ALISS: Finding and sharing information for wellbeing

ALISS logo (blue background, white text)

ALISS logo (blue background, white text)

There are many organisations, groups, services, and activities across Scotland which help people to live well, and it’s important that people are able to find out what’s available, however this is often challenging.  ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland) is a national digital platform which is funded by the Scottish Government and managed by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) to help people find and share information that can support health and wellbeing. This very much includes arts, culture and heritage programmes and activities which is why we’d love for ACHWS members to get involved!

ALISS information is ‘crowdsourced’ meaning that organisations and individuals living and working in communities across Scotland can work together to gather, add, manage and share information about the things that matter to them. Information added is available for people to find on the www.aliss.org website as well as a range of partner’s websites and systems, both by people searching directly for themselves or for family and friends, as well as by professionals involved in social prescribing and signposting roles.

Adding your information to ALISS can therefore help you to increase participation and reach new audiences by making your services and activities more findable through a variety of channels where different people go to find information.

Examples of some arts, culture and heritage organisations already listed on ALISS include:

Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Theatre Nemo

Art in Healthcare

Carron Creates Craft Group

Music 4 U

To join them and add your own group or organisation, please visit www.aliss.org, sign up for an account and then click the ‘Add an organisation’ link on the menu bar. After you’ve added it, or if it is already listed, you can also ‘claim’ your organisation to take editorial control of your information so that you can edit and update whenever necessary to make sure it stays accurate and up to date for people searching.

If you have any questions or need any assistance in adding or claiming your information we would be happy to help and we’d also love to hear from you to learn more about your work, and to consider any other ways in which ALISS could support this.

If you would like to find out more and chat about ways to get involved, you can get in touch at hello@aliss.org or call us on 0141 404 0239.

See Us – the movement to end mental health stigma & discrimination across Scotland

4 young people standing in front of a bright pink See Me See Us in a city street

4 young people standing in front of a bright pink See Me See Us in a city street

See Us! – make a difference together

The last 18 months have had a huge impact on communities across Scotland.

While we as a nation are only just beginning to understand the lasting impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing we can see already is that the mental health of the nation has taken a real hit.

Now more than ever, it is important that we get talking about mental health and standing up to stigma and discrimination when we see it, to make sure that people get support and understanding when they need it.

We at See Me are launching a new campaign – See Us. We’re calling on everyone in Scotland to get behind the movement to end mental health stigma and discrimination to make real change for those who need it. It’s time to stop Seeing Me – the person struggling, and for everyone to stand up and say, ‘See Us, we’re making a difference together.’

A survey of over 2000 Scots, including 1000 who have experienced mental health problems found that more than half (58 per cent) say that their own perceptions of people with mental health problems have improved in the last 10 years.

Now is the time to build on that positive progress. The See Us campaign encourages people across Scotland – whether they have experience of a mental health problem or not – to join the movement to end stigma by getting involved in events, activities and speaking up to challenge outdated stereotypes.

The arts play a really important role in communities across Scotland and we have a new section of the See Us website dedicated to tackling stigma using the arts. Our briefing paper: Using The Arts to Challenge Mental Health Stigma and the Impact on the Audience offers key findings on different methods used through the arts to reduce mental health stigma and what components of stigma they are helping to challenge. Another example is offered by Liam Rankin who has created a choir to bring our community together and show that regardless of who we are, regardless of our mental health, we all have a voice!

I would encourage all of you to get behind the See Us movement. Visit our website www.seemescotland.org/SeeUs to find resources to help you make change.

On the website, you’ll also find our See Us activity pack, which is packed with ways in which to engage with local people and get the conversation started on mental health stigma and discrimination.

While perceptions of mental health are improving, we know that we still have work to do. The same research found that more than two-thirds of people (71 per cent) with mental health problems surveyed have still experienced stigma or discrimination – most commonly from someone they know including: friends, people online, immediate family and work colleagues.

Stigma and fear of discrimination prevent people from reaching out for the help they need and for some, it can be the difference between life and death.

Mental health affects people from all walks of life, so I’m asking you to do your bit and take action. Whether you’re offering a listening ear for someone who needs it, sharing your own experiences of mental health to help break down barriers, or organising an event in your library using our activity pack. Everything we do matters and it all helps us get closer to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in Scotland.

Wendy Halliday is the Director of See Me, Scotland’s programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.

Find out more about See Us and how you can get involved by visiting our website, and join in the conversation on social media using #SeeMeSeeUs to help others to find out about the movement.

Nick Jedrzejewski | Communications and Public Affairs Manager, See Me Scotland

 

Image Description: See Me volunteers as part of the See Us movement.
(Left to right) Liam Rankin, Tommy Kelly, Chloe Whyte and Sam Nadeen.
See Me is Scotland’s Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, funded by SAMH and the Mental Health Foundation.
Image Credit Marc Turner