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Start your conversation

VSA and SAMH have teamed up to run the ‘Open Up’ campaign encouraging everyone in the north-east to talk, listen and connect. 

SAMH research from 2016 shows that 98 per cent of people in North East Scotland think mental health is as or more important than physical health; yet almost a fifth (18 per cent) never take time to look after it.

Local issues such as the downturn in the oil and gas industry have led to a significant rise in unemployment in our area, and has affected local people across all ages and sectors. This has led to more people needing help for poor mental health, which when combined with a cultural struggle with stigma, means that encouraging conversation has never been so important.

Talking is one of the first steps to better mental health!

Start your conversation today.

VSA and SAMH can help you to find the right support, information and resources relevant to you, visit

Stay well and maintain your mental health in the workplace.

If you are in the workplace and are concerned for a colleague, staff, a friend or have personal work related anxieties, then download the information booklet ( specific for workplace wellbeing.

Or arrange a workplace training session:

  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Managing Mental Health @ Work

To find out more visit ( or to book a training course, please email us at

Concerned about a Young Person?

If you’re worried about a young person and want more information on this, respectme, Scotland’s anti-bullying service, has lots of great information and tools. Visit their website

You can share your experience and encourage others to talk by joining in the conversation online using #OpenUpAberdeen

You are not alone. We are here to help.

Find help today


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