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TAKE ACTION. CHANGE LIVES.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

See Me relaunch

The See Me programme was re-launched at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow yesterday, urging people to take action against mental health stigma and discrimination in all walks of life including at work, education and healthcare. Lanarkshire Recovery Network proudly supports the See Me vision and Lanarkshire was well represented at the launch which included performances from SoundSational, Theatre Nemo and the Lanarkshire African Association for Mental Health. 

Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: "We are launching a campaign which signals the end of a culture in Scotland that actively discriminates against people with mental health problems, stigmatising them and their families".

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"The See Me Movement for Change is for all of us who are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination.  It's led by those with lived experience of discrimination and those who care about injustice and equal rights in society.  The movement brings together people from all over Scotland and beyond.  Together we will change discrimination at its roots.  Out united and powerful voice will change negative behaviour towards those with mental health problems.  We simply want understanding and equality so that people who experience poor mental health have the same opportunities as others to lead a fulfilled life."

Visit www.seemescotland.org and find out how you can take action against mental health discrimination.

 

Community Links 'see me' Pledge Signing

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Community Links Pledge Signing

Community Links, based in Blantyre, recently signed the 'see me' pledge.  Chairman, Anna Shanks, signed up to the pledge and committed the community group to an action plan which will promote 'see me' to their employees and service users, as well as the wider community, to help battle the stigma associated with mental ill-health. 

Paul Hayward, Social Marketing Officer for Community Links, said: "Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing is something that is of high importance to Community Links.  We recognise signing the pledge as an important step in showing our dedication and commitment to tackling stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.  We are delighted to show our support by signing the pledge and hope this encourages other local organisations to do the same."

Lisa Cohen, 'see me' National Programme Manager, who co-signed the pledge, said: "We believe that everyone in Scotland should be able to live their lives without experiencing stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health.  We need to identify what the real issues are for people, and come up with solutions that make a real difference in tackling discrimination.  Our new way of working means that people who experience mental health problems will be front and foremost in the planning, design and delivery of the programme."

Kevin O'Neill, the Public Mental Health and Well-being Development Manager, NHS Lanarkshire and the chair of the Lanarkshire Recovery Network said: "I'm delighted to welcome Community Links to join the other 410 'see me' pledge signatories in Lanarkshire.  Community Links have demonstrated a strong commitment to mental health for many years.  I hope their commitment will inspire others to take action against stigma and discrimination".

 

'see me' Launches two new Funding Programmes

Monday, June 09, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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'see me' Launches two new Funding Programmes

See me is launching two new funding programmes and is inviting applications for funding from organisations from all over Scotland.

The 'see me' Local Fund and the 'see me' Community Innovation Fund provide two new opportunities for those who are committed to challenging mental health stigma and discrimination in their local area. 'see me' is committed to supporting the full engagement and leadership of people with lived experience of mental health problems and both funds reflect that priority.

The 'see me' Local Fund is an opportunity for community and voluntary sector groups and organisations to fund specific short term project ideas and initiatives, up to a total project value of £4,000. The Local Fund will be focused on changing behaviour in relation to mental health stigma and discrimination and will support activities by local groups and organisations across Scotland who have innovative and effective ideas to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination in their community. The deadline for applications to the Local Fund is 1st August 2014. More information about the Local Fund is available here.

A total of £40,000 is available in this fund this year.

The 'see me' Community Innovation Fund will support longer-term pieces of work up to a total project value of £20,000. The Community Innovation Fund has a two stage application process to support groups and organisations develop local change networks, take part in innovation labs and develop innovative ideas and activities that will change behaviour on mental health stigma and discrimination. The deadline for stage one applications in 30th June 2014 and for stage two applications 30th August 2014. More information about the Community Innovation Fund is available here.

A total of £120,000 is available in this fund this year.

Please circulate this information throughout your networks as appropriate. We are greatly looking forward to hearing from you,

The 'see me' Team

 

'see me' Advisory Group - Volunteer Members

Friday, May 16, 2014 By: Fiona | Tagged: , |

'see me', Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, is seeking  6 volunteer members for the programme's new Advisory Group and is specifically looking for people with lived experience of mental health problems or experience of caring for someone with mental health problems.

Group members will contribute their expertise to the overall direction of the programme as well as providing links to key audiences.  They will play the role of a critical friend, and provide feedback to the programme lead partners, management and funders on the direction and performance of the programme. 

The Advisory Group will meet a minimum of four times yearly and will include the Programme Management team (The Programme Director and senior representatives from the delivery partners MHF and SAMH).  The Advisory Group will not have a formal governance role - that remit sits with the management team, but will provide essential checks and balances for the decision-making and the direction of the programme. 

These are not paid positions but all reasonable expenses, incurred in the work of the Advisory Group, will be reimbursed by 'see me'.

