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YoL 2016 Pledge Board

  Pledge your support to promote listening for better mental health in Scotland To be added to the pledge board, email your Year of Listening quote with your first name or organisation. Don't forget to take a look at our YoL Information Pack for ideas and materials to promote listening and listening skills.     "When hearing is the sense you absolutely rely on because you can't see, then you know the importance of listening; just as we know the importance of listening to what blind and parti...

 
Pledge your support to promote listening for better mental health in Scotland
To be added to the pledge board, email your Year of Listening quote with your first name or organisation. Don't forget to take a look at our YoL Information Pack for ideas and materials to promote listening and listening skills.
 




 
"When hearing is the sense you absolutely rely on because you can't see, then you know the importance of listening; just as we know the importance of listening to what blind and parti...

It's the Year of Listening

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' (YoL) will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening? Could you be a better listener? Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. The YoL is an opportunity for us all to demonstrate our commitment to be better listeners. Whether you are a friend, parent, sibling, spou...

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' (YoL) will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health
We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening? Could you be a better listener?
Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. The YoL is an opportunity for us all to demonstrate our commitment to be better listeners. Whether you are a friend, parent, sibling, spou...

Positive Steps Programme

Are you looking for a supportive environment to explore yourself, connect with others and gain essential skills? Positive Steps Partnership is a registered charity supporting social health irrespective of gender, race, culture, beliefs or sexual orientation. STEP (Shared Thinking Empowerment Project) is a nine week self-development programme. STEP aims to tackle social isolation amongst vulnerable adults by using an action learning process in a group work setting. The workshops are fun, interact...

Are you looking for a supportive environment to explore yourself, connect with others and gain essential skills?
Positive Steps Partnership is a registered charity supporting social health irrespective of gender, race, culture, beliefs or sexual orientation.
STEP (Shared Thinking Empowerment Project) is a nine week self-development programme.
STEP aims to tackle social isolation amongst vulnerable adults by using an action learning process in a group work setting. The workshops are fun, interact...

Relationships Scotland YoL Guest Blog

This Year of Listening guest blog post is from Rosanne Cubitt, Head of Professional Practice, Relationships Scotland Are you listening to me? How often do we say this to our partners or our children?  And how often do we think this with friends and colleagues?  How do we know if we are really being heard?  What makes us think someone is really listening? Communication is not just about speaking!  Listening, with the genuine intention of seeking understanding, is a key component of effective comm...

This Year of Listening guest blog post is from Rosanne Cubitt, Head of Professional Practice, Relationships Scotland
Are you listening to me?
How often do we say this to our partners or our children?  And how often do we think this with friends and colleagues?  How do we know if we are really being heard?  What makes us think someone is really listening?
Communication is not just about speaking!  Listening, with the genuine intention of seeking understanding, is a key component of effective comm...

Stress Control Classes

Learn helpful stress control techniques Free stress control classes are available throughout January-March in a variety of venues across Lanarkshire. The classes help develop skills and techniques to manage common issues caused by modern day living such as stress, anxiety or low confidence. Find out more here. To find your nearest class and book a free place phone 0300 303 0447 or email.

Learn helpful stress control techniques
Free stress control classes are available throughout January-March in a variety of venues across Lanarkshire. The classes help develop skills and techniques to manage common issues caused by modern day living such as stress, anxiety or low confidence. Find out more here.
To find your nearest class and book a free place phone 0300 303 0447 or email.

Year of Listening 2016

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' (YoL) will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health. Listening is the foundation of good communication Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. Being listened to helps us to feel 'connected', contributing to improved feelings of self-worth, self-confidence and happiness. Listening to our own thoughts and feelings is also importan...

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' (YoL) will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health.
Listening is the foundation of good communication
Relationships and friendships, where we feel listened to, can have a huge positive impact on our sense of wellbeing. Being listened to helps us to feel 'connected', contributing to improved feelings of self-worth, self-confidence and happiness.
Listening to our own thoughts and feelings is also importan...

