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  • (Deadline 13 October 2017) Funding: Young Men and Mental Health in the UK

    Created: 29/09/2017, Updated: 03/10/2017

    Comic Relief has just launched a £1.75 million fund to support vulnerable and disadvantaged young men with mental health problems - Thriving not just surviving: young men and mental health.

    They are seeking proposals to deliver specialised mental health provision which puts the needs of young men at the heart of their work. They are especially interested in funding organisations that test out different approaches to engagement and support to establish what works. They encourage applicants to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs, interests and priorities are met as well as challenging the barriers they face in accessing mental health provision.

    Comic Relief expect to make approximately 20 grants of around £100,000-£150,000 across the UK.

    Evidence suggests that activity-based interventions have proven successful in engaging with young men, creating a space for them to firstly ask for help and then develop trust. Peer support and group activities have also been shown to be key factors in young men feeling more confident, comfortable and empowered to engage.  They encourage all of their applicants to consider testing out different approaches to see what works.

    They will prioritise applications which:

    • Have consulted and plan to co-design activities with young men to ensure their needs and interests are met effectively.
    • Are working with young men from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or those with co-occurring learning disabilities and mental health problems.
    • Use activity based interventions as a tool of engagement and/or that are psychologically informed. They expect to fund applications using the arts and sports as well as social and cultural activities.
    • Promote and recognise the power of peer support and positive role models and incorporate these into their interventions.
    • Ensure activities are carried out in non-stigmatising locations.

    The timings for the initiative are as follows:

    The deadline for applications is 13 October 2017. 

    Applications will be shortlisted between 19 October - 08 November. Assessments will be made between 12 December - 22 January 2018.

    Full information and details on how to apply can be found by clicking here

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