Scottish Association for Mental Health
Scottish Association for Mental Health

Charity registered in Scotland SC008897

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, SAMH operates 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services among others. These services, together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

Current vacancies

Physical Activity Partnership & Development Co-ordinator

  • Full time or Part time
  • £23,152
  • Home based during COVID-19 restrictions and then Edinburgh or Glasgow with travel across Scotland once restrictions are lifted
  • Closing 15th April 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

The Physical Activity Partnership & Development Co-ordinator will play a key role in the delivery and development of SAMH’s partnership with sportscotland to develop and deliver learning and development sessions which aim to increase knowledge and awareness of mental health, to remove stigma and discrimination and support Physical Activity & Sport communities in their understanding of the impact of physical activity and sport on our mental health and wellbeing. The Co-ordinator will help to build capacity across the sportscotland staff, active school coordinators, sport governing bodies and those interacting with groups of various ages, genders, and needs, including children and young people, to support engagement and participation levels within Physical Activity & Sport community.

The Development Co-ordinator will work collaboratively with staff, and key stakeholders to develop and deliver a diverse training programme in line with identified outcomes, tailored to meet the needs of the different groups. The programme will have a particular emphasis on supporting key sportscotland staff and key stakeholders to support their understanding of mental health and wellbeing and how this relates within a physical activity and sports context.

The role will also focus on opportunities to develop new mental health and physical activity models to showcase the positive role of physical activity and sport on our mental health. The Coordinator will also develop robust monitoring and evaluation processes, in partnership with the Physical Activity & Sport Development Manager and sportscotland.

The Development Co-ordinator will be based within SAMH main offices, either Edinburgh or Glasgow once COVID- 19 restrictions are lifted.

We are looking for someone who can share their knowledge and passion about the positive impact of physical activity and sport on mental health and wellbeing with others in a professional, adaptable and positive way. You will be a self-starter, enjoy building new relationships and have an energetic approach to promoting the programme.

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Therapeutic Horticulture Practitioner

  • Part time
  • £18,525 pro-rata
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 22nd April 2021

MyLifeDynamic

In January 2017, SAMH introduced a suite of services throughout the whole of Aberdeenshire to support people with mental health problems and those with Autism on their recovery journey. These new and exciting services look and feel very different to the traditional models of support and will be based on fundamental principles of empowerment, resilience and hope.

SAMH (the Scottish Association for Mental Health) is Scotland’s largest mental health charity. Every year, we provide over a million hours of support to people who need our help. Every week, we work with around 3,000 individuals in over 60 services. Every day, we campaign for better mental health for the people of Scotland.

We are seeking outstanding people to deliver and continue to develop these services across Aberdeenshire. To successfully embed the 6 elements of our new peripatetic service, SAMH are seeking flexible, enthusiastic people to work with individuals, groups and volunteers within local communities across Aberdeenshire.

Using your practical knowledge and experience of horticulture, conservation and gardening and your understanding of mental health issues you will support people to achieve their goals and outcomes in a therapeutic horticulture setting.

You will be based primarily in south Aberdeenshire but working throughout Aberdeenshire delivering the Cultivate programme working with groups of people and individuals. Cultivate delivers a blended service and you will be required to facilitate and support online group sessions.

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Counsellor

  • Part time
  • £24,407 – £27,875 pro-rata
  • South Aberdeenshire
  • Closing 28th April 2021

MyLifeDynamic

In January 2017, SAMH introduced a new suite of services throughout the whole of Aberdeenshire to help people with mental health problems and autism strengthen their self-resilience.

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity. Today, SAMH operates 60 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, homelessness, addictions and employment services among others. These services, together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

As SAMH continue on this exciting pathway, we are seeking a flexible, enthusiastic and qualified Counsellor to work with individuals and volunteers within local communities across Aberdeenshire.

As a key member of The Listening Project service in Aberdeenshire you will recruit, train, develop and support a team of Listening Volunteers to deliver a confidential listening service.

As an experienced Counsellor in time limited, confidential counselling you will ensure that we utilise solutions focussed counselling to directly support people accessing the service with complex needs.

Although this role may include working across the whole of Aberdeenshire, the post holder’s main focus of work will be concentrated within the south of the area. Ability to work evenings and weekends in a requirement of this post. A valid driving licence and access to own vehicle are also a requirement for the post.