Anti-Bullying Week

Anti-Bullying Week (16th-20th Nov) aims to encourage people to speak up about bullying Respect Me are Scotland's anti-bullying service and have developed a range of resources for adults, children and young people which offer practical advice and guidance on a range of anti-bullying issues. Respect Me's publication for parents and carers can be found here: 'Bullying...a guide for parents and carers' If you would like emotional support, you can contact our advisors at Breathing Space on 0800 83 85...

Anti-Bullying Week (16th-20th Nov) aims to encourage people to speak up about bullying
Respect Me are Scotland's anti-bullying service and have developed a range of resources for adults, children and young people which offer practical advice and guidance on a range of anti-bullying issues.
Respect Me's publication for parents and carers can be found here: 'Bullying...a guide for parents and carers'
If you would like emotional support, you can contact our advisors at Breathing Space on 0800 83 85...

Helpline services survey

Researchers in Psychology at the University of Dundee are interested in how people in Scotland use telephone helplines to deal with mental health problems and emotional distress. They aim to determine the reasons why people use these resources, as well as any barriers to their use. They are asking potential participants to complete a short online survey about their use of helplines. If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr Moore on f.moore@dundee.ac.uk.

Researchers in Psychology at the University of Dundee are interested in how people in Scotland use telephone helplines to deal with mental health problems and emotional distress.
They aim to determine the reasons why people use these resources, as well as any barriers to their use. They are asking potential participants to complete a short online survey about their use of helplines.
If you have any questions about the research, please contact Dr Moore on f.moore@dundee.ac.uk.

Stress Awareness Day

It's National Stress Awareness Day today. Do you or someone you know experience stress regularly? Money worries, relationships, work issues and exams are all areas of our lives where stress can become a problem. Ignoring problems over the longer-term can lead to ill-health. Common symptoms of stress include low self-esteem, constant worrying, racing thoughts, drinking more, temper outbursts and forgetfulness. Physical symptoms can include headaches, sweating and muscle tension. The good news is ...

It's National Stress Awareness Day today. Do you or someone you know experience stress regularly?
Money worries, relationships, work issues and exams are all areas of our lives where stress can become a problem. Ignoring problems over the longer-term can lead to ill-health.
Common symptoms of stress include low self-esteem, constant worrying, racing thoughts, drinking more, temper outbursts and forgetfulness. Physical symptoms can include headaches, sweating and muscle tension.
The good news is ...

Year of Listening 2016 October

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health. We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening? Could you be a better listener? Active listening can help break down barriers In any conversation it can sometimes be difficult to truly focus on what the speaker is saying.  We may become distracted or our thoughts turn to our own anecdotes and response. Active listening is a skill whereby ...

Scotland's 'Year of Listening' will  raise awareness throughout 2016 that listening, and being listened to, is good for your mental health.
We like to think we are good listeners but are we really listening?
Could you be a better listener?
Active listening can help break down barriers
In any conversation it can sometimes be difficult to truly focus on what the speaker is saying.  We may become distracted or our thoughts turn to our own anecdotes and response.
Active listening is a skill whereby ...

Breathing Space 10K

Well done to all who participated in the Breathing Space Callander 10K on Saturday 10th October! Organisers Skidaddle and Breathing Space joined together to promote positive mental health through physical fitness. Taking a circular tour around Callander, the 10K took participants past the historic town centre, rivers, hills and forest trails. The route consists of approximately 60% trails and 40% tarmac. Results and more photos from the event are available now.

Well done to all who participated in the Breathing Space Callander 10K on Saturday 10th October!
Organisers Skidaddle and Breathing Space joined together to promote positive mental health through physical fitness.

Taking a circular tour around Callander, the 10K took participants past the historic town centre, rivers, hills and forest trails. The route consists of approximately 60% trails and 40% tarmac.


Results and more photos from the event are available now.

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October The theme for this year's awareness day is 'Dignity in Mental Health' and looks at what can be done to ensure people with mental health problems can live with dignity. With this theme, the World Federation for Mental Health aims to show how dignity can be provided in all aspects of mental health. In terms of mental health disorders, we may think of dignity in treatment and care. Care which encompasses the present stage of an illness but which a...

