A Dundee charity will hold a series of workshops for young people with mental health problems after securing £10,000 in funding.
Eighteen And Under, based in Victoria Road, has been given the cash from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund.
The charity provides confidential information and support to young people who have been abused in any way, with the support reflecting the needs of the young person.
Laurie Matthew, who founded the organisation in 1994, said the money would be used for the “empowering” workshops for service users.
She said: “We will be looking to work with young people and get them involved in projects which can help them positively with their recovery. The hope is that they will increase their skills and we are gearing it towards things like filmmaking, photography – creative projects. But ultimately, we want the young people to decide what it is they want to do.
“The idea is the projects will build confidence over time which can aid in mental health recovery.”
Laurie said the focus of the workshops would match the type of service Eighteen and Under provides, which allows service users to decide what it is they want.
She also said while open to all, there would be a special effort to get young men involved.
She added: “Hopefully the people involved will leave a lasting legacy of something positive they have created.
“Then other users who come to us can see this and see that others have been through what they are going through and come through it to the other side and recovered.
“Mental health still has such negative connotations and is still viewed negatively in terms of people getting help so it is about ending that stigma and this is one way hopefully of doing that.”
Laurie said she and colleagues were aiming to launch the workshops in September.
For more information, including how to access the charity’s full range of services, visit 18u.org.uk.