‘Don’t Bottle It – Talk About It’
23rd November 2015
Glasgow Association for Mental Health (GAMH) have created ‘pop-up’ teams as part of a new project to engage members of the public in discussions about mental health.
People with first-hand experience of mental ill-health will target places where the subject isn’t often addressed with a view to reducing stigma around the topic. This will include workplaces, gyms, and areas where high levels of mental health issues exist such as the East End of Glasgow. They will also focus on gatherings of groups who are harder to engage, such as men.
Frieda Park, one of the project leads, commented:
“By reducing stigma the project will benefit the whole community whether they have mental health issues or not.
“People often don’t get help due to the stigma of mental health issues. This makes it especially hard for them to talk about how they are feeling.
“It will help everyone to look after their own mental wellbeing and the mental wellbeing of others.”
By the end of the project the teams hope to create a model of discussing mental health in public, as well as making positive changes to the lives of those involved and the people they meet.
See Me has funded the project as part of their Community Innovation Fund.
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