Three North Lanarkshire community forums have become the latest
organisations in Scotland to sign the 'see me' pledge and commit to
working with 'see me', Scotland's national campaign to tackle the
stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.
The 'see me' anti-stigma pledge was signed on behalf of:
- Motherwell Community Forum
- Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum
- Bellshill and District Community Forum
The 'see me' campaign aims to form partnerships with companies
and organisations acrossScotlandto take positive mental health
messages into local communities. 'see me' is committed to
empowering people to speak openly and confidently about mental
ill-health to break down the associated barriers.
A representative from each community forum formally signed the
pledge with Suzie Vestri, Campaign Director of 'see me', and agreed
action plans to tackle stigma and discrimination in their
Suzie Vestri, Campaign Director of 'see me', said: "Everyone has
a part to play in tackling the stigma and discrimination
surrounding mental ill-health and we welcome the commitment made by
organisations across North Lanarkshire to provide a mentally
healthy environment in their communities.
"It's important to remember that one in four Scots will be
affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives. It
could happen to a friend, family member, or colleague. The vast
majority of those who have experienced stigma say that the
discrimination they experienced was worse than living with the
As part of the action plan, the organisations committed to
promote positive mental health messages to the community and
encourage local businesses and organisations to show their support
for the 'see me' campaign.
Felix Mulholland, Chair of the Motherwell Community Forum, said:
"Motherwell Community Forum is delighted to sign the 'see me'
pledge and committed to removing the stigma associated with mental
ill-health which sadly still exists in our society today. We are
promoting the positive message 'see the person not the
David Summers, Chair of the Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat
Community Forum, said: "The Forum would like to take this
opportunity to confirm our ethos: we are open to all and everyone
is treated equally in the projects we are involved with. That's why
we are proud to sign the 'see me' pledge as confirmation of our
Duncan Mcleod, Chair of the Bellshill and District Community
Forum, said: "Challenging the stigma of mental health is something
the Bellshill and District Community Forum feel strongly about. It
is through campaigns like 'see me' that we begin to create a
socially inclusive, healthier community".
The pledge signing at Motherwell Concert Hall, Civic Centre, was
accompanied by an evening of entertainment from Karen Baird School
of Dance, local band The Modests and a contemporary performance
fromScotland's Indian dance company, Dance Ihayami. This forms part
of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival which takes
place acrossScotlandthroughout October. The event was supported by
NHS Lanarkshire's North East Health Improvement team.
For more information on signing the 'see me' pledge visit: www.seemescotland.org
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