STOP PRESS : East Coast Viners are Pedalling for Pillar on Friday 16th August
Many of us have to cope at some time in our lives with feelings of hopelessness and despair. Anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, a bereavement, or a sudden loss of confidence, can sometimes seem overwhelming.
At Pillar Kincardine you will meet other people who have been through many of the same life experiences, build a network of friends and contacts, and be supported by them and by others in the community as you move along the road to recovery and wellbeing.
And at Pillar you can obtain advice and support from qualified staff – and from people just like you – on every aspect of living with and recovering from mental ill health.
Please take the time to view our brief videos below in which Pillar members talk about their own experience and the value they place on this unique organisation:
Mental health is defined by WHO, the World Health Organisation, as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.
Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. If you have problems with your mental health, you might feel sad, worried, confused, angry, frightened, hopeless, isolated – even ashamed and worthless.
Mental health problems are experienced by people of any age, race, religion or income. Some of the most commonly diagnosed problems are depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), phobias and eating disorders.
Active Recovery – with Peer Support
Research has shown again and again the importance of good social networks in helping people reach and maintain positive mental health. Pillar members can choose from a range of opportunities to give and to receive mutual support and encouragement. As well as our groups and activities we encourage supported volunteering either in the safe spaces provided by Pillar or out in the community.
In this way people can gain confidence and develop the social and emotional skills they need to overcome life's difficulties and build a better future for themselves and those around them, as they go on a personal journey of recovery assisted by our professional staff.
Inclusion and Empowerment
Pillar Kincardine is an organisation run by and for its members, and involving service users is not just at the heart of all we do but also enshrined in our constitution. Thus our service users are members with a direct say in running the company – through elected representatives who sit alongside staff and volunteers (often themselves people with lived experience of mental health problems) on the Board of Directors.
Through fundraising campaigns like TEAM 26.2 (Together Equals A Marathon) Pillar aims to raise awareness and combat prejudice by sharing experience and working in partnership with schools and other community organisations to reduce stigma. And by working closely with families and carers, and offering our tailored Mental Fitness workshops to the wider community, we hope to increase knowledge and change both attitudes and behaviour.
Shaping the Future
From our work in local schools we are keenly aware of how young people in particular need both help in recognising the signs and symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and advice both on how to deal with these and where to get help. We believe that with our long experience of working in this field we are uniquely placed to help schools address these issues with workshops targeted both at the young people themselves and at parents together with the teaching staff.
Taking all of the above into account, we recently re-designed our service along the following lines with an emphasis on
community integration, peer support in a safe environment, and active recovery: