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Reducing Stigma and Discrimination

Stigma and Discrimination

Tackling stigma and discrimination are priorities within the Mental Health Strategy 2012-15. As part of that commitment, the Scottish Government funds see me, Scotland's national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health:

The task of re-founding see me has been awarded to the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and the Mental Health Foundation (MHF):

Scottish Government and Comic Relief agreed to jointly commission a new programme of anti-discrimination work.

The Scottish Government currently provide £1 million per year for this work and Comic Relief will provide additional funds of up to £500,000 per year, making the total budget for a re-founded programme in the region of £1.5 million per year.

This is an opportunity to build on the positive legacy of the current see me programme, and to tackle discrimination and stigma in Scotland with renewed vigour and in a more cohesive manner. The development and delivery of a re-founded see me programme is based upon the following aims:

  • Outcomes rather than outputs that measure change in experience
  • Alignment with other agencies across the mental health spectrum and strategic co-operation with other anti-stigma and discrimination campaigns across the UK
  • An approach that directly involves those most affected by stigma and discrimination
  •  A focus on where people experience discrimination, including work in health and social care settings

Recovery

People can and do recover from even the most serious and long-term mental health problems. Recovery is a unique and individual experience and while there may be common themes and experiences, no two people's recovery journeys will be identical.

Recovery does not necessarily mean that people are always living without mental health problems, but that they have learned now to manage the problem or illness in a way which enables them to live fulfilling and active lives.

The Scottish Government fund the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), a non-profit organisation whose aim is to promote and support recovery from mental health problems:

They work as a catalyst for change by sharing ideas and practice, improving outcomes at all levels, and believe that mental health recovery can be a reality for all.

Self Stigma

The Scottish Government commissioned see me and the Scottish Recovery Network to produce a pilot research study of self stigma in Scotland. The report is a result of a small scale research study into the area of self stigma, an area that is under-researched. The Scottish Government welcome the findings of this report: