FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday 12 September 2018
Hear the Person
New charity campaign speaks out
A hard-hitting campaign showing the real affects of stammering has been launched today (12th September) by the Scottish Stammering Network.
The campaign, called #HearThePerson, comprises six short films and confronts some of the toughest challenges people who stammer have to face.
Stammering is often treated as a disability people are still allowed to mock, with TV and film often characterising people who stammer in a negative way.
People who stammer can receive abuse on a daily basis. The Scottish Stammering Network reports that many of its group members have faced ridicule at work, at school and particularly online. This can have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem.
The Scottish Stammering Network – a charity registered in Scotland - gained backing from the Big Lottery Fund to produce the digital campaign. #HearThePerson aims to stand up to the bullies, by giving individuals a voice.
The Scottish Stammering Network is the only organisation in Scotland providing free long-term support to adults who stammer. There is no specific government funding given, and stammering therapy on the NHS is a postcode lottery, being provided by only some health boards.
In the first of the six videos, we meet John Macintosh, an English teacher, who reads an open letter to his late father about the heart-breaking reasons behind the decision not to speak at his funeral.
In the emotional film John Macintosh says:
“I let that whole day pass me by without a word, and worse, I pretended it was because there was nothing really to say. Why was I so completely unable to do what had to be done? Because of my stammer. I let it beat me again”
Other videos cover themes including being kicked off a course for having a stammer and the long-term impact of not having support as a child.
James Stewart, Chair of the Scottish Stammering Network, and star of one of the six short films, says:
“Stammering is a condition that is often overlooked in society and as a consequence people who stammer can struggle to have their voice heard. There is little awareness from the general public about what stammering is, and the devastating consequences it can have on someone’s life. Through our #HearThePerson campaign we aim to change this. Our campaign will highlight the person behind the stammer and bring to the fore their real-life experiences, told in their own words.”
Around 1% of all adults across the world are affected by stammering, with men being around four times more likely to stammer than women.
Issued by Electrify Marketing & Communications on behalf of the Scottish Stammering Network
For further information please contact:
Isabelle Salter, Electrify Marketing & Communications
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The Scottish Stammering Network started life as a support group in Glasgow in April 2012. The network runs free monthly support group meetings in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Fife. They also hold free open days with speakers and workshops throughout the year. The next open day is 20th October 2018 from 10am to 4pm at the Teacher Building in Glasgow.
The Scottish Stammering Network is a registered charity run by a committee of unpaid volunteers.
Scottish Registered Charity no. SC043815