SAMH campaigns

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

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Ask them about suicide

Our powerful campaign, Ask Them About Suicide, calls on people across Scotland to have direct, open conversations with someone they think may be experiencing thoughts of suicide.

The Ask Them About Suicide campaign was shaped by people who have been affected by suicide, who tell us that this is the most important question you can ask. 

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Standing Up for Scotland's Mental Health 

On the lead up to the 2021 Scottish Parliament election SAMH launched a new campaign, Standing Up for Scotland's Mental Health, because we believe that Scotland's mental health deserves better. Watch the video below to find out more. 

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Standing up For Scotland’s Mental Health

Our Scottish Parliament election 2021 manifesto calls on the next Scottish Government to make real change for people with mental health problems.

Workplace Wellbeing

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.

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Going To Be

Our Going To Be campaign launched in 2017, to address the urgent need for better support for Scotland's children and young people. 

Three children in every classroom will have experienced a mental health problem by the age of 16. And thousands will struggle to get the help they need. We can't always stop a young person from experiencing a mental health problem, but we can give them every chance to get the help they when they need it. 

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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.

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Read SAMH’s full national Manifesto

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. 

Know Where To Go

​Read SAMH’s Know Where To Go guide.

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.

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Two Too Many and United to Prevent Suicide

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. You can watch one of the original campaign films below.

Since the launch of Two Too Many SAMH has continued to keep suicide prevention at the heart of everything that we do. SAMH is proud to support United to Prevent Suicide, a unifying identity for suicide prevention in Scotland, launched in 2020. United to Prevent Suicide marks a new approach to preventing suicide as set out in Scotland’s National Suicide Prevention Action Plan.

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See Me

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.

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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.

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