Promoting Positive Mental Health

The Four Pillars

Pillar 1 – Recovery in Mind

We offer supported, welcoming groups and activities in which people feel safe and which help to:

  • reduce social isolation and prevent suicide
  • improve self-management and self esteem
  • build confidence and improve physical health
  • with opportunities to learn new skills and coping techniques

Pillar 2 – Minds at Work

We provide well-supported, effective opportunities for volunteering to:

  • people coping with or recovering from mental health problems
  • carers and family members having to deal with mental health issues
  • local people looking to share their skills and life experience
  • young professionals looking to gain experience of dealing with mental health issues

Pillar 3 – Speaking Our Minds

We aim to reduce the stigma around mental ill-health by working in partnership with others to:

  • raise awareness of the extent to which mental health issues affect our local community
  • involve non-service users in our activities so as to break down barriers
  • develop innovative activities and projects that will combat prejudice in this area
  • promote positive mental health attitudes through workshops and open meetings

Pillar 4 – Young Minds

Working in partnership with local schools, we aim to improve young people and children's knowledge and understanding of:

  • stress and anxiety
  • low mood and depression
  • how to recognise the signs and symptoms
  • how to deal with them
  • where to get help

Pillar 3 – Speaking Our Minds

"I felt ashamed and embarrassed about how I felt"
"I couldn't talk about how I was feeling because of the stigma associated with mental health"

Mental health is still stigmatised in some parts of our community, and Pillar helps to tackle that stigma by raising awareness of the fact that everyone has mental health issues and that as many as 1 in 4 people living locally may experience a mental health problem at some stage in their lives. For example, during Mental Health Awareness Week this year we hosted three fantastic, well received events including – Behind the Mask – a project with pupils from Mackie Academy in Stonehaven. The theme for mental health awareness week was "relationships" so this became the theme for designing a mask and writing a statement to express the meaning of the design. The masks were displayed in the window of the Stonehaven Library, who reported that people were impressed, saddened and shocked by the accompanying statements written by our young people.

As a result, Pillar has been asked by Mackie Academy to run the project again next year but on a larger scale as it proved an effective way to start young people talking and thinking about mental health.

"The subject of mental fitness and wellbeing is an area we as a school are keen to develop for our wholeschool community, it is an area of significant concern and is one of our priorities as a school."

"We would like the work of Pillar to continue in our school as it has done for the last three years. We would hope to extend the work of Pillar to support younger pupils across the whole Laurencekirk Cluster and also teaching and support staff, community campus users and parents" Depute Head, Mearns Academy

"Laurencekirk practice have highlighted a need for young adults mental health services, particularly focusing on the areas you will cover in your YP groups. I highlighted the work Pillar has already done with the schools, and that you are putting together a bid to role this out further. They are happy to be on record as supporting this initiative/bid, as they all agreed that this is an area of particular need." Community Health in Partnership Officer, Kincardine & Mearns

Contact Pillar Kincardine

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F16/17 Sheriff Court Building Dunnottar Avenue Stonehaven AB39 2JD
+44 1569 767222


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