See Me See Change
See Me See Change is an approach to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination in schools. Below, you’ll find all the tools and resources you need to take action.
We spoke to young people across Scotland to find out more about their mental health, and the stigma they face.
We all want this to improve.
By working together, we can create school environments where young people feel safe, supported and able to talk about how they’re feeling – free from stigma and discrimination.
With See Me See Change, we can do this.
What is See Me See Change?
Designed with the Whole School Approach in mind, See Me See Change is an approach to tackling mental health stigma and discrimination in schools.
The approach brings together pupils and staff – from senior leaders and pastoral leads to support staff – to work on an equal footing to create a plan to tackle stigma which is unique to their school and circumstances.
Developed in collaboration with young people, See Me See Change includes self-facilitated training for staff and pupils, before the two groups come together to develop and action plan to tackle stigma in their school community.
See Me See Change is based on the blended approach required to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination: education, social contact and protest/influencing. People's real experiences of mental health, and stigma and discrimination, feature throughout the sessions to give a real understanding of how it impacts people.
How can See Me See Change be delivered in my school?
All of the See Me See Change sessions and resources have been developed and structured to be accessible for schools to deliver themselves; however, there are some key considerations to have in place ahead of delivering See Me See Change in your school, which are outlined below.
See Me See Change is designed for senior phase pupils (S4 to S6) and staff with an active interest in mental health, and creating change for their community.
Pupils participate in four training sessions, with three workbooks to complete, while staff take part in two sessions, with one mandatory workbook to complete. Each of the sessions explores a range of topics, including understanding mental health, what stigma looks like, and steps you can take to tackle it.
Once the training is complete, pupils and staff come together to plan their next steps.
You’re provided with facilitation notes for each of the sessions and guidance to help you throughout, which you'll find above – and support is available from the See Me team throughout, based on learnings from our pilot schools.
Getting involved in See Me See Change
Before you can get signed up to See Me See Change, you'll need to get the approval of senior members of staff in your school - like your head teacher or pastoral lead.
We’ve developed some more information for school staff, for school pupils, for school leadership and for external organisations to give you a better idea of what’s involved.
About See Me See Change
See Me See Change has been developed over the last two years, with input from See Me’s youth champions, volunteers and the support of pilot schools across Scotland.
The approach draws from See Me's years of experience working with schools to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination and learning what works - for staff and pupils, such as our popular What's on Your Mind? resource.
Find out more about the approach we took to See Me See Change's development, our pilot schools’ successes and get the answers to some of your questions.
If you have any further questions about See Me See Change, email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the team will be in touch.