'see me' Scotland

Dear See Me Supporter

Are you someone who understands the impact mental health stigma and discrimination can have on people's lives?  Would you like to join See Me and help lead a programme of change across Scotland?

See Me, Scotland's programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, is building a movement for change in Scotland and is seeking people in communities who want to make a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems.  See Me knows that stigma and discrimination can have an impact on people's ability to lead a fulfilled life. To challenge this we have developed a volunteer programme of Community Champions who we will support to lead change in their local area. 

We are currently recruiting Community Champions in the South West area of Scotland, which includes Ayrshire & Arran, Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire and Dumfries & Galloway.  We will be recruiting champions across other areas of Scotland soon. For this round of Community Champions you must reside in one of the areas above. 

Applications forms are welcomed from those who have a personal experience of mental health problems.  Please see the volunteer role description for more details of what is involved in becoming a Community Champion. You must be able to attend a selection session on 3rd October and commit to four days training run over the six months between October 2014 and March 2015.

If you are inspired to join the See Me Movement for Change as a Community Champion we invite you to submit your details on our volunteer application form available at www.seemescotland.org 

Completed volunteer application forms should be sent to info@seemescotland.org or Rebekah Moore, Mental Health Foundation, 5th Floor, 30 Merchants House, George Square, Glasgow G2 1EG.  If you would like to speak to Rebekah for more information please email rebekah.moore@seemescotland.org or telephone 0141 226 9852.

 

Local band, Falconhoof, show support for the 'see me' programme

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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Mental Health and Wellbeing at Christmas

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 

AIRDRIE LOCAL BUSINESSES PLEDGE TO STAMP OUT STIGMA

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

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' National Pledge Event 22nd August 2013

see me pledge event 10 years on

'For me it is about social responsibility - if you can do the right thing, you should.' Leeanne Dempster, Chief Executive, Motherwell Football Club.

Over 80 'see me' pledge signatories gathered at Motherwell Civic Centre to celebrate 10 years of committing to tackle stigma and discrimination in their workplaces and organisations.  Johannes Parkkonen, 'see me' Campaign Development Manager talked about 'see me's commitment to tackling stigma and discrimination in the workplace and the 'see me' pledge as one of the main vehicles to achieving this aim.  With over 300 pledge signatories in Lanarkshire, Kevin O'Neill presented the model used by Lanarkshire in integrating the pledge into all aspects of their work in tackling stigma and promoting mental health and well-being across Lanarkshire.   Leeanne Dempster, Chief Executive of Motherwell Football Club gave an inspiring speech on the commitment  Motherwell FC has made in promoting mental health and well-being and tackling stigma and discrimination throughout the club, to its players, fans and within the wider community. 

The day was also an opportunity for pledge signatories to showcase what they have achieved in tackling stigma and how they have interpreted with their action plan with presentations from Kate Walker Franchisee at McDonald's and Norman Brown from G4S.

Following a networking lunch The Cynthia Show, an interactive theatre performance raised lively debate on issues  and negative experiences that can arise in the workplace and how, by implementing some changes and having an awareness, can be dealt with positively and effectively.   

 

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'see me' Volunteer Speakers

At 'see me' we know that a strong first-person voice is essential to our campaign. The experience of stigma and discrimination due to mental health problems is often worse than the illness itself and it is vital that people understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination.

We offer people with lived-experience of mental ill-health the chance to share their stories in a positive and supported way; it's only through people sharing their stories that we're able to do all the great work that we do. Our volunteer speakers have incredibly interesting and powerful stories to share, and you'll love hearing them!

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