Working in Health and Social Care

Working towards mental health inclusion is the best way to tackle stigma and discrimination in health and social care, so people get compassionate, person centred care and aren’t judged, dismissed or labelled because of their diagnosis.

If we are to successfully create change in the health and social care sector, then a commitment to end mental health stigma needs to be embedded in policy and practice rather than being viewed as additional.

At See Me we know that people working in health and social care are doing great jobs, but in high pressured and difficult situations, which can lead to people's care falling short of where it should be. So we want to help. Whatever your level or however much time you have, we have guidance, resources and training materials to help you make a change today.

We hope that these resources are also timely and can support you as we see increasing numbers of people struggling with their mental health as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. The Scottish Government's Mental Health Transition and Recovery Plan states that tackling stigma and discrimination is foundational to ensuring people get the help and support they need.

A blend of education, social contact and influencing are the most powerful ways to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination especially when lived experience is embedded in the approach.

Building confidence and capacity in individuals to challenge stigma and to influence change is most effective when it’s part of a whole system approach to ending mental health stigma.

That means making greater use of the policy, political and legal drivers available to make improvements to health and social care standards, so mental health is explicitly referenced.

We want to help you in achieving the parity of esteem between physical and mental health outlined within the Mental Health Strategy 2017-27. This involves improvements in:

  • Leadership role modelling.
  • Inclusive policies.
  • Learning and development (literacy, safeguarding, first aid, etc.)
  • Workforce wellbeing.
  • Communication of available support.
  • Peer-led approaches.
  • Focusing on recovery .

We know that as health and social care professionals your time is tight, so whether you have three minutes, or three hours, our toolbox of resources has something for you.

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