About the Toolkit
A close friend who I’d known for over forty years hasn’t spoken to me since I was admitted to hospital. Some of my family were very distant afterwards and it is only recently that they have resumed contact again. They couldn’t have hurt me more if they had hit me over the head with a baseball bat" (Malky Kane, Falkirk)
‘see me’ has developed an on-line toolkit to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of effective local anti-stigma and anti-discrimination activities by providing access to an easy to use and practical resource. The main aims of the toolkit are:
- To increase local anti-stigma activity by providing easy to use tools, which make it easier for local contacts to get involved.
- To encourage effective joint action through national and local links.
- To provide a framework for the planning, delivery and evaluation of local activity, both short-term and long-term.
Who is the toolkit for?
If you’re reading this fact sheet, and you’re interested, we hope the toolkit is for you!
England football hero and Scotland Assistant Manager Terry Butcher, Plus Perth volleyball team, Birchwood Highland Cyclists, Councils, Health Boards, Voluntary Organisations and Service User and Carer groups from across Scotland, and major companies like Standard Life and Amey Roads all have one thing in common: they’re among the hundreds to join forces with see me to help stamp out stigma in Scotland.
‘see me’ believes that ending mental health stigma and discrimination is everyone’s business and that every person has the potential to contribute to making stigma and discrimination history.
The toolkit has been designed to be of benefit to as many people and organisations as possible:
- You may be just thinking about getting involved or looking to set future plans for work that is already underway. You may be looking to set a long term action plan or plan a one off event. Either way we believe the toolkit is flexible and can benefit you.
- There are no entry criteria for using the toolkit. In fact, we believe that there’s strength in the fact that every person brings their individual gifts, experiences and resources to a collective.
- The toolkit can be used by individuals who are developing their own initiatives or partnership groups which bring different organisations together.
How to use the toolkit
You can visit the online resources and follow a pathway to plan your anti-stigma journey. Each section provides signposts to help you on your way, with each step supported by access to a range of supportive resources. You can go straight to the section or resource that you are looking for, as we would recommend (at least for the first time you use it) you can walk through the sections to see what tools are available for you to use. The sections are listed below:
- 1. Working with others – Use this section to understand the benefits and importance of working with others. Think about who needs to be involved and how to get involvement.
- 2. Plan for Success - The first steps in planning your activities are very important. If you get this part right you will save yourself energy in the longer-term and achieve better outcomes. Use this section to develop your initial aims and objectives, think about what options are open to you and how you might evaluate the outcomes.
- 3. Reaching your audience – How to match your methods and materials to your target audience
- 4. Learning and sharing – Use this section to evaluate how well your activities have achieved what you set out to do and how you can share your findings with others.
- 5. Resource section - At the heart of the toolkit is a resource section. Included in this section is a directory of organisations, fact sheets, presentations, case studies, planning tools, personal testimonies, ‘see me’ materials and adverts. All of these things can help to support you in the delivery of successful local action.
Throughout this toolkit, key steps for action or thought are highlighted at the top of each section