Expeerience Counts Magazine Autumn 2015

Friday, October 02, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Expeerience Counts Autumn Magazine 2015

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Spectrum Art Group Presents: Enlightenment

Friday, October 02, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Spectrum Arts Group


Launch of the ninth Lanarkshire Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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The launch of the ninth Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival in Lanarkshire  took place on Wednesday 23rd September at The Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park.

More than 180 people attended the event that showcased some of the fabulous  musical and creative talent taking part in this year's Festival running from 10th- 31st October, across Lanarkshire.

'Striking Off the Chains' is a six-piece rock band led by peer support worker Mark Docherty (52) who works alongside his fellow bandmates at SAMH's Experience Counts service in North Lanarkshire. They opened the launch performing 3 songs written by the band members.

The audience were also treated to performances by The Happy Thursdays, a newly formed community choir, Stuart Doig a local comedian working with 'Fool On', Martin Stepek showcasing his forthcoming readings, talks and film around Mindfulness and comedian Gillian Grant.

For details of forthcoming events go to

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Lanarkshire festival partners include: NHS Lanarkshire, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Lanarkshire Recovery network, LAMH, Well Informed.


Launch of Walk a Mile in My shoes Lanarkshire 

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Lanarkshire was delighted to launch 'Walk A Mile in my shoes' on Wednesday 23rd September at Strathclyde Park. 

Chris Young the founder of 'Walk A Mile in my shoes' opened the launch giving a  personal account of hiswalk around the UK to tackle mental health stigma, one conversation at a time.

Walk a Mile brings together professionals, carers and people with lived experience, people who may normally stigmatise each other, to walk together, to get to know each other and walk a mile in each other's shoes. Everyone is on a level playing field, it's about breaking down stigma and seeing how fabulous people are.

Following the walk the fabulous 'Soundsational Choir performed for the walkers.

Lanarkshire will be rolling out 'Walk A Mile in my Shoes' to other areas including workplaces, hospitals and other community settings. 



(LGBT): Mental Health Lunch Time Briefing Session October – December 2015

Thursday, September 24, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Evidence tells us that Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations are at increased risk of poor mental health outcomes. In recognition of this fact, NHS Lanarkshire has set one of its equality outcomes as: 

Equality Outcome 4:  People from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender (LGBT) communities within Lanarkshire will have an increased awareness of mental health service provision and experience informed and sensitive responses. 

To support this equality outcome a number of briefing sessions will be delivered for Lanarkshire staff to focus on this issue. This follows the positive evaluation of the initial briefing sessions.  The briefings are open to colleagues working in NHS Lanarkshire, North and South Lanarkshire Councils, and Voluntary Sector Services.  The dates have been set as below (you only need to attend one): 




Wed. 21st October

12 noon - 1:30pm

Isa Money Centre, Muirhouse Road, Motherwell ML1 2LT

Wed. 18th November

12 noon - 1:30pm

Lesser Hall, Cambuslang Institute, Greenlees Rd, Cambuslang, G72 8DT

Thur. 17th December

12 noon - 1:30pm

Bellshill Cultural Centre, John Street, Bellshill, ML4 1RJ 

A light lunch will be provided from 12 noon - 12:30pm.  The briefing will start at 12:30pm prompt and will finish at 1:30pm.

To book a place please call Fiona Ingram on 01698 366930 or email fiona.ingram@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk stating which session you would like to attend.

For further information about the briefings please contact Colin Anderson - Senior Health Promotion Officer - Blood Borne Viruses and Sexual Health Promotion Team on 01698 377623, or email colin.anderson@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

We look forward to welcoming you.

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SoundSational Community Music

Monday, September 21, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

SoundSational Community Music


Walk a Mile - Wednesday 23rd September

Monday, September 21, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Walk a Mile - Wednesday 23rd September

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2K and 4K Suicide Prevention Day Walk at Strathclyde Park

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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NHS Lanarkshire staff from Cumbernauld have gone the extra mile to help prevent suicide.

Members of the health improvement and community mental health teams in Cumbernauld were joined by family and pets as they stepped out for the national 4K and 2K Suicide Prevention Day Walk at Strathclyde Park.

Sharon Gusman, Health Improvement Practitioner, NHS Lanarkshire, who is based at Condorrat Health Centre in Cumbernauld, said: "Mental health does not mean a mental health problem.

