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New mental health project launches in Lanarkshire

SAMH Launch

SAMH Volunteers at the Let's TALK launch in January

Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH)’s Let’s TALK project is seeking to tackle issues around poor mental health and signpost people to local support services. Already the project has delivered a number of Pop up stalls and Workshops in the area including a session on SAMH and Let’s TALK delivered to Lanark residents at the Castlebank Horticultural Centre organised by the Lanark Community Development Trust.

Using the 5 Ways to Wellbeing, Let’s TALK sessions are designed to be informative and interactive. This then encourages more open and honest conversations relating to mental health and means to recovery in the local area.

We are looking for more support in South Lanarkshire in the form of volunteers. Are you passionate and motivated?

Then become a Let’s TALK volunteer. Full training and support is given and the time you dedicate is up to you.

As a Let’s TALK Volunteer you would be a crucial member of a team raising awareness and challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. You can be someone who can be a role model, offer peer support or signpost to local support services exemplifying the meaningful life still achievable.

Volunteering is a great example of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing tool that integrates into the project and has a range of benefits that include:

Learning – new knowledge, experiences and skills (like those used in community mapping and presentations) that could lead you onto further training opportunities (like our Community Connectors Training) and the chance to gain qualifications.

Connecting – through enhanced communication skills and the chance to potentially shared lived experiences of the impact of stigma and discrimination on people’s lives but through maintaining boundaries and self care. The engagement role will also help to meet people and feel part of a community who are also keen to make a difference.

Being Active – By taking part in new challenges you can build your confidence and self esteem. This will help to change mind-sets and build the capacity of others to seek local support services in the community.

Taking Notice – regular supervision and reviews with the Let’s TALK Project Facilitator will allow the opportunity to review your progress and address individual needs or opportunities.

Giving – Volunteering is a chance to give back to others which is hugely rewarding.

Interested or have any further queries about volunteering or the project overall?

Don’t hesitate to contact Emma the Let’s TALK Project Facilitator on Emma.Straughan@samh.org.uk