NHS Lothian supports Mental Health Awareness

 NHS Lothian raises awareness of mental health issues among local communities during Scottish Mental Health Awareness Week 2008 (6-12th October).

The NHS Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing team is joining up with Edinburgh Leisure and See Me to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst staff and visitors at various sites across the city throughout Mental Health Awareness Week 2008.

During the week a team of workers and volunteers will be running Keep Well Roadshows to offer local communities access to a wide range of information related to mental health and well being as well as providing information on local support and services.

Working with Edinburgh Leisure the team will be launching a physical activity project for mums experiencing mental health problems, such as low mood, anxiety or depression.

Sheena Lowrie, Senior Health Promotion Specialist, NHS Lothian, said:

“NHS Lothian fully supports the Scottish Mental Health Awareness Week and is committed to working alongside our partners and communities throughout the week as it grows in strength and influence each year.”
One in four Scots will experience mental health problems and more than 80% will suffer stigma or discrimination as a result.
Many people with mental health illness feel that when they most need support their friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues just don’t seem able to react in a helpful way. While friends and family want to ‘do the right thing’ they are often scared of getting it wrong, making things worse, or worried that they just don't know enough about mental health issues to make a difference. This week’s events will promote ways in which family and friends can help.
NHS Lothian is supporting further development of this work by launching a small grants scheme to encourage local communities to take part in projects to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
If you are in a crisis and need help now please contact the following:
Edinburgh Crisis Centre - 0808 801 0414
Samaritans - 0800 83 85 87
Breathing Space - 0800 83 85 87 (6pm – 2am)