SAMH’s Let’s TALK project is now launching in the North East of Glasgow. Thanks to Glasgow City Council’s Community Fund, SAMH is now able to offer free mental health support to communities in the North East of Glasgow until March 2023. The aims of the project are;
• to raise awareness around mental health issues,
• tackle stigma and discrimination which often deters people from seeking the help they need ,
• signposting people to local support services
We use a social prescribing model developed by the New Economics Foundation called the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to show how Being Active, Connecting, Taking Notice, Learning and Giving can also have a part to play in someone’s recovery and self-care routines.
A key component of the project is to help put people in charge of their own means to recovery as pathways to better mental health are as unique as the circumstances and experiences that have had a bearing on people’s wellbeing.
Current Online Support – Virtual Drop In’s and Workshops
With Covid 19 restrictions still currently in place we are offering our support online. This could be in the form of a virtual drop in where we can join a team meeting, coffee catch up or AGM and have an informal chat about mental wellbeing, introduce ourselves and the project and other forms of support that are on offer. The virtual drop in could be around topics like the Impact of Lockdown, the 5 Ways to Wellbeing or Self-care. They might also be in response to a campaign such as Mental Health Awareness Week or an event like the Big Lunch. Maybe you have a bespoke event you’d like us to join you on?
In addition to our virtual drop ins we are also offering interactive online workshops. These are around 90 minutes and run on platforms like Zoom. There are currently 17 topics on offer and they aim to raise awareness of mental health , dispel myths and misconceptions around mental ill health and signpost people to more local support services. We also hope to encourage others to become more empowered in their own mental wellbeing so that mental health support is more proactive rather than reactive.
Face to Face Community Engagement – Pop Ups and Workshops
Eventually though, when restrictions are eased, we want to rekindle our face to face engagements. Engagement will take the form of Pop Up events and Gatherings held in local community settings. Pop Up stalls will use games and prompts based around the 5 Ways to Wellbeing to initiate positive conversations about mental health and raise awareness of local support services. Workshops will take the form of interactive sessions that will seek to inform people about how common mental health problems are, potential triggers, early warning signs and positive coping mechanisms. They will seek to build people’s resilience to look after themselves and those around them.
Location – across the North East of Glasgow
Opening Hours – community engagement sessions can run Monday to Sunday, during the day and evenings, subject to sufficient notice
Contact – Emma, Let’s TALK Project Facilitator Emma.Straughan@samh.org.uk 07595 244 761