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Peer Support Practitioner

  • Full time or Part time
  • £18,525
  • Fife – Kirkcaldy/ Dunfermline /Leven
  • Closing 21st April 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

As part of the Scottish Government Mental Health Strategy Action 15 and in partnership with Fife Health and Social Care Partnership SAMH have the opportunity to pilot a peer support project. The work within the community project is peer led and has an assets based approach to supporting people who are presenting as identifying as being in crisis. First responders can also refer individuals to the project . Sam’s peer community project was established in April 2019 based in Kirkcaldy. It will now offer peer support in Kirkcaldy /Dunfermline /Leven areas.

SAMH are recruiting to the posts of peer support practitioners. This is an exciting role for people with a lived experience of mental health issues and own recovery journey.

Peer support practitioners will offer a proactive approach, working with people in communities of diversity and will have a strong people focussed values base. Peer practitioners are role models of recovery and will have responsibility for working in a professional manner that values this asset. This is no 9-5 role and therefore we are looking to employ people who are able to work between the hours of Noon -11pm. SAMS is open 7 days so staff must also be willing to work weekend on a rotational basis.

Peer Support Practitioners will use their own lived experience of mental health issues to support service users in a recovery focussed way. Using formalised peer support models the Peer Support Practitioner will enhance the support provided to the individual.

There is an expectation that peer support practitioners will facilitate initial crisis intervention, on going resiliency , 1:1 sessions as well as group work. Offering support that is tailored to individuals expressed needs. There is an expectation the peer support team will have a flexible , dynamic approach that ensures all attendees receive a consistent high quality of support.

Peer support practitioners will be role modelling recovery within SAMH values and guidelines. The role will include working professionally with statutory & voluntary partners including 1st responders & out of hours mental health team as well as fostering /maintaining good working relationship with the community.

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Edinburgh Thrive Service Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,875 – £31,289
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 21st April 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

Thrive Edinburgh is about thinking big and thinking differently. We should have big ambitions and long-term strategic aims when it comes to mental health. We have made it our goal to promote mental health and protect our citizens’ resiliency, self-esteem, family strength and joy and reduce the toll of mental illness on individuals, our communities and our city.

This is an exciting new role to support three SAMH services and implement the new Edinburgh Thrive approach within SAMH. You will be responsible and accountable for maintain high quality standards across Edinburgh Support Services, Redhall Walled Gardens and SAMH staff within the South West Welcome Team.

We are committed to providing care and support to our service users and are looking for a Service Manager who is equally dedicated to the provision of outcome focused person centred care.

As an experienced manager, you will provide positive leadership and management whilst demonstrating and evidencing the following;

  • Leading and managing teams to ensure safe and effective provision of support to those people who use the service through the promotion of outcomes focused person centred approaches.
  • Reporting and evaluating of operational service delivery demonstrating delivery and development
  • Experience establishing effective partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Compliance with relevant, legislation, contracts and service specifications, SAMH policies and ensuring practice reflects current research findings.
  • Effective and efficient management of all resources.
  • Contributing to the wider work of SAMH to support the achievement of SAMH strategic objectives.

The working pattern is predominantly Monday to Friday; however you may be required to work out with this in line with service needs. There is a requirement to participate on the management on call rota out with working times.

We will expect you to establish strong and sustainable relationships in the community which will increase awareness and engagement of the project and promote building resilience to enable behaviour, culture and community change around stigma and discrimination.

To be successful in this post you will meet the essential criteria, core competencies behaviour and skills listed in the role profile and be able to demonstrate a proven track record of delivering outcomes for vulnerable adults; and knowledge and experience of working in the field of mental health and wellbeing.

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Workplace Trainer

  • Full time
  • £26,993 – £29,568
  • Scotland
  • Closing 3rd May 2021

Due to continuous growth in our workplace wellbeing area, SAMH are now recruiting to our Workplace team to help us improve Scotland’s mental health by training and building capacity in organisations to enable them to effectively supporting their staff needs around mental health and wellbeing.

Around since 1923, SAMH operates over 50 services in communities across Scotland providing mental health social care support, addictions and employment services, among others. These services, together with national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention, physical activity and sport; inform SAMH’s policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

The Workplace team supports this work through delivering training to organisations both big and small, helping them learn how to support the mental health of their staff.

You’ll deliver training in mental health and wellbeing to various organisations in order to inspire them and to support them to establish and sustain a culture of positive mental health in the workplace with our bespoke training products. You’ll also help us develop our materials, making sure they meet the needs of all of our clients.

