MSP welcomes progress

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NORTH east MSP Alison McInnes has welcomed the progress being made by the ‘See Me’ campaign in challenging 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.”

‘See Me’ is Scotland’s national campaign, financed by the Scottish Government, to end the stigma attached to mental ill-health.

Mrs McInnes added: “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.”