Mental health is just as important as physical, and anyone can be affected by poor mental health at any age.
But sadly research shows that there is still stigma and discrimination attached to mental health, and we want to change that in Lanarkshire.
The College has pledged to join Stigma Free Lanarkshire in challenging mental health stigma and discrimination, and is committed to listening and learning from those who have experience of mental health problems to bring about real change – where stigma is left in the past.
There are various free and confidential resources available to help you, a friend or family member get the help necessary for recovery.
We also have a close partnership with See Me and Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire.
Find out more about our partnership with Stigma Free Lanarkshire:
Walk a Mile
31st January 2018 at 1pm - Coatbridge Campus (Dunbeth Park)
Join fellow classmates or colleagues and walk a mile with us, meet new people, get some headspace and let’s talk about mental health!
Meeting place – Park Street Entrance, Coatbridge Campus.
Meeting time - 12.50pm
We want you to “Start Talking” about mental health using the See Me Scotland digital badge.
You can do this by finding a photo which means something to you, then heading to www.passthebadge.co.uk where you can upload it and put our digital badge on.
Then share it on social media with a story about why you think it’s important to “Start Talking” about mental health.
Mental Health Training
We are partnered with Elament who offer Suicide Prevent Training in North Lanarkshire.
Time to Talk
1st February 2018
It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us.
Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
Wherever you are – at home, at work or up the top of mountain! – have your conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day.
Student Training Events
"Mental Health and You" and "The Emotional Aspect of Stigma"
These training sessions will be held specifically for studnts and will run for 20- 30mins each.
Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided during the sessions.
Attendance certificates will be provided and students can use these towards Be Engaged awards.
Take a minute, change a life
Suicide Prevention North Lanarkshire Council has developed a suicide prevention app in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council, Health Scotland and Health Improvement.
The app is an information and signposting tool which provides a wide range of support services, guidance and advice on suicide prevention.
Main features include; Guides to talking, listening and reducing stigma surrounding suicide, 24hr list of resources including phone numbers and websites links, the myths and facts about suicide.
To download search for SP NLC on your mobile app store.
1 in 4 people are likely to experience a mental health problem in any one year (See Me Scotland)
9 out 10 people who experience mental health problems have experienced stigma and discrimination through work, education, by health professionals or by family members (See Me Scotland)
People often say the reactions of others towards after disclosing the nature of their illness can be more damaging than the diagnosis itself (See Me Scotland)
Depression and anxiety affects 10 to 15% of women during pregnancy and first post-natal year, and is the most common mental health issue experienced during pregnancy (Mental Health Foundation Scotland)
1 in 3 GP appointments relates to a mental health problem (Scottish Parliament SPICe briefing, May 2014)
People living in the most deprived areas are more than three times as likely to spend time in hospital as a result of mental illness compared to people living in the least deprived areas (Scottish Parliament SPICe briefing, May 2014)
Twice as many women as men went to their GP because of depression or anxiety in 2010/11, but the suicide rate is three times higher for men than women (Scottish Parliament SPICe briefing, May 2014)
About 1 in 8 of Scots (12%) takes an antidepressant every day. The other main drugs for mental health are used by only 1-3% of the population (Scottish Parliament SPICe briefing, May 2014)
In 2009, 58% of people who had suffered a mental health problem had experienced stigma or discrimination at some point in the previous five years. In 2007, it was 82% (Scottish Parliament SPICe briefing, May 2014)
1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem (https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/)
On average, two people die by suicide every day in Scotland (Choose Life)
The rate of suicidal ideation and self-harm for LGBT people is 20-25%, compared with 2.4% for the general population (Mental Welfare Commission Scotland)
Stigma is particularly prevalent against transgender people: according to the Scottish Trans Alliance, 63% have experienced one or more negative interactions in general mental health services (Mental Welfare Commission Scotland)
Nearly half (48 per cent) of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30 per cent said they had done so in the past year, while 59 per cent said they had at least considered doing so (Stonewall Scotland)
People with experience of mental health issues can die 20 years younger, are poorer on average and have fewer opportunities in life than the general population (https://rightsforlife.org/)
Research has suggested that Western approaches to mental health treatment are often unsuitable and culturally inappropriate to the needs of Asian communities. Asian people tend to view the individual in a holistic way, as a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual being (Mental Health Foundation Scotland)
A range of studies and reports have highlighted mental health as one of the biggest health issues for asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland (Scottish Refugee Council)
It is recognised that mental health stigma has a negative impact on those that experience mental health problems and can contribute to them not seeking support when they need it. Living with ongoing stigma and discrimination can create ongoing stress, reduce life chances, and prevent recovery (Scottish Refugee Council)
Mental and substance use disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide. About 23% of all years lost because of disability is caused by mental and substance use disorders (World Health Organisation)
Mental disorders are important risk factors for other diseases, as well as unintentional and intentional injury. Mental disorders increase the risk of getting ill from other diseases such as HIV, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and vice-versa (World Health Organisation)
Stigma and discrimination and against patients and families prevent people from seeking mental health care. Misunderstanding and stigma around mental health are widespread. Despite the existence of effective treatments for mental disorders, there is a belief that they are untreatable or that people with mental health disorders are difficult, not intelligent, or incapable of making decisions. The stigma can lead to abuse, rejection and isolation and exclude people from health care or support. Within the health system, people are too often treated in institutions which resemble human warehouses rather than places of healing (World Health Organisation)
Anyone can be stigmatised at work, university, by a friend or sitting behind their keyboard chatting on social media. In reality, we're not immune from stigma and discrimination anywhere. That's why we all need to be prepared to challenge stigmatising behaviour and discrimination wherever we come across it, including within the health service amongst other health care professionals (See Me Scotland)
Participants reported very mixed experiences in terms of stigma and discrimination from the police with calls for better understanding within the police force about mental health. There was also concerns expressed that the police are called in when A&E staff cannot cope with people who may be distressed, sometimes leading to arrests rather than treatment (A review of mental health services in Scotland report, January 2016)
A common complaint made by many visiting their Doctor is that stigma is still rife when talking about mental health problems. It's also experienced in both general and psychiatric hospitals, Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) appointments and when people attend A&E. This may be down to lack of resources, education or even understanding but going to seek professional advice is a big step for many to take (See Me Scotland)
Some patients have been:
The Scottish Association for Mental Health have created a guide for understanding mental health.
The See Me Social Movement is for all of us who are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination. It’s led by those with lived experience of discrimination and those who care about injustice and equal rights in society.