You should be a highly experienced trainer, with good knowledge of mental health, able to deliver training face to face and on line and hold the attention of a group of busy people! You are confident to use technology, organised and flexible. You’ve developed great training that delivers the right outcomes, and you’re happy to deliver training to all levels of staff and management. Come and join us.

Benefits

Staff wellbeing is a priority at SAMH

As well as promoting a healthy work-life balance, we offer the following:

  • Annual leave 30 days (under 5 years service); 33 days (over 5 years service)
  • 4 days public holidays
  • Life cover 1.5 times annual salary
  • Learning and development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential support should you need it.
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Peer Support Worker

  • Part time
  • £18,135 pro-rata
  • Motherwell – although travel throughout North Lanarkshire will be required.
  • Closing 25th March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

For Scotland’s Mental Health

Expeerience Counts, North Lanarkshire

SAMH’s Peer Support Service introduces a new approach to working with people living in North Lanarkshire experiencing and recovering from mental health issues; focusing on individuals’ recovery through self-management and accessing naturally occurring resources in their communities.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Peer Support Worker, with appropriate skills experience and motivation who have their own lived experience of mental health issues and personal recovery.

The central aspect of the Peer Support Workers’ role will be developing effective and mutually empowering relationships with individuals. The relationship which will be negotiated by both parties will have a clearly stated focus and reason. Peer Support Workers will share their personal experiences in an intentional and professional way to empower individuals, instil confidence, trust and hope. Facilitated Group Work will also form a central aspect of the Peer Support Service and experience of using social media platforms is essential. You will be required to support service users to self manage their mental health. As this post will involve travel across various locations access to your own transport is desirable.

A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form

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IPS Team Manager

  • Part time
  • £28,945 pro-rata
  • Glasgow (Initially home based)
  • Closing 22nd March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years. Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our National Employment IPS (Individual Placement and Support) team’. Your experience in leading, managing and developing teams will enable you to lead, direct and support our IPS team.

This role is responsible for all aspects of people management including staff development, wellbeing and performance management. You’ll also work closely with our Contract Manager to support the team to ensure successful delivery of the service, meeting contractual and budget requirements. Your experience in mental health service and/or employability/welfare to work sector means you will have a strong understanding of the delivery requirements of the team. The Team Manager will directly report to the Head of Employment

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Bank Relief Support Worker

  • Part time
  • Sessional
  • Inverclyde
  • Closing 23rd March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances

We have opportunities available to join our bank relief pool in our Care at Home and Housing Support service in Inverclyde, to provide individual support to adults with a variety of complex needs, mental health, addictions and including ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage).

As a Bank Relief employee your duties will include; providing direct emotional and practical support, advice and encouragement in all areas of everyday living and to promote and enable independence, be recovery focussed, based on the principles of social inclusion. You will have a commitment to person centred approaches and enable individuals to achieve their outcomes.

The role can be challenging and rewarding at the same time and you will need good communication skills, patience, resilience, self-awareness and compassion. You should enjoy working with people, be enthusiastic and flexible in your approach which enables service to be delivered around the unique preferences, strengths and needs of the person.

It is desirable to have knowledge of mental health issues and an understand of the barriers and challenges this may present for people to successfully engage and sustain activities in their community. Knowledge and experience in supporting people with complex needs is desirable but not essential, as there is a range of learning and development tools provided within the role.

A variety of working hours will be available Monday to Sunday, between 9am and 5pm including working pattern of 4.30pm to 9.30pm.

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Support Worker 2

  • Full time
  • £18,135 – £19,566
  • Bathgate
  • Closing 25th March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

We have a vacancy for experienced support worker 2 based in Bathgate. As a key worker we expect you to establish positive relationships and offer practical and emotional support to the people who use our services and have severe and enduring mental health problems. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a mature and caring attitude and possess excellent listening and communication skills. You should already have extensive experience of working in the field of mental health or social care, and must be able to demonstrate a high degree of skill in report writing, assessing client need and developing professional support plans. SVQ Level II in Social Care or equivalent is highly desirable. Whatever your background, a flexible caring approach combined with good practical skills will be essential. Access to your own transport is required. You should be flexible in the hours you are available to work, which may include weekends, and evenings.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form

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Support Worker 2

  • Full time or Part time
  • £18,135 – £19,566
  • NEWEL, Bathgate
  • Closing 23rd March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

