Men­tal health is­sues in­spire walk­ing mile

Hairmyres back­ing

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Mark Pirie

Hairmyres Hospi­tal staff and pa­tients have shown they can walk the walk when it comes to men­tal health.

The Walk a Mile event last week was ar­ranged by Stigma Free La­nark­shire to bring to­gether doc­tors, nurses, pa­tients and any­one in the hospi­tal to help tackle men­tal health dis­crim­i­na­tion and make it a com­mon topic for peo­ple to talk about.

The walk­ing cam­paign was cre­ated by anti-stigma pro­gramme See Me in as­so­ci­a­tion with men­tal health ac­tivist Chris Young in a bid to change at­ti­tudes one con­ver­sa­tion at a time.

So far, thou­sands of peo­ple have taken part in treks all across Scot­land.

See Me di­rec­tor Calum Irv­ing re­vealed the aim of the event was to show that men­tal health can be a topic of ev­ery-day con­ver­sa­tions.

He said: “We are all re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing pos­i­tive at­ti­tudes around it.

“It was part of a week of events ar­ranged by the group to help tackle dis­crim­i­na­tion.

“Men­tal health af­fects all of us, but there is still a stigma around it.

“To tackle this prop­erly peo­ple need to un­der­stand that it is okay not to be okay.”

Su­san McMor­rin, se­nior health pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer with NHS La­nark­shire, was happy to back the on­go­ing cam­paign – and pleased to see the East Kil­bride hop­si­tal unite be­hind the cause.

“We are de­lighted to have had the op­por­tu­nity to host a Walk a Mile Event at Hairmyres Hospi­tal and be part of Scot­land’s big­gest ever anti-stigma con­ver­sa­tion,” she added.

“Our aim is to bring to­gether pro­fes­sion­als, car­ers and peo­ple with lived ex­pe­ri­ence for a friendly con­ver­sa­tion as they stroll round Hairmyres Hospi­tal.”

For more on the walks, visit www.seemescot­land.org

Sup­port Hairmyres staff and pa­tients ahead of the Walk a Mile events

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