Faith groups promise on mental health issue

Eleven Lanarkshire faith communities have signed the pledge
Eleven Lanarkshire faith communities have signed the pledge

ELEVEN Lanarkshire faith communities have united to become the first in Scotland to pledge their commitment to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill health.

Representatives of Christian, Muslim and Hindu groups have signed up for the See Me campaign, which aims to form partnerships with companies and organisations across Scotland to take positive mental health messages into communities.

Signing the pledge were the Baptist Churches of North and South Lanarkshire, Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, Lanark Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, Lanarkshire Hindu Welfare Association, Islamic Education Trust in Cumbernauld, Central Mosque Lanarkshire in Mossend, Lanarkshire Circuit of the Methodist Church in Scotland, Roman Catholic Diocese of Motherwell, Lanarkshire regional council of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Reformed Church in Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Muslim Women’s Association.

Suzie Vestri, See Me campaign director, said: “We welcome the commitment of Lanarkshire faith organisations and look forward to working with them to break down the barrier that stands in the way of people talking about mental ill-health.”

Full story in this week’s Times & Speaker, out May 2