Get­ting to­gether to tackle men­tal health

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ian Bunting

Peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions from all over La­nark­shire have come to­gether to tackle men­tal health dis­crim­i­na­tion.

La­nark­shire Re­cov­ery Net­work’s suc­cess­ful an­ti­stigma part­ner­ship al­ready in­cludes al­most 500 pledges of sup­port from com­mu­nity groups, churches, NHS La­nark­shire, North and South La­nark­shire coun­cils, North and South La­nark­shire Health and So­cial Care Part­ner­ships, lo­cal busi­nesses and na­tional anti-stigma or­gan­i­sa­tion, See Me. Through­out this week, there is a re­newed fo­cus on tack­ling men­tal health stigma and dis­crim­i­na­tion in health and so­cial care set­tings, to give staff an in­creased aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing and to make sure the treat­ment of peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems is as good as it can be.

The new dis­tress brief in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme, which looks to make sure that peo­ple in cri­sis get the right sup­port im­me­di­ately, will be among the ini­tia­tives high­lighted.

To fin­ish off the week, on Fri­day staff and pa­tients at Hairmyres Hospi­tal will be joined by other health and so­cial care providers and ser­vice users in La­nark­shire for a Walk a Mile event.

So far thou­sands of peo­ple have taken part in walks across Scot­land, bring­ing to­gether health pro­fes­sion­als, car­ers, peo­ple with lived ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health prob­lems, stu­dents, or any­one who cares about tack­ling men­tal health dis­crim­i­na­tion, to break down bar­ri­ers as they walk a mile in each other’s shoes.

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