Role:
In signing up to join the group members will be undertaking to:
• Provide expert advice to guide the programme delivery including priorities and themes
• Support the development of an annual dissemination and communications strategy
• Disseminate learning from the programme and key anti-stigma and discrimination      
Messaes within their own spheres of influence.
• Serve as high profile champions for the cause
• Provide candid feedback to funding stakeholders on programme delivery and provide expert advice to funding bodies as required
• Support the programme team to create a culture of learning and innovation across the programme
• Promote the Equalities and Human Rights framework
• Our group members will be invited to join the Advisory group for the three years of the current programme after which time the group membership will be reviewed depending on the next phase of the work.

Downloads:
Person Specification
Terms of Reference
Volunteer Application Form

Salary: £0.00 -£0.00
Type: Volunteer

Application notes:
Please email completed applications to lydia.morrow@seemescotland.org or post to:
Lydia Morrow
'see me' c/o SAMH
Brunswick House
51 Wilson Street
Glasgow
G1 1UZ

 

Local band, Falconhoof, show support for the ‘see me’ programme

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

Falconhoof

At last October's 'see me' pledge signing in Cumbernauld, local alternative rock band from Abronhill High School, Cumbernauld, closed the event performing their debut of their song 'see me'.

Band member, Scott Parker said, "We thought it was essential for us as a band to show that we were fully supporting the campaign. Therefore, the name for the song 'see me' allowed the song and the campaign to be easily interlinked and demonstrated just how enthusiastic we were to support the campaign as a group. We felt that the lyrics had to first-of-all, alert the public to some of the difficulties that those with mental health problems can experience but also be uplifting reminding us all that despite these difficulties, it is still possible to live a fantastic and prosperous life. We hope that these lyrics will inspire a number of people to unite and work for one another."

 

'see me' lyrics

Don't turn your back on me don't go away

Support me when I'm down and out and feeling on my own

Rejected, feeling like I'm different from my peers

But with your help, you can show me that there's nothing I should fear
 

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me


You may think, things will stay the same never improve

But even with these problems, you can live your life we know you'll make it through

Hold on, we'll lend a helping hand when you're in need

Because together, we're all the same and no one will be left out
 

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me

 

Hold on we'll lend a hand

Together as one we'll make a final stand

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me

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Join the Movement for Change

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Christmas

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 By: Fiona | Tagged: , |

Mental Health and Wellbeing at Christmas

We all recognise that Christmas is a time of great celebration providing people with an opportunity to come together, exchange gifts, share memories and show friends and family how important they are to us. However, if we are being honest, it is almost impossible to get through Christmas without experiencing some level stress. For many it can be a time that brings financial pressure, stress, loneliness and can remind us of sad times in our lives. There are practical steps which we can take all year round to look after your own and others mental health. But the message is all the more important at Christmas. Here is just a few: Don't over indulge, take time for relaxation, fit in some time for exercise such as a gentle walk and if you can try to be around other people.

Christmas

Christmas is known as the 'season of good will' and so perhaps the best gift you can give this Christmas is the gift of time. During the festive season the sense of loneliness can be increased as we can have a very idyllic sense of Christmas.  Many people such as family members, friends or neighbours can feel isolated and unsupported. Each of us has the ability to change that by being there for, and thinking of others, no matter how small.

Please see link for further practical tips from the Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/help-information/mental-health-a-z/C/christmas-mental-health/

But Remember there are supportive services available to all of us should we wish to talk to someone. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone speak to your GP, but remember that GP surgeries will be closed the Monday's and Tuesday's following Christmas day and New Year.

If your surgery is closed contact NHS 24 - 08454 24 24 24 (24hrs) www.nhs24.com

These other agencies will also be pleased to help: 

Breathing Space  - 0800 83 85 87 (evenings and weekends)  www.breathingspacescotland.co.uk or

Samaritans - 01698 429411 or 08457 90 90 90 (24hrs) www.samaritans.org

Childline 0800 1111 (free 24hr service)

National Debtline 0808 808 4000   www.nationaldebtline.co.uk/scotland

 

Airdrie Local Businesses Pledge to Stamp Out Stigma

Thursday, October 31, 2013 By: Avril | Tagged: |

Airdrie Pleedge Signing 2013

On 17 October 2013, a host of businesses and community groups in Airdrie became the latest organisations to publicly pledge their commitment to join 'see me' in tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill-health.

Airdrie and Villages Community Forum signed the pledge, generated community support and provided funding for the event. Forum members worked hard in the community to encourage local businesses to get on board and take a stand against stigma.  

With stress, depression and anxiety amongst the most common reasons for absence from work, mental wellbeing is an important consideration for employers. 'see me', Scotland's national anti-stigma campaign, believes that forming partnerships is an important way to eliminate stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health, both in the workplace and beyond.

