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Anti-Stigma and Discrimination

Despite supportive policy within Scotland, the experience of people with mental health issues in our communities remains poor. Mental health-related stigma and discrimination occurs not only within health and social care, but also within financial inclusion, employability, and education. This is in the context of the social determinants of health and equality issues predominantly amongst those with protected characteristics.

According to research by See Me, more than two-thirds (71%) of people with mental health problems in Scotland experience stigma and discrimination. In addition, 1 in 3 young people in every classroom will experience a mental health problem, and 3 in 4 say that they fear the reaction of their friends.

The impact of stigma and discrimination can be wide-ranging, including making someone’s mental health problems worse and stopping them from getting support. To find out more about stigma and discrimination, you can access our Healthy Minds awareness-raising resource.

Anti-stigma Fund

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Healthy Minds Network have a membership that includes a wide range of partners across Statutory and Third sectors, and is supported by the Mental Health Improvement Team. The Network would like to invite creative bids from organisations to help address some of the issues that surround mental health stigma and discrimination. This year, we particularly welcome bids that look at reducing the stigma and discrimination among ethnic minority communities, or general mental health stigma and discrimination.

The types of approaches that we have received in the past include training, research, awareness-raising work, resource development, and face-to-face activities. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and we welcome other approaches that are not included. We particularly encourage bids that demonstrate innovative thinking. To find out more about projects that have received funding in the past, you can read our Glasgow City-based case study.

We welcome bids from statutory or voluntary sector organisations working across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Funding of up to £5,000 can be applied for.

Organisations must submit an application by the closing date of Friday 9th September, 2022. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission by Friday 23rd September 2022. Decisions of the scoring panel will be final and correspondence will not be entered into in relation to unsuccessful bids.

Q&A Information Session

We will be holding an online Q&A before the submission is due. The Q&A will be facilitated by the Mental Health Improvement Team at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and will run from 1.00 – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st September, 2022. It will be available to anyone who is interested in submitting an application. During the Q&A, we will provide an overview of what we are looking for, and provide a space to answer any questions ahead of the full submission. To join the session, please email the Mental Health Improvement team on


To apply to the anti-stigma small bids invite, please download and complete the application form below by no later than noon on Friday the 9th September, 2022. It should be completed and returned to the Mental Health Improvement team by email at 

Anti-Stigma Small Bid Application Form

Please email the team at with any questions on the Fund.