Johannes Parkkonen Campaign Implementation Manager In the Minds of Men seminar Perth 18 th January 2011. 07/11/2007. Vision. A Scotland in which all people with mental health problems are fully equal and included. Stigma
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Campaign Implementation Manager
In the Minds of Men seminar
18th January 2011
A Scotland in which all people with mental health problems are fully equal and included
Beliefs and prejudices, based on stereotypes, held both in society and by individuals; “mark”/label
Behaviour that results when we start acting on these beliefs & prejudices
Between the “stigmatised” and the “stigmatiser”
David Dempster, Easterhouse“When I was off work with a broken leg I got loads of support from the fire brigade. Crew were always dropping by, so much so there was almost always a fire engine outside the house! When I went off sick with depression there was nothing. Not one card, call or visit. I had to prove I was ill by undergoing two additional medicals. Then, when I was well again, the fire service didn’t want me back... in any capacity. Twenty years of service and expertise written off! ...It’s time for every one of us to help create a climate in which we can all talk openly about mental health problems, get help when we need it and get rid of the negative attitudes which belong in the past.”
An alliance of five mental health organisations
Fully funded by the Scottish Government
Target audience is the Scottish general public
Mental health – the last taboo?
“Well, it doesn't matter how you feel inside, you know. It's what shows up on the surface that counts. That's what my mother taught me. Take all your bad feelings and push them down. All the way down, past your knees, until you're almost walking on them. And then you'll fit in, and you'll be invited to parties and boys will like you, and happiness will follow.”
…so how is ‘see me’ doing it?
First Person Voice
2004 – 2006: Particular emphasis on Employers and Workplace & Children and Young People
Promoting and supporting LOCAL ACTION tackling stigma and discrimination
Using First Person Voice and engaging with people with lived experience of mental ill-health
Be prepared to take action…
but pick your fights
Go to www.seemescotland.org/badge/...
…Have your photo and message of support ready…
…And let others know via Facebook and Twitter that you have pledged your support to ‘see me’!
'see me' - Let's stop the stigma of mental ill-health
1/3 Great Michael House
14 Links PlaceEdinburghEH6 7EZ
Telephone: 0131 554 0218
Web: www.seemescotland.org & www.justlikeme.org.uk
'see me' is run by an Alliance of five mental health organisations and is fully funded by the Scottish Government.