Being a strong and well informed voice on behalf of those of us who have experienced poor mental health helps to influence change.
SAMH and VSA Open Up campaign
SAMH and VSA have teamed up to run the Open Up campaign encouraging everyone in the north-east to talk, listen and connect. SAMH research from 2016 shows that 98% of people in North East Scotland think mental health is as or more important than physical health; yet almost a fifth (18%) never take time to look after it.
Local issues such as the downturn in the oil and gas industry have led to a 50% rise in unemployment in the area. This has led to more people needing help for poor mental health which when combined with a cultural struggle with stigma means that encouraging conversation has never been so important. Talking is one of the first steps to better mental health.
To create a mentally healthy workplace, one of the things you need to do is focus on staff well-being.
SAMH run workplace sessions and campaigns centred around the workplace.
Our campaign partner VSA can offer support locally, visit their website - www.vsa.org.uk.
If you’re worried about a young person and want to more information on this, respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, has lots of great information and tools.
You can share your experience and encourage others to talk by joining in the conversation online using #OpenUpAberdeen
Ask Once, Get Help Fast
In SAMH's 2016 Manifesto, we called for a 10-year vision which ensures the new model of "Ask Once, Get Help Fast" is included in the next Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy – one which prioritises prevention and early intervention.
On 4 May Scotland will elect local councillors. SAMH is calling on our councils to do five things to create an Ask Once Get Help Fast approach across our local authorities. Find out more.
Know Where to Go
Every year 1 in 4 of us in Scotland will experience a mental health problem. But SAMH research conducted in 2012 found 800,000 adults across Scotland don’t know where to go to get help for their mental health. Our film featuring many well-known faces including the brilliant Hardeep Singh Kohli brings the issue to life.
Give Mental Health a Sporting Chance: Active Living Becomes Achievable (ALBA) and People Active for Change and Equality (PACE)
In 2015 we launched the next phase of our work on active living. At SAMH we believe in the power that regular exercise can have on mental health recovery and management. So we launched two new programmes of work. ALBA is a physical activity-focused, behaviour change intervention project, and PACE is a new three year project aimed at increasing the representation and participation of people with mental health problems in sport and physical activity.
Two Too Many
Our Two Too Many campaign, launched in 2012/13, focused on the sensitive issue of suicide and its devastating impact on everyone affected. And the fact, at that time in Scotland, two people would die by suicide each day. Watch the campaign films.
SAMH, along with Mental Health Foundation, is a lead partner in See Me, Scotland’s ambitious programme to end stigma and discrimination for people with mental health problems.
Along with partner LGBT Youth Scotland we have been managing partners for Scotland’s anti-bullying service respectme. When dealing with bullying behaviour, there is never one, single answer or piece of advice that will work for every individual, or in every situation.
While some options will make bullying stop, others might just help young people to feel better about things. This video encourages young people to think about the options they’re most comfortable with, until they find something that works for them and helps them to feel in control again.