Angus MacDonald backs ‘see me’s work in tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health
Sunday, 09 December 2012 18:45
At the Scottish Parliament this week Falkirk East MSP Angus MacDonald was pleased to support ‘see me’, Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. Figures suggest 1 in 4 Scots will experience a mental health problem in any year.
‘see me’ is an innovative and exciting programme of national and local initiatives as well as a range of award-winning advertising campaigns aimed at the Scottish public to change our behaviour towards people with mental health problems.
An estimated 20,000 adults in the Falkirk East constituency could experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. Many more will know and support or care for someone close to them.
Scotland needs a national anti-stigma campaign conducted by people with experience of mental ill-health still face harassment, bullying, social isolation and exclusion. People with mental ill-health tell 'see me' that they struggle to get work or stay in work because of the attitudes and discrimination of others. This has to stop.
Key to the ‘see me’ campaign is the commitment from volunteers with experience of stigma, discrimination and recovery, who are willing to speak out and support others. The charity works in partnership with local and national partners and a group of local ‘see me’ champions across Scotland to ensure their campaign is far reaching.
Supporting the charity in Parliament this week Angus MacDonald MSP is raising awareness of mental health issues by pledging his commitment to deliver a real impact on reducing stigma and changing public attitudes associated with mental ill-health in Scotland.
Speaking in Parliament this week Angus MacDonald MSP said: "‘see me’s work in tackling the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health has reached out to people across Scotland and contributed significantly to a positive shift in public attitudes. However there is still work to do and we will continue to take action to break down stigma and allow people to seek the help and support they need. By supporting the work of ‘see me’ I have pledged my commitment to improving the mental health and well-being of people in Falkirk East and Scotland.”
“Things are getting better, but there is still much to do.”
Improving mental well-being is a key priority for the Scottish Government and at a recent ‘see me’ event at the Scottish Parliament almost 70% of MSPs pledged their support for the ‘see me’ campaign.
For more information about the ‘see me’ campaign visit: www.seemescotland.org