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10th October
The theme for this year's awareness day is 'Dignity in Mental Health' and looks at what can be done to ensure people with mental health problems can live with dignity.
With this theme, the World Federation for Mental Health aims to show how dignity can be provided in all aspects of mental health.
In terms of mental health disorders, we may think of dignity in treatment and care. Care which encompasses the present stage of an illness but which a...

Find your Breathing Space...Skidaddle!

Skidaddle and Breathing Space have come together to emphasise the relationship between Physical and Mental Health Exercise has been proven to help people affected by low mood, anxiety and depression but it can also help prevent people feeling low in the first place. With obesity related illnesses and mental ill-health remaining two major challenges in Scotland, Breathing Space and Skidaddle have joined together to promote positive mental health through physical fitness. Breathing Space is a nati...

Skidaddle and Breathing Space have come together to emphasise the relationship between Physical and Mental Health
Exercise has been proven to help people affected by low mood, anxiety and depression but it can also help prevent people feeling low in the first place. With obesity related illnesses and mental ill-health remaining two major challenges in Scotland, Breathing Space and Skidaddle have joined together to promote positive mental health through physical fitness.
Breathing Space is a nati...

Research Studies

Two psychology students at the University of Dundee, Charlotte Elliott and Shauna Donaldson, supervised by Dr Fhionna Moore, have been looking at issues of emotional distress and suicide in Scottish men. For her MSc research, Charlotte tested whether there are ‘macho’ stereotypes of Scottish men which subject them to greater stress and make them less likely to seek help and which, in turn, damage their mental well-being. She conducted a UK-wide online survey which asked men about their perceptio...

Two psychology students at the University of Dundee, Charlotte Elliott and Shauna Donaldson, supervised by Dr Fhionna Moore, have been looking at issues of emotional distress and suicide in Scottish men.
For her MSc research, Charlotte tested whether there are ‘macho’ stereotypes of Scottish men which subject them to greater stress and make them less likely to seek help and which, in turn, damage their mental well-being.
She conducted a UK-wide online survey which asked men about their perceptio...

Moving minds

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015 opens with Moving Minds, a day celebrating diversity and wellbeing in our community brought to you by VOX. Experience dance, music, film, a fashion show, interactive stall, a guidedtour and other creative activities all exploring the theme of passion. Saturday 10th October10am - 4pmKelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumFREE, book at jsteel@mentalhealth.org.uk or drop in. Find out more here or at www.mhfestival.com  

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival 2015 opens with Moving Minds, a day celebrating diversity and wellbeing in our community brought to you by VOX.
Experience dance, music, film, a fashion show, interactive stall, a guidedtour and other creative activities all exploring the theme of passion.
Saturday 10th October10am - 4pmKelvingrove Art Gallery and MuseumFREE, book at jsteel@mentalhealth.org.uk or drop in.
Find out more here or at www.mhfestival.com
 

Scottish Recovery Network short film

Short animated film from the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) Find out what the SRN mean by recovery and the work which is being done in Scotland to achieve the goal of mental health recovery for all.  

Short animated film from the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN)
Find out what the SRN mean by recovery and the work which is being done in Scotland to achieve the goal of mental health recovery for all.
 

COSCA Survey

COSCA Survey on the Accessibility of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland The availability of face to face counselling and psychotherapy varies depending on where people live in Scotland. In some parts services are very limited, with people having to wait for long time or travel a long distance to find a suitable service. With regard to telephone and online counselling, where people live is not as important as their access to technologies including phones, the internet etc. This survey invi...

COSCA Survey on the Accessibility of Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland
The availability of face to face counselling and psychotherapy varies depending on where people live in Scotland. In some parts services are very limited, with people having to wait for long time or travel a long distance to find a suitable service. With regard to telephone and online counselling, where people live is not as important as their access to technologies including phones, the internet etc. This survey invi...