"Mental health is a part of our lives like our physical health with people experiencing good and bad periods. When people experience a mental health problem it is only one part of a person and not all of what they are.

"People are defined by more than their mental health problem."

In the last three years the North Locality, which includes Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and the Northern Corridor, has been working closely with its three local community forums to establish and maintain a mentally healthy community.

A number of local community groups and business have signed up to the national 'see me' pledge and developed action plans contributing to ending stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.  

Sharon said: "Last year Cumbernauld band Falconhoof, from Abronhill High School, wrote a fantastic song for us called 'see me' to raise the profile of this important work. Highlighting that many people can, and most do, recover from a mental health problem.

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Free Mindfulness Classes Lanarkshire

Monday, September 14, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

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Chooselife Football Tournament

Friday, September 11, 2015 By: Fiona | Not tagged |

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Scotland's football community has been galvanised into action in support of a special event designed to tackle Scotland's high instance of suicide and to highlight help available to those who need it.

The number of people who die by suicide has fallen over the last decade, but men in their 30-50s remain most vulnerable.  More people die by suicide in Scotland than by road traffic accidents.

Representatives from leading clubs; Celtic, Queen of the South, Motherwell, Dundee United, Albion Rovers and Airdrie gathered at Ravenscraig today to lend their support to a special charity five-a-side football tournament in aid of National Suicide Prevention Week.

View tournament pictures on our flickr site.

Mark McNally, James Fowler, Scott Leitch, John Rankin, Darren Young and Bryan Prunty joined more than 150 amateur players to kick off an event organised by the council in partnership with The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), NHS Lanarkshire and NL Leisure.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of Housing and Social Work Services with North Lanarkshire Council, said: "Football is a great way to bring people together and make them feel part of a team. Sport makes a positive difference to people's mental wellbeing, reduces isolation and promotes a feeling of belonging.

"ChooseLife's campaign encourages people to talk about suicide and this will help to save lives by reaching out to those thinking about suicide and giving them the help when they need it most."

Despite the devastating impact of suicide and other mental health problems on families; the subject is often taboo.  The event hopes to change that by getting people talking about the issues and encouraging them to be aware of potential warning signs and how to get help.

Chief Executive, SAMH, Billy Watson, said: "SAMH remains concerned that at least two people die by suicide every day in Scotland.  Men make up the majority of those taking their own lives, particularly men in their 30s-50s.

"Progress is being made though, with the latest figures out in August indicating a continued fall in the suicide rates in Scotland.

"This football event can raise awareness amongst men in Scotland that suicide can affect anyone.  It's important for people to check in and ask any male friend, family member or colleague how they are.  If you think someone might feel suicidal, ask them directly.  That's the first step to getting help."

Fittingly, a team from Holytown, Paul Fagan FC won the competition. Tragically, Paul died from suicide in 2008, and his son's Liam, Daniel and Sean put together a team in his memory.Wining Team

 In Scotland, 696 people died by suicide in 2014.

For help and support, speak to your GP or if out of hours, call NHS 24 on 111.

There is also help and support available at:
• Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87 (6pm - 2am daily and 24 hours weekends) - Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone-line service for any individual, who is experiencing low mood or depression.
• Childline 0800 1111 - ChildLine is the free 24 hour helpline for children and young people in the UK.
• Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 or Email jo@samaritans.org - Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
• Choose Life www.chooselife.net


Walk a Mile in someone else's shoes

Thursday, September 10, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Walk a Mile

Wednesday 23rd September

3.30pm at The Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Country  Park, Hamilton Road, Motherwell ML1 3RT

An invitation for you to share


How many times have you thought....

'I wish you could walk a mile in my shoes'


Well now here's your chance to be part of Scotland's biggest ever anti-stigma conversation. Join us and'Walk a Mile in someone else's shoes'to challenge mental health stigma. 

Our aim is to bring together professionals, carers and people with lived experience for a friendly conversation as they stroll round Strathclyde Park. 

People will get the chance to see each other as they really are and not as the labels they may have. 

Inspired by Chris Young's walk around the edge of the UK,Walk a Mile is a series of events organised to highlight the experiences of people with mental health problems.  

'There will be no uniforms, no barriers, everyone is on a level playing field; it's about breaking down stigma and rediscovering how fabulous people are'.

Chris Young



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