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