Going Higher in Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland launch national campaign to support students. The campaign aims to raise awareness of young adult carers and the issues they experience. Following research undertaken by Carers Trust, it was found that student carers were four times more likely to drop out of Higher Education than those without caring responsibilities. With the 'Going Higher in Scotland' campaign, Carers Trust Scotland is asking universities to:• Identify the number of student carers attending their univers...

Carers Trust Scotland launch national campaign to support students. The campaign aims to raise awareness of young adult carers and the issues they experience.
Following research undertaken by Carers Trust, it was found that student carers were four times more likely to drop out of Higher Education than those without caring responsibilities.
With the 'Going Higher in Scotland' campaign, Carers Trust Scotland is asking universities to:• Identify the number of student carers attending their univers...

Suicide Prevention Week

It's Suicide Prevention Week this week (7th-13th September), with World Suicide Preventation Day taking place on 10th September. The 'Read Between the Lines' campaign calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in their friends, family and workmates. The message is if you're worried about someone, asking directly about their feelings can help to save their life.      If you'd like to talk to someone at Breathing Space, call free on 0800 83 85 87.      

It's Suicide Prevention Week this week (7th-13th September), with World Suicide Preventation Day taking place on 10th September.
The 'Read Between the Lines' campaign calls on everyone to be alert to the warning signs of suicide in their friends, family and workmates.
The message is if you're worried about someone, asking directly about their feelings can help to save their life.
  
 
 
If you'd like to talk to someone at Breathing Space, call free on 0800 83 85 87.
 
 
 

NHS Living Life Day

It's NHS Living Life Day today, 25th August, which is the date the NHS Living Life phoneline service was launched 7 years ago. NHS Living Life is funded by the Scottish Government and NHS 24 to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Guided Self Help to the people of Scotland who present with mild to moderate issues of stress and anxiety. It provides this appointment based service free of charge between the hours of 1pm till 9pm Monday to Friday. The theme for Living Life Day is 'Make your day...

It's NHS Living Life Day today, 25th August, which is the date the NHS Living Life phoneline service was launched 7 years ago.
NHS Living Life is funded by the Scottish Government and NHS 24 to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Guided Self Help to the people of Scotland who present with mild to moderate issues of stress and anxiety. It provides this appointment based service free of charge between the hours of 1pm till 9pm Monday to Friday.
The theme for Living Life Day is 'Make your day...

Art of conversation

It's World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September. The Art of Conversation is a guide to talking about suicide, aimed at professionals. The booklet includes sections on the myths and the signs of suicide, spotting the signs and helping, and advice on starting difficult conversations. It aims to help the reader be a good listener, details training courses and includes other available resources that are in place across Scotland and the rest of the UK. See the booklet here.    

It's World Suicide Prevention Day on 10th September. The Art of Conversation is a guide to talking about suicide, aimed at professionals.
The booklet includes sections on the myths and the signs of suicide, spotting the signs and helping, and advice on starting difficult conversations.
It aims to help the reader be a good listener, details training courses and includes other available resources that are in place across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
See the booklet here.
 
 

Get Walking Lanarkshire

 'Get Walking Lanarkshire' is a project which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Lanarkshire's residents by getting more people walking more often. Walking has great benefits for health and wellbeing. Get Walking Lanarkshire is a partnership project between Paths for All, North and South Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire, which supports existing health walks, establishes new local groups and supports and trains volunteer walk leaders.  To find out more about the initiative visit G...

 'Get Walking Lanarkshire' is a project which aims to improve the health and wellbeing of Lanarkshire's residents by getting more people walking more often.
Walking has great benefits for health and wellbeing. Get Walking Lanarkshire is a partnership project between Paths for All, North and South Lanarkshire Council and NHS Lanarkshire, which supports existing health walks, establishes new local groups and supports and trains volunteer walk leaders. 
To find out more about the initiative visit G...

Write to recovery

Writing your own personal journey about recovery can help you see how many challenges you have overcome along the way. 'Write to recovery' is a story-sharing website which uses the power of story-telling to support personal recovery. The website was developed by the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), an organisation which promotes and supports recovery from mental health problems. It is now over a year since the launch of the website and there are over 400 authors registered and more than 170 stor...

