Our Vision

Our vision is for a fair and inclusive Scotland, free from mental health stigma and discrimination.

About See Me

See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.  We are funded by Scottish Government and managed by SAMH and The Mental Health Foundation. 

We’re working towards achievement of The Scottish Government’s commitment to create:

A Scotland where people can get the right help at the right time, expect recovery, and fully enjoy their rights, free from stigma and discrimination.

Tackling stigma and discrimination and addressing the barriers they create must be central to any action to improve mental health. Doing so creates the best conditions for mental wellbeing, preventative action and early intervention, for personalised support, care and treatment and for recovery.

With Fairness in Mind

With Fairness in Mind is our strategy for the next five years, up until 2026.

In that time we will:

  • Achieve change at scale to tackle the deep rooted stigma and discrimination that directly affects people who experience mental health problems in Scotland today
  • Make Scotland a global leader in anti- stigma activity
  • Increase learning through gathering, applying and testing the evidence of what works to change attitudes, behaviours and cultures to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Our vision is for a fair and inclusive Scotland, free from mental health stigma and discrimination.

For the duration of this strategy we will work to the following outcomes:

  • People in the populations we target feel confident to talk openly about their mental health and their experience of stigma and discrimination
  • People in the populations we target feel confident to have supportive conversations with other people who are experiencing poor mental health
  • People with experience of mental health problems feel more confident to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination
  • People in the settings we work in recognise mental health stigma and discrimination, know how to challenge and take action against it
  • Leaders in key settings and organisations create inclusive cultures and take action to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination
  • National and local policy and decision makers resource, design and implement policies, systems and services that explicitly reduce mental health stigma and address discrimination

Our Focus for the strategy

Communications, policy and public affairs- We work alongside national and local campaigns and programmes to add specific experience and focus on mental health stigma and discrimination.

Communities and priority groups- We prioritise engagement of people at greatest risk of experiencing mental health stigma and discrimination including young people aged 16 – 24, vulnerable adults and people who experience severe mental illness.

Priority settings- We prioritise the settings where people experience greater levels of stigma and discrimination: education, health and social care, workplaces, employment and employability sectors.

Read the Full Strategy Here

Mission

This is the purpose that See Me works towards, it serves as the standard against which we measure our actions and decisions.

  • Guided and supported by people with lived experience, we challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.  

  • We influence change in behaviours, cultures and systems so that people with experience of mental health problems are respected, valued and empowered to achieve the outcomes important to them.

Values

  • Respect: We treat our team, volunteers and the people we work with, with dignity and respect the contribution they make

  • Collaboration: We develop trusting relationships through understanding and responding to the needs of our stakeholders

  • Integrity: We are authentic, reliable, credible and evidence informed

  • Excellence: We are experienced and committed to reflection, learning and continuous improvement

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