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Lisa discovers the ‘power of contact’

Lisa Archibald visits consumer led service called Balance in Whanganui during her mental health trip down under

Lisa Archibald visits consumer led service called Balance in Whanganui during her mental health trip down under

A Pathhead woman is leading the charge to change attitudes to mental health in Scotland after doing research on the other side of the world.

Lisa Archibald spent two months in Australia and New Zealand looking for ways to tackle discriminatory attitudes to mental health.

Lisa believes that direct contact with people with mental health issues is the best method, and she plans to introduce ‘power of contact’ to groups across the country.

She said: “People that have been through it themselves are the best people to describe it. Someone who has been there and recovered.

“Rather than this just being a government-led campaign, it’s getting local groups involved across the country.

“I really think this will work, as I have seen it working, in New Zealand especially.

“We have just as many problems with mental health as we do with obesity here, but there is no mention of mental health in schools.

“Kids don’t know how to talk about it, as they have never been educated about it.

“So it’s important we educate people about mental health when they are younger as they are far more open to discussing it. They would then go home and talk about it with their families, so it then goes into the communities.”

 

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