Writing your own personal journey about recovery can help you see how many challenges you have overcome along the way.
'Write to recovery' is a story-sharing website which uses the power of story-telling to support personal recovery. The website was developed by the Scottish Recovery Network (SRN), an organisation which promotes and supports recovery from mental health problems. It is now over a year since the launch of the website and there are over 400 authors registered and more than 170 stor...

Exam results

Whether you are studying at school, college or university you may be awaiting or have recently received your exam results. If your results are not what you expected, the advice is 'don't panic' as there are lots of options available and organisations there to help. We have listed some useful websites you can turn to for specific information and advice on exams. You can also talk to our advisors at Breathing Space if you are feeling anxious or stressed.  SQA Candidate Advice Line - general inform...

Whether you are studying at school, college or university you may be awaiting or have recently received your exam results.
If your results are not what you expected, the advice is 'don't panic' as there are lots of options available and organisations there to help. We have listed some useful websites you can turn to for specific information and advice on exams. You can also talk to our advisors at Breathing Space if you are feeling anxious or stressed. 
SQA Candidate Advice Line - general inform...

Healthy Working Lives

Healthy Working Lives and NHS Living Life are working in partnership to promote good mental health and wellbeing in workplaces. NHS Living Life is an appointment-based service which offers telephone support to anyone experiencing low mood, stress or anxiety. The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives help employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce. Tony McLaren, Living Life National Coordinator said: "The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives are experts in understan...

Healthy Working Lives and NHS Living Life are working in partnership to promote good mental health and wellbeing in workplaces.
NHS Living Life is an appointment-based service which offers telephone support to anyone experiencing low mood, stress or anxiety. The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives help employers create a safer, healthier and more motivated workforce.
Tony McLaren, Living Life National Coordinator said:
"The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives are experts in understan...

5-a-side Football Tournament

This year's Suicide Prevention Week (SPW) 5-a-side football tournament is on Wednesday 9th September 2015. The tournament takes place at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, with the deadline for submitting a team on 30 August. More information in the website or flyer below:  SPW 5's Flyer   

This year's Suicide Prevention Week (SPW) 5-a-side football tournament is on Wednesday 9th September 2015.
The tournament takes place at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, with the deadline for submitting a team on 30 August. More information in the website or flyer below:
 SPW 5's Flyer 
 

Breathing Space Callander 10K

The Breathing Space Callander 10K takes place on Sat 10th October. Taking a circular tour around Callander past the historic town centre, rivers, hills and forest trails, it is the perfect family day out.  Find out more here.  

The Breathing Space Callander 10K takes place on Sat 10th October.
Taking a circular tour around Callander past the historic town centre, rivers, hills and forest trails, it is the perfect family day out. 
Find out more here.
 

DB12

DB12Run is a group for people with or without Diabetes wanting to jog and meet new friends. Find out more here.

DB12Run is a group for people with or without Diabetes wanting to jog and meet new friends.
Find out more here.

MH Cycle

Three men from Giffnock took to the saddle at the end of May to help promote the benefits of cycling on mental wellbeing. Ed Smith, Tony McLaren and John Carruthers cycled on a two day roundtrip from Plockton in Lochalsh via Edinbane on the Isle of Skye, taking in 120 miles. The trio were warmly welcomed by the Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association on their travels.  

Three men from Giffnock took to the saddle at the end of May to help promote the benefits of cycling on mental wellbeing.
Ed Smith, Tony McLaren and John Carruthers cycled on a two day roundtrip from Plockton in Lochalsh via Edinbane on the Isle of Skye, taking in 120 miles. The trio were warmly welcomed by the Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association on their travels.
 

See Me Community Champions

See Me, Scotland's programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, want to recruit Community Champions who can take action to challenge discrimination in their local area. They are currently looking for local Champions in South East Scotland and the Highlands & Islands who can identify where discrimination exists and take action to change it. If you are interested becoming a Community Champion find out more here.

