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A helping hand

At a crucial moment in the public’s perception of mental health issues, RAMH are here to erase the stigma and improve lives across Renfrewshire.

RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) is a Scottish registered charity (SCO10340) first established in 1978 and based in Paisley, supporting individuals across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire in their recovery from mental ill health.

This is carried out by providing immediate support in crisis situations and aiding people in their own homes with individualised care and practical aid. On top of that, they also offer 1:1 counselling alongside a wide range of social, therapeutic, creative, educational and physical activity groups. Other key components of their services include promoting self-management and empowering people to achieve their potential, not to mention supporting carers, family and friends through information and education with the aim of raising awareness to break down barriers, inequalities and stigma around mental health.

At RAMH, the belief that people have the potential to recover from mental ill health is at the forefront. Employed in conjunction with ideals of recovery and support that reinforce hope, respect, and equality, they recognise the individual’s strengths and empowering them to live independent, fulfilled lives.

As a third-sector organisation supporting over 7,000 people a year, a great deal of importance is allotted to the support of the local community through both volunteering and fundraising – whether it’s upcycling furniture at the RAMH REstore, or taking on a marathon!

With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in their lifetime, RAMH strive to ensure that the community is equipped with the skills to offer support to friends, family, colleagues or even strangers experiencing a mental health issue.

To this end, they provide six mental health related courses ranging from half-day introductory sessions to the two-day, fully-accredited safeTalk and Mental Health First Aid courses.

For more information on RAMH, please visit ramh.org, contact by email at enquiries@ramh.org or give them a call on 0141 847 8900 (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm).

For help in a crisis, please contact FIRST Crisis on freephone 0800 221 8929 or standard rate 0141 848 9090. The team are available Monday-Friday between 9am-8pm and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am-5pm. If you live outside Renfrewshire and need immediate help you can contact Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 or Samaritans on 116 123.