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Forums sign the pledge

At the pledge signing are (l-r) Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum chairman David Summers, campaign director of see me Suzie Vestri, Bellshill and District Community Forum chairman Duncan Mcleod, health improvement practitioner Kelly McLean, Motherwell Community Forum chairman Felix Mulholland, and health improvement practitioner Anila Ansari.

At the pledge signing are (l-r) Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat Community Forum chairman David Summers, campaign director of see me Suzie Vestri, Bellshill and District Community Forum chairman Duncan Mcleod, health improvement practitioner Kelly McLean, Motherwell Community Forum chairman Felix Mulholland, and health improvement practitioner Anila Ansari.

THREE North Lanarkshire community forums have become the latest organisations to sign the ‘see me’ pledge and commit to working with Scotland’s national campaign to tackle the stigma and discrimination of mental ill-health.

A representative from Motherwell; Wishaw, Murdostoun and Fortissat; and Bellshill and District community forums formally signed the pledge at Motherwell Concert Hall with Suzie Vestri, campaign director of ‘see me’, and agreed action plans to tackle stigma and discrimination in their communities.

Suzie said: “Everyone has a part to play in tackling the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental ill-health and we welcome the commitment made by organisations across North Lanarkshire to provide a mentally healthy environment in their communities.

“It’s important to remember that one in four Scots will be affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives. It could happen to a friend, family member or colleague.”

The pledge signing, supported by NHS Lanarkshire’s north east health improvement team, was accompanied by an evening of entertainment from Karen Baird School of Dance, local band The Modests and a contemporary performance from Scotland’s Indian dance company, Dance Ihayami.

 

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