Angus MacDonald MSP backs latest ‘see me’ campaign
Saturday, 11 May 2013 20:47
- Angus urges people across Falkirk district to ‘Just Listen’ -
Angus MacDonald MSP (SNP – Falkirk East) has backed ‘see me’s latest campaign urging Scots to get talking about mental ill-health and listen to what is being said.
‘Just listen. You could change a life.’ is the message of the latest campaign from ‘see me’, Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. Talking openly about mental ill-health isn’t always easy but with someone there to listen, it could change a life.
This latest activity comes on the back of recent research which found that a sizeable number of Scots (40%) would find it hard, or are unsure how to discuss or talk about mental illness, despite nearly two thirds (61%) of the population being in touch with someone with experience of mental ill-health.
Supporting the campaign Angus MacDonald MSP said: “I am supporting this latest campaign from ‘see me’ because stigma surrounding mental health ill-health still exists in Scotland and is something we all need to play our part in breaking down.
“I hope the campaign will encourage people across Falkirk district to open up and talk about mental health issues. We need to start talking if we want to stamp out the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health once and for all.”
Suzie Vestri, ‘see me’ campaign director, said: “If you think someone close to you might be experiencing mental ill-health, the first and most important thing to do is to ask how you can help, and listen to what they say to you.
“It’s not easy, and your help might not seem welcome at first, but keep asking how they are and listen attentively when they do open up. Only by talking positively and openly can we end the stigma that surrounds mental ill-health. I would encourage everyone in the Falkirk area to just listen. You really can change a life.”
Activity kicked off with a refreshed TV advert which features two friends talking about how one didn’t give up on the other who was experiencing mental ill-health until he opened up. This will be supported with new radio and print adverts as well as key digital and social media activity to start the Just listen. You could change a life conversation online.
Watch the TV advert here: www.seemescotland.org/justlisten