See Me, Scotland's programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, want to recruit Community Champions who can take action to challenge discrimination in their local area.
They are currently looking for local Champions in South East Scotland and the Highlands & Islands who can identify where discrimination exists and take action to change it.
If you are interested becoming a Community Champion find out more here.

SHA

The Scottish Huntington's Association (SHA) is a charity which provides specialist support services to families affected by Huntington's Disease (HD). HD is an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain, eventually leading to pyschiatric problems and difficulties with behaviour, feeding, communication and movement. Find out more about HD here. Breathing Space and SHA are partner organisations, with Breathing Space able to offer out-of-hours emotional support to those affected by H...

The Scottish Huntington's Association (SHA) is a charity which provides specialist support services to families affected by Huntington's Disease (HD).
HD is an inherited condition that damages nerve cells in the brain, eventually leading to pyschiatric problems and difficulties with behaviour, feeding, communication and movement. Find out more about HD here.
Breathing Space and SHA are partner organisations, with Breathing Space able to offer out-of-hours emotional support to those affected by H...

Carers Week 2015

Carers Week is on 8th-14th June, with this year's campaign focusing on recognising the vital role carers play in communities. You can get involved in one of the many events taking place for Carers Week and pledge your support. Here are some key stats about carers from our partners Carers Trust Scotland: 3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK There are around 759,000 carers aged 16+ in Scotland - 17% of the adult population There are 36,821 carers aged under 25 in Sc...

Carers Week is on 8th-14th June, with this year's campaign focusing on recognising the vital role carers play in communities.
You can get involved in one of the many events taking place for Carers Week and pledge your support.
Here are some key stats about carers from our partners Carers Trust Scotland:

3 in 5 people will be carers at some point in their lives in the UK
There are around 759,000 carers aged 16+ in Scotland - 17% of the adult population
There are 36,821 carers aged under 25 in Sc...

Mental Health Cycle for Scot

Three men from Giffnock will be cycling 120 miles in two days to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling on mental wellbeing. Ed Smith, Tony McLaren and John Carruthers will be taking to the saddle on 23rd-24th May, beginning in Plockton in Lochalsh and cycling on a route around the Isle of Skye. The trio will be ably supported by their friend Jean-Charles Sibille, who will be driving the support vehicle. Tony said: "We're looking forward to meeting as many people as we can on the route and g...

Three men from Giffnock will be cycling 120 miles in two days to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling on mental wellbeing.
Ed Smith, Tony McLaren and John Carruthers will be taking to the saddle on 23rd-24th May, beginning in Plockton in Lochalsh and cycling on a route around the Isle of Skye. The trio will be ably supported by their friend Jean-Charles Sibille, who will be driving the support vehicle.
Tony said: "We're looking forward to meeting as many people as we can on the route and g...

University of Dundee Research

A research report from the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee has tested for relationships between rates of calls to Breathing Space and suicide rates across Scotland over time.  Social and physical environmental variables such as the weather, socioeconomic deprivation, and population density were investigated. Read an executive summary of the report here. Your feedback on this research is very welcome through this short survey.  

A research report from the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee has tested for relationships between rates of calls to Breathing Space and suicide rates across Scotland over time. 
Social and physical environmental variables such as the weather, socioeconomic deprivation, and population density were investigated. Read an executive summary of the report here.
Your feedback on this research is very welcome through this short survey.
 

Enjoy walking

Glasgow Communities is offering free walks for anyone who would like to get out, meet new people and explore Glasgow's parks and gardens. Brought to you by the Good Move team, the walks are a fun and sociable way to take up walking and get outdoors. Find out more here  

Glasgow Communities is offering free walks for anyone who would like to get out, meet new people and explore Glasgow's parks and gardens.
Brought to you by the Good Move team, the walks are a fun and sociable way to take up walking and get outdoors.
Find out more here
 

Depression Awareness Week

There are lots of ways to get involved for Depression Awareness Week (20th-26th April). The charity Depression Alliance, are encouraging people to raise awareness, fundraise or enter their 'Friend in Need Awards' this April. Find out more about what you can do here.   

