Have you got what it takes to be a cham­pion?

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A Ruther­glen woman who shaved her head to high­light the stigma at­tached to men­tal health has been held up as an in­spi­ra­tion for the whole of Scot­land.

Clare McKech­nie suf­fers from anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion.

She is also a Com­mu­nity Cham­pion for men­tal health char­ity, See Me, who are on the look­out for more cham­pi­ons across Scot­land.

Brave Clare got her long locks lopped off at Ruther­glen Ex­change Shop­ping Cen­tre, rais­ing money for SAMH in the process.

In hav­ing her hair shaved off, Clare wanted to prove you can’t judge a book by its cover.

The Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons pro­gramme will en­able peo­ple to make pos­i­tive changes in their own com­mu­nity, with the sup­port of See Me.

See Me want peo­ple who have per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of men­tal health con­di­tions, who could chal­lenge dis­crim­i­na­tion in work­places, in health and so­cial care, with chil­dren and young peo­ple or by bring­ing their own ideas to en­gage their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Re­bekah Moore from See Me, who runs the Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons pro­gramme, said:“What­ever you are pas­sion­ate about, or what­ever mo­ti­vates you, we can help and sup­port you to use that, to take ac­tion against men­tal health stigma, which can change lives.”

Cham­pi­ons re­ceive three, one and a half day train­ing ses­sions, held over six months in Perth.

The dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions is the 15th Au­gust at 5pm.

A close shave Clare McKech­nie with hus­band Colin, who also shaved his hair af­ter dy­ing it red

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