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Let's TALK Project

SAMH

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At the start of the year, SAMH launched it’s latest project Let's TALK. This new and innovative project aims to challenge the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health from the ground up, by fostering a culture within local communities where people can openly think, talk and learn about their mental health and how to improve it.

Funded by the National Lottery Communities Fund, Let’s TALK works with grassroots groups and third sector organisations across Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire. These areas have been targeted due to their low levels of mental wellbeing, high suicide rates and long CAMHS waiting lists. The project uses trained volunteers within these communities to support activities that get people talking about mental health problems and positive mental wellbeing.

Through interactive events, including workshops and pop-up stalls, Let’s TALK connects directly with people, helping them to identify ways to improve their mental wellbeing. Our volunteers pass on self-help techniques, such as SAMH’s 5 Ways to Better Wellbeing, to help people build resilience and look after their mental wellbeing. The project also provides people with information about different mental health problems and how to access and signpost to support.

A key elemtent of Let’s TALK is working with people who know the community, as this allows the project to harness local resources and knowledge. Our volunteers and the participants they support, are key in tailoring the design and delivery of the Let’s TALK project, in order to meet the needs of the communities we are working in.

Anyone in the Glasgow, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire areas can become a Let’s TALK volunteer. The time you dedicate is up to you and SAMH provides full training and support.To become a volunteer with the Let’s TALK project or for more information, please email Emma Straughan Let’s TALK Project Facilitator: Emma.Straughan@samh.org.uk.