There are lots of ways to get involved for Depression Awareness Week (20th-26th April).
The charity Depression Alliance, are encouraging people to raise awareness, fundraise or enter their 'Friend in Need Awards' this April. Find out more about what you can do here. 
 

Keeping Well at work

Through a new partnership with Healthy Working Lives, NHS Living Life, a service which provides appointment-based telephone support to anyone experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety, is being promoted to workplaces across Scotland. Tony McLaren, Living Life National Coordinator said: "The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives are experts in understanding, protecting and improving the health of employees. Being able to work together to raise awareness of Living Life is ...

Through a new partnership with Healthy Working Lives, NHS Living Life, a service which provides appointment-based telephone support to anyone experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety, is being promoted to workplaces across Scotland.
Tony McLaren, Living Life National Coordinator said:
"The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives are experts in understanding, protecting and improving the health of employees. Being able to work together to raise awareness of Living Life is ...

SafeSpot

SafeSpot uses digital technology to bring together personalised coping strategies and techniques and easy access to crisis numbers and emergency contacts in a single mobile resource. The free App was developed by Dr Mallika Punukollu and Dr Fiona Mitchell who are Specialist Registrars in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Honorary Clinical Lecturers at the University of Glasgow. The app helps people to manage stress in a positive and helpful way and includes links to services and other resource...

SafeSpot uses digital technology to bring together personalised coping strategies and techniques and easy access to crisis numbers and emergency contacts in a single mobile resource.
The free App was developed by Dr Mallika Punukollu and Dr Fiona Mitchell who are Specialist Registrars in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Honorary Clinical Lecturers at the University of Glasgow.
The app helps people to manage stress in a positive and helpful way and includes links to services and other resource...

Raising Awareness

Working in partnership to improve mental health and wellbeing Through a partnership with the British Transport Police, Breathing Space are handing out pocketcards and other mental wellbeing information alongside British Transport Police officers at stations across Scotland, including Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Waverley and Perth throughout March.  

Working in partnership to improve mental health and wellbeing
Through a partnership with the British Transport Police, Breathing Space are handing out pocketcards and other mental wellbeing information alongside British Transport Police officers at stations across Scotland, including Glasgow Central, Glasgow Queen Street, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Waverley and Perth throughout March.
 

Tune in

Thought provoking radio sketches exploring the realities of living with mental ill-health will be aired this month (16th-31st March). The ACUMEN (Advancing Community Understanding of Mental and Emotional Needs) drama group are using real life examples of stigma and discrimination they have seen and experienced to create the engaging sketches. The work is funded by See Me, Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination. The scenes, and interviews with the cast to dis...

Thought provoking radio sketches exploring the realities of living with mental ill-health will be aired this month (16th-31st March).
The ACUMEN (Advancing Community Understanding of Mental and Emotional Needs) drama group are using real life examples of stigma and discrimination they have seen and experienced to create the engaging sketches. The work is funded by See Me, Scotland's national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination.
The scenes, and interviews with the cast to dis...

Outside the box

Outside the Box Development Support offers training, advice and assistance to people in Scotland who want to make changes. The Wisdom in Practice project aims to build on the skills, knowledge and confidence of older people to enable you to develop services led by older people. Circles of Support is an initiative to bring together community-based support for someone who needs some extra help and their carers. Find out more here.  

Outside the Box Development Support offers training, advice and assistance to people in Scotland who want to make changes.
The Wisdom in Practice project aims to build on the skills, knowledge and confidence of older people to enable you to develop services led by older people.
Circles of Support is an initiative to bring together community-based support for someone who needs some extra help and their carers. Find out more here.
 

NHS Living Life

NHS Living Life is a free phone service, providing support to anyone experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety. Living Life is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and offers two types of telephone support: Guided Self-help Self-help coaches guide individuals over the phone through self-help workbooks, to help them understand some of the reasons why they are feeling low or anxious. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Therapists support individuals over a series of tel...

