Join Us for Our Anti-Stigma Summer Sessions

Posted by See Me, 18 June 2020

Passionate about mental health and creating change? We’d love you to join our growing social movement to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. 

During Mental Health Awareness Week 2020, we were amazed by the online interest and engagement from people across Scotland. Everyone wanted to get talking and take action, and we saw that it's more important than ever that we stay connected and carry on talking about mental health during lockdown and beyond. 

We want to keep growing this online community and we would love for YOU to get involved. So to help everyone stay connected and talking about mental health we've created our Anti-Stigma Summer Sessions.

We will be putting on a series of online events and activities – with our volunteers and partners – to inspire you to join our movement and take action. From arts to poetry, community activism to crafts, there will be something for everyone. It will be an opportunity to connect with passionate individuals from all around the country and play your bit in making the community more mental-health-friendly. 

What's On?

What's Coming Up?

‘Meaningful Movies and Wise Words’ - Thursday 13th August, 7pm

See Me volunteers Susan, Gemma, Liam, Bridget and Chik are chatting about the books and films that have been most significant to them, and how they connect to challenging mental health stigma.

Whether you get some inspiration for the next book you read, or gain a new perspective on your favourite film, we hope you’ll join the conversation and share the books and films that have made an impact on you.

This event will be streaming live on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/seemescotland.

Let us know you're coming by registering for the event here.

What's in the planning?

Watching Differently - Week of Monday 24th, date TBC

Our youth champion Sally is chatting through the different ways she has tried to get people to change their minds when it comes to mental health problems. She will be showing different things she created as part of her degree at the Glasgow School of Art, included an augmented reality experience on anxiety, an animation on men's mental health, creating outwork out of sound waves using the experiences of young people struggling with their mental health, and using machine learning to create medication packaging.

She will also be chatting with our communications manager Nick about her own mental health, and how that has inspired her work.

What's Happened?

‘More Than My Mental Health: Poetry Edition’ - August 5th

We had a great time with our volunteers sharing and discussing poetry, pets and our lives during lockdown.

The See Me volunteers are a talented bunch and are great at expressing themselves. All our volunteers have lived experience of mental health problems, but they are so much more than that.

It was a lively and entertaining hour where we explored the importance of seeing an entire individual and how this helps challenge the stigma around mental health problems.

Watch it back here.

Let's Keep Creating Stigma Free Communities - July 29th

On 29th July we held an online workshop for people interested in tackling mental health stigma and discrimination in their community.

In this session our Social Movement team gave people tips, advice and a looked at what other people have done in their communities to help spark ideas. 

We'll be running these regularly over the next few months, so make sure to check in here for information on the next one. 

It's Okay to Talk - July 23rd

On July 23rd we held an event with Feniks, It's Okay to Talk, to launch Mental Health & Suicides Among Polish Men in Scotland, 2020, a report looking at what is contributing to the suicide rate, and what we can do to stop it.

The report found Polish men living in Scotland don’t feel like they can talk about their feelings, which can lead to them turning to suicide. The report also highlights some actions that could be taken to help change the current situation. If you think that you could be involved in the change, then let us know by emailing: toni.groundwater@seemescotland.org

You can find out more and read the full report here.

'Other Tongues' - July 9th

Our supporter Spencer Mason read passages from his debut book, 'Other Tongues', and took part in a discussion about his experiences of schizoaffective disorder with See Me Communications Manager, Nick.

This event explored the power of sharing your story about mental illness, the importance of asking ‘are you okay’ and a life beyond the labels.

Although the live stream has finished, you can still watch it back to hear his story, take part in a discussion and be inspired to take action to challenge mental health stigma.

You can watch here.

Alternatively you can listen to the whole chat in our Anti Stigma Summer Session Podcast Special, released on Thursday 16th. Subscribe here.

The Voice Behind the Picture - July 2nd 

We were delighted to be work with In Motion Theatre to inspire short monologues and stories and tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.

Fourteen writers have been working with playwright and creative director of In Motion Theatre Company Lisa Nicoll to create stories and monologues around the theme ‘The Voice Behind The Picture'. Over a series of live and recorded workshops and one to one development, these writers have each created 5 minute stories which take us beyond what people see, hear or take at face value.

Watch them here!

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