Experience will count for project

The launch of the Expeerience Counts service
The launch of the Expeerience Counts service

A new peer support service aimed at helping local people living with mental health problems was launched in Motherwell last week.

The North Lanarkshire-wide Expeerience Counts service will be run by the Scottish Association for Mental Health in partnership with North Lanarkshire Council.

It will draw on the knowledge and understanding of peer support workers - individuals with personal experience of mental health problems who are trained and employed to support others on their recovery journey.

By building and developing relationships, peer support workers will help people to identify their strengths and explore how they can take control of their own recovery.

SAMH peer support worker Rosie Line said: “I know first-hand that support from people who have also experienced mental health problems is an invaluable part of the path to recovery.

“With the right support, people can feel confident enough to step back out into the world with new-found courage and determination.

“I used to be so afraid of revealing my ideas, thoughts and feelings but I won that battle and have overcome those fears. Being a peer support worker has been fundamental to the continuation of my recovery.”

SAMH operations director Bobby Duffy added: “At SAMH we firmly believe a mental health problem is not a life sentence and peer support workers are the powerful evidence that recovery is possible.

“SAMH has a proud history of working in communities across Scotland supporting people with mental health problems.”

Expeerience Counts is available to anyone over 16 living in North Lanarkshire and can be accessed by speaking to a GP or any mental health professional, or at SAMH’s centre at 62 Windmillhill Street in Motherwell.