In April 2012 the United Reformed Church National Synod of Scotland signed the See Me pledge to work towards ending stigma around mental health.
As part of this ambition congregations are encouraged to develop links with local mental health services and agencies.
The following are all agencies which provide information and/or support around mental health. The list isn’t in any way exhaustive so if you know of services or agencies in your are then please email and we will add them so that other churches and faith communities in your area can get involved.
The art of conversation: A guide to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide. - a downloadable booklet.
‘see me’ is Scotland’s national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health. We are an alliance of five mental health organisations and fully funded by the Scottish Government. We launched in 2002.
‘see me’ has a new National Plan 2008 – 2011 which will be available in full on the website shortly.
Read a summary of our vision, aims and objectives.
The Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) was formally launched in 2004 as an initiative designed to raise awareness of recovery from mental health problems.
SRN developed out of a loose affiliation of individuals and organisations with a common interest in recovery, and has been designed to share information and ideas as quickly as possible.
SRN has four overall goals:
- Raise awareness of recovery.
- Encourage empowerment.
- Develop the evidence base.
- Influence policy and practice.
Anyone can feel down or depressed from time to time. It helps to get some Breathing Space. You are not alone and talking about how you feel is a positive first step in getting help. So don’t let problems get out of hand, phone Breathing Space (0800 838587) where experienced advisors will listen and provide information and advice.
Samaritans is a confidential emotional support service for anyone in the UK and Ireland.
If you live outside of the UK and ROI, visit www.befrienders.org to find your nearest helpline.
The service is available 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
Volunteers offer support by responding to phone calls, emails and letters. Alternatively people can drop in to a branch to have a face to face meeting.
Across the UK you can call Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 for the price of a local call. In the Republic of Ireland call 1850 60 90 90.
Lanarkshire Links is an organisation for mental health service users and carers in Lanarkshire.
We support one another to be involved in planning, developement, monitoring and evaluation of mental health services. If you use or have used mental health services or are a carer of someone who has or is using services, you can join Lanarkshire Links. Membership is free.
eLament provides information for people seeking assistance with mental health problems, including a directory of services in Lanarkshire and Self-help materials. Many people can benefit from using self-help booklets as an aid to understand the problems they are experiencing and learn new ways to help them deal with those problems. In this section there are offering booklets on a range of mental health problems that are known to benefit from self-help. These can be particularly beneficial to those with less severe problems