Who We Are
PLUS is a member-led mental health charity and social movement in Perth and Kinross. Our values include trust, honesty, equality, justice, community spirit, partnership working, love and compassion.
We are known for our local work related to recovery from mental distress and our significant contribution to the see me campaign, eradicating stigma in mental health. Our awareness raising of recovery and wellbeing and community arts projects such as ‘One Leaf- One Link’ have been commended and used in other parts of the UK.
Our members are people who have experienced mental distress, however to ensure an inclusive and progressive organisation we include a Friends of PLUS membership so anyone at all who agrees with our values and principles can join us. See membership page for more information.
Our projects are identified by our members – members decide on the most important priorities aligned to our vision and mission.
We have around 300 members at the moment, three members of staff and 26 volunteers. Our office is based at 77 Canal Street, Perth and is open six days a week 8.30 to 4.00 Mon to Fri and also Saturday Mornings. We run a community drop in on Friday evenings 6-7.30 at the Young Persons City Base next door to PLUS.
PLUS began in Perth 2002 with a small group of people who had used local mental health services meeting under the direction of Perth Association for Mental Health.
The reason PLUS started was the Scottish Government recognised low levels of user involvement by people using mental health services and directed regional NHS boards to facilitate new local ‘service user’ groups to address the issue. NHS Tayside has and continues to be our main funder.
PLUS saw itself as part of the survivor movement where people recovering from mental illness joined together to form one voice in speaking out for better treatment and improved mental health services and started to take control back.
PLUS became a charity and company in 2009 and since that time has been governed by a board of 5-8 trustees. PLUS remains member- led and is well respected by other similar groups and organisations which emerged from the ‘service user involvement’ movement.