"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
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