Events held aimed at breaking the stigma of Mental Health.

Published: Thursday 06 Apr 2017

'Walk a Mile' Events - 29 March 17

 Two events were held in Fife last week aimed at breaking down the stigma of Mental Health.

The ‘Walk a Mile’ campaign was created by former social worker and mental health activist Chris McCullough Young, and is based on his walk around the edge of the UK where he spoke to everyone he met about mental health. Chris’ vision is to change attitudes one conversation at a time and his campaign subsequently inspired See Me to adopt the ‘Walk A Mile’ approach to tackle stigma and discrimination, which has resulted in several ‘walk a mile’ events across Scotland.

One in four people experience a mental health problem in any single year. Nine out of ten people with a mental health problem have reported experiencing stigma and discrimination. The aim of Walk a Mile, which took place in Fife on Wednesday 29 March 2017, was to show that mental health can be a topic of everyday conversations, and we are all responsible for creating positive attitudes around it.

Despite the poor weather conditions around 100 people set off from the two sites; Silverburn Park, and Stratheden Hospital. This included people from the local community, services across Fife and people with lived experience of mental ill-health. A couple of canine supporters also attended.

The walks allowed people to take time and space to have meaningful conversations about mental health and stigma.

For more information on the ‘Walk a Mile’ Campaign, visit www.seemescotland.org

 

Caroline Walker

 Fife Health and Social Care Partnership. 

carolynwalker2@nhs.net

03451 555555 extension 443015

 

 

 

 

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