NHS Living Life is a free phone service, providing support to anyone experiencing low mood, mild/moderate depression and/or anxiety.
Living Life is based on a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach and offers two types of telephone support:
Guided Self-help
Self-help coaches guide individuals over the phone through self-help workbooks, to help them understand some of the reasons why they are feeling low or anxious.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Therapists support individuals over a series of tel...

National Confidential Forum

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has been set up to allow people who spent time in institutional care as children to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are.  By taking part, participants will contribute to the Forum’s understanding of what it was like to be a child in care in Scotland. All hearings, where people tell of their experiences, are confidential and non-judgemental and aim to contribute positively toward the health and wellbeing of participants. The role...

The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has been set up to allow people who spent time in institutional care as children to come forward and share their experiences, whatever they are. 
By taking part, participants will contribute to the Forum’s understanding of what it was like to be a child in care in Scotland.
All hearings, where people tell of their experiences, are confidential and non-judgemental and aim to contribute positively toward the health and wellbeing of participants. The role...

Mental health welfare survey

Survey available looking at the impact of welfare reforms on people in Scotland with mental health problems.  The Scottish Mental Health Partnership is a group of organisations working in the mental health field in Scotland. The partnership is hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland and membership includes SAMH, the Scottish Recovery Network, Breathing Space, Penumbra, Bipolar Scotland and many others. The partnership is conducting a survey looking at the impact of welfare reforms ...

Survey available looking at the impact of welfare reforms on people in Scotland with mental health problems. 
The Scottish Mental Health Partnership is a group of organisations working in the mental health field in Scotland. The partnership is hosted by the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scotland and membership includes SAMH, the Scottish Recovery Network, Breathing Space, Penumbra, Bipolar Scotland and many others.
The partnership is conducting a survey looking at the impact of welfare reforms ...

LGBT history month

LGBT history month this February aims to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. The charity Stonewall, partners of Breathing Space, marked LGBT History month this year through work with schools, local authorities, celebrities and workplaces to celebrate LGBT history and share their defining LGBT moment in LGBT history. LGBT History Month packs, which contain information on historic LGBT achievements have been sent to over 1,000 schools and local authorities. More informati...

LGBT history month this February aims to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public.
The charity Stonewall, partners of Breathing Space, marked LGBT History month this year through work with schools, local authorities, celebrities and workplaces to celebrate LGBT history and share their defining LGBT moment in LGBT history. LGBT History Month packs, which contain information on historic LGBT achievements have been sent to over 1,000 schools and local authorities.
More informati...

A look back at Breathing Space Day 2015

The theme for Breathing Space Day 2015 was 'Stay connected' and encouraged Scots to look after their mental wellbeing through making connections with friends, family and the wider community. Here are a few of the activities which took place: The Breathing Space Advan started a tour of Grampian, beginning at Aberdeen International Airport and ending in Elgin   A 7-a-side football tournament took place for the Breathing Space Challenge cup, organised by Elgin FC NHS Grampian staff at Dr Gray's...

The theme for Breathing Space Day 2015 was 'Stay connected' and encouraged Scots to look after their mental wellbeing through making connections with friends, family and the wider community.
Here are a few of the activities which took place:

The Breathing Space Advan started a tour of Grampian, beginning at Aberdeen International Airport and ending in Elgin


 

A 7-a-side football tournament took place for the Breathing Space Challenge cup, organised by Elgin FC
NHS Grampian staff at Dr Gray's...

See Me

See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. The See Me Movement for Change brings together people from all over Scotland to challenge discrimination and enable people who experience mental health problems to live a fulfilled life. Anyone can tackle stigma and discrimination – help See Me reach their target of 10,000 active online voices and join their Movement for Change.  

See Me is Scotland's Programme to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination.
The See Me Movement for Change brings together people from all over Scotland to challenge discrimination and enable people who experience mental health problems to live a fulfilled life. Anyone can tackle stigma and discrimination – help See Me reach their target of 10,000 active online voices and join their Movement for Change.