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the Scottish Association
for Mental Health

is Scotland’s largest mental health charity and we believe there is no health without mental health. We are here to provide help, information and support to people affected by mental health problems. 
By 2020, depression will be second only to heart disease as an international burden and every year one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. Despite these facts mental ill health continues to be one of society’s taboo subjects, even though it can affect anyone, friends, family, co-workers and these figures continue to grow…

SAMH aims to reduce the stigma attached to mental ill health and provide invaluable support to those in need. Every year, SAMH provides over a million hours of support to people living with poor mental health. Every week, SAMH works with around 3,000 individuals in over 60 services. Every day, SAMH campaigns for better mental health for the people of Scotland. We believe that people with mental health problems should be ambitious about their futures.

We provide immediate support for people who need it and we campaign for long term change.

Our services are built upon our belief that people with mental health problems can and should be ambitious about their futures.
These services reflect the diversity of our communities and cater for a wide variety of needs and experiences with varying levels of support offered. These include housing support, residential care facilities, emotional and social support, therapeutic horticulture projects, addiction services, employability services and carer support networks. 

Not only do we work ‘hands on’ but we use our experience and create national campaigns, enabling us to tackle the roots of the problems. Some of our recent campaigns include:

See Me: 
Scotland's programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination – this service aims to mobilise people to work together and lead a movement to end mental health stigma and discrimination, change negative behaviour towards those with mental health problems and ensure that the human rights of people with mental health problems are respected and upheld.

Respect me:

Scotland’s anti-bullying service - this service works with all adults who play a role in lives of children and young people to give them the practical skills and confidence to address bullying behaviour. It also campaigns at a national level to raise awareness of the service and the impact that bullying can have. 

Mental Health statistics & Mental Health in the work place.

·      Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem

·       Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental
disorder in Britain. 

·      1 in 7 people in Scotland are now taking antidepressants

·      Today, two people will die by suicide in Scotland

·      79% of people with severe and enduring mental health
problems are unemployed

·      Depression affects 1 in 5 older people

·      One in ten 5-15 year olds will experience a mental health problem

·      Women are more likely to have been treated for a mental health problem than men

·      One in six employees in Scotland will experience a mental health issue such as stress, anxiety or depression at any one time

·      Only 63% of employees with experience of a mental health problem have disclosed it to their employer

·      Mental health problems cost Scotland’s employers £2.15 billion per year through sickness absence, lower productivity and staff turnover

·      Research shows that the initial response of an employer to the disclosure of a mental health problem by an employee has a significant impact on the success of any support offered

·      Every year around 2 million people experience a health problem that they believe to have been caused by their current or past work, with stress being the largest cause of work-related illness.


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