Activity


Key priority area: Suicide prevention


Funding awarded: £10000


Project description:

Suicide is the leading cause of death for many young people worldwide. There are certain disorders, like bipolar, that have increased rates of suicide. Substance abuse is also a major factor. There are currently rising numbers of substance abuse/drug deaths in Scotland - which rose to 1,264 in 2019, according to the Scottish government. We would like you to fund our monthly mental health awareness and stigma reduction workshops/seminars. This funding will help the charity carry out this important work of educating and reaching out to young people in Aberdeen. This project aims to support all young people, especially but not exclusive emphasis on people from black and minority ethnic and under-privileged backgrounds; and is expected to run for 10 months. We plan to use social media to advertise. Knowledge and access to information are key to managing mental illness properly to prevent suicide.