The local businesses pledging to stamp out stigma include:

  • ·         Airdrie Community Health Centre
  • ·         Airdrie and Villages Community Forum
  • ·         Town Centre Activities
  • ·         The Beauty Spot
  • ·         Peak Fitness 4 U
  • ·         Remploy
  • ·         John Bennett
  • ·         Wotherspoons
  • ·         The Ink Station
  • ·         Fruit & Veg
  • ·         St Philip's School
  • ·         Voice of Experience Forum
  • ·         Starting Point
  • ·         St Andrew's Hospice
  • ·         SoundSational Community Music Limited

John Riley, Chairperson of Airdrie and Villages Community Forum, formally signed the 'see me' pledge alongside 'see me' spokesperson, Joan Bree on the day. To accompany the pledge signing, Airdrie and Villages Community forum agreed an action plan to support staff, customers and the local community by promoting resource material in hope of reducing stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health.

For those living with mental ill-health, the attitudes and reactions of family, friends and workmates can have a big impact on how they feel and 'see me' is committed to empowering people to speak openly and confidently about mental ill-health in order to break down the barriers that people still face.

Billy Watson, spokesperson of 'see me', said: "We welcome the commitment of Airdrie's local businesses to help make a mentally healthy workplace for staff. We hope this commitment will encourage more local organisations to join us in signing the 'see me' pledge and tackling discrimination head on. Everyone has a part to play in ridding our country of stigma and the backing of organisations such as these can help make this happen."

John Riley, Chairperson of Airdrie and Villages Community Forum, said: "The Forum recognises the importance of reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems and we hope that our involvement with the 'see me' campaign will assist in achieving these aims."

Former Britain's Got Talent finalist, Edward Reid, hosted the event and supported by performing on the day. Reid said: "It is important to raise awareness and shine a light on the stigma surrounding mental ill-health. It can affect anyone of any background and we all need be aware as a community, family, friend or colleague how to support individuals through a time in their life when they are vulnerable, needing understanding and love. I am delighted to be hosting the event."

 

Cumbernauld Pledges to Stamp Out Stigma

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 By: Avril | Tagged: |

Cumbernauld local community groups and employers have become the latest organisations to publicly pledge commitment to join 'see me' in tackling the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill-health; organisations include:

  • ·         North Area Crime Prevention Panel
  • ·         Hope Community Gardening Project
  • ·         Cumbernauld Sanctuary Housing
  • ·         Now you're Talking
  • ·         CACE Older People Active Lives
  • ·         1st Chryston Boys Brigade
  • ·         Cumbernauld Women's Watershed
  • ·         Abronhill High

With stress, depression and anxiety amongst the most common reasons for absence from work, mental wellbeing is an important consideration for employers. 'see me', Scotland's national anti-stigma campaign, believes that forming partnerships is an important way to eliminate stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health, both in the workplace and beyond.

Ann Jones of CACE Older People Active Lives said, "CACE is delighted to be involved with 'see me' through the pledge signing.  As a community organisation we support many older people who are socially isolated, which can lead to low moods, depression and low self-esteem. If mental ill-health should arise in later life, people still need access to appropriate services to help reduce problems, address disadvantages, and enhance physical health, social networks and meaningful activity."

Campbell Kinloch of Sanctuary Cumbernauld said, "We understand that we have a responsibility to ensure staff feel supported in the workplace and are given the skills and training to support colleagues who may be experiencing mental health problems. We hope our work with 'see me' will help drive change in our organisation and encourage other businesses to sign the pledge."

For those living with mental ill-health, the attitudes and reactions of family, friends and workmates can have a big impact on how they feel and 'see me' is committed to empowering people to speak openly and confidently about mental ill-health in order to break down the barriers that people still face.

Kevin O'Neill, Public Mental Health & Well-being Development Manager, said "I would like to congratulate the Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Northern Corridor  Community Forums and the local services, business and organisations of Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and the Northern Corridor for their continued commitment to end the stigma of mental ill-health and raise awareness about mental health in their local community. Stigma and discrimination damages people's lives, stops people seeking help and hinders recovery. I hope the example of the new pledge signatories inspires all of us to take action to end stigma and look after our mental health and well-being."

Billy Watson, 'see me' spokesperson, said: "We welcome the commitment of Cumbernauld organisations to make a mentally healthy workplace for its staff. We hope the commitment will encourage more local organisations to join us in signing the 'see me' pledge and tackling discrimination head on. Everyone has a part to play in ridding our country of stigma and the backing of organisations such as those in Cumbernauld can help make this happen."

The ceremony concluded with a performance from a local school band, Falconhoof. In partnership with NHS Lanarkshire's Health Improvement Team, the band wrote and performed their debut performance of their song named 'see me.' Falconhoof are a five piece alternative rock band from Abronhill High, Cumbernauld. Originally assembled to compete at North Lanarkshire Council's Battle of the Bands competition, they have continued to create exciting, new music.

Falconhoof band member, Scott Parker said, "We thought it was essential for us as a band to show that we fully support the campaign. We feel that the lyrics alert the public to some of the difficulties that face those with living with mental ill-health and remind us that despite these challenges, it's still possible to live a normal life. We hope that these lyrics will inspire people to unite and work together to tackle the stigma." 


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‘see me’ sign up! - pledge signing Airdrie

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 By: Avril | Tagged: |

Airdrie - 'see me' sign up pledge 2013


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