We have a vacancy for experienced support worker 2 based in Bathgate. As a key worker we expect you to establish positive relationships and offer practical and emotional support to the people who use our services and have severe and enduring mental health problems. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a mature and caring attitude and possess excellent listening and communication skills. You should already have extensive experience of working in the field of mental health or social care, and must be able to demonstrate a high degree of skill in report writing, assessing client need and developing professional support plans, and Risk Assessments SVQ Level II in Social Care or equivalent is highly desirable. Whatever your background, a flexible caring approach combined with good practical skills are essential. Access to your own transport is required. You should be flexible in the hours you are available to work, which will include weekends, and evenings and occasionally spilt shifts to meet the needs to Service Users, you may also be asked to work in other services within SAMH, including services in Edinburgh and West Lothian.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form

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Support Worker 2

  • Full time
  • £18,135 – £19,566
  • Leith
  • Closing 5th April 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

We have a vacancy for an experienced support worker 2 based in the Leith Area of Edinburgh. As a key worker we expect you to establish positive relationships and offer practical and emotional support to the people who use our services and have severe and enduring mental health problems. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a mature and caring attitude and possess excellent listening and communication skills. You should already have extensive experience of working in the field of mental health or social care, and must be able to demonstrate a high degree of skill in report writing, assessing client need and developing professional support plans. SVQ Level II in Social Care or equivalent is highly desirable. Whatever your background, a flexible caring approach combined with good practical skills will be essential. You should be flexible in the hours you are available to work, which may include weekends, and evenings.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

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Practitioner - Fife

  • Full time
  • £18,135
  • Glenrothes & Kirkcaldy
  • Closing 31st March 2021

Around since 1923, SAMH is Scotland’s national mental health charity.

SAMH has represented the voice of people most affected by mental health problems in Scotland for more than 90 years.

Today, in over 60 communities we work with adults and young people providing mental health social care support, services in primary care, schools and further education, among others. These services together with our national programme work in See Me, respectme, suicide prevention and active living; inform our policy and campaign work to influence positive social change.

SAMH is dedicated to mental health and wellbeing for all: with a vision of a society where people are able to live their lives fully, regardless of present or past circumstances.

SAMH provides supported accommodation services in Fife. The services is run across two sites in Fife (Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy), and is registered as Care at Home with Housing support.

Practitioners provide direct support to individuals in homes and communities to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Support is focused on enabling people to build on their existing skills or develop new skills, increase their self-esteem and confidence, which in turn will encourage involvement and promote independence. This is achieved by using interpersonal and motivational skills to help an individual explore options, the possible outcomes/consequences and make an informed choice based on this.

You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature attitude together with adaptability and enthusiasm. Knowledge and experience in supporting people with mental health problems is desirable as is experience working with people who have had long term hospital admissions.

As this post will involve a variety of shift patterns including sleepovers, evening and weekends and on-calls. You will be flexible in the hours and shifts you are available to work.

Applications are welcome from people who have experienced mental health difficulties. A PVG check is required for this post, along with a Right to Work in the UK check. Candidates will also be required to provide proof of qualifications declared on the application form.

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DBI Practitioner

  • Full time or Part time
  • £21,178
  • Home Based (subject to review)
  • Closing 31st March 2021

SAMH are looking to recruit DBI practitioners to provide a Level 2 DBI service to Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Inverclyde In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Scottish Government has announced an extension to the programme of Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) across Scotland. The extended programme will be available to support people whose mental health has been impacted as a result of the pandemic.

A Distress Brief Intervention is a time limited and supportive, problem solving contact with an individual in distress and is a two-level approach. DBI level 1 is provided by staff in the mental health hub in NHS 24 and involves a compassionate response, signposting and offer of referral to a DBI level 2 service.

DBI level 2 is provided by trained SAMH staff who receive referrals via NHS 24. The DBI Practitioner will contact the person within 24-hours of referral and provide compassionate, problem solving support, wellness and distress management planning, supported connections and signposting for a period of up to 14 days.

The position will involve a variety of shift patterns including evenings and weekends, and you will be required to be flexible in the hours you are available. As this secondment may be part time, any remaining contracted hours would be fulfilled in your current substantive post. Consideration will be given if your current service can accommodate this arrangement and would require your line manager’s support.

This post will be home based during the current government restrictions, however knowledge of local resources, support and service is vital in the delivery of this service. You will be provided with Level 2 DBI training. You will also be provided with a laptop and smart phone to allow you to work remotely.

This is a challenging and exciting opportunity to make a difference to peoples’ lives and support them to achieve their identified outcomes. You will be able to demonstrate good communication skills and a mature and compassionate attitude together with adaptability and enthusiasm. Knowledge and experience in supporting people with mental health problems is essential.

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