MSP McInnes welcomes mental health progress

North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes recently welcomed the progress being made by the ‘see me’ campaign in ending the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health.

Mrs McInnes, who was speaking after visiting an exhibition in the Scottish Parliament to mark the campaign’s 10th anniversary, said the aim is to encourage people to talk about mental health and stigma.

She said: “One in four Scots will experience a mental health problem in any year. ‘see me’ is an innovative and exciting programme of national and local initiatives as well as a range of award-winning advertising campaigns aimed at the Scottish public to change our behaviour towards people with mental health problems.

“Scotland needs a national anti-stigma campaign. People with experience of mental ill-health still face harassment, bullying, social isolation and exclusion. People with mental ill-health tell ‘see me’ that they struggle to get work or stay in work because of the attitudes and discrimination of others. This has to stop.

“The key to the campaign is the commitment from volunteers with experience of stigma, discrimination and recovery, who are willing to speak out and support others.”

The campaign works in partnership with local and national partners and a group of local ‘see me’ champions across Scotland to ensure it is far reaching.