Parliamentary event

Breathing Space were delighted to mark the end of Scotland's Year of Listening last week with an event at the Scottish Parliament sponsored by Kenneth Gibson MSP.

The evening provided an opportunity to review the many activities which had taken place over the course of the year, alongside some of the individuals and organisations who have been involved in promoting listening skills for better mental health in Scotland.

The evening featured speeches by Kenneth Gibson MSP, Esther Roberton (NHS 24, Chair), Maureen Watt MSP (Minister for Mental Health) and Tony McLaren (Breathing Space National Coordinator), with music and an awards celebration taking place.

The evening also provided an opportunity to highlight the excellent work of Breathing Space and Living Life phoneline staff and raise awareness of the new 52 Weeks of Kindness campaign.

Here is a poster format Summary of the Year and an insight into what listening means to people across Scotland.

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Tony McLaren (Breathing Space National Coordinator), Kenneth Gibson MSP and Esther Robertson (NHS 24, Chair) at the event

 

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Maureen Watt MSP (Minister for Mental Health) showing her support for the 52 Weeks of Kindness campaign

 

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Rosie Baillie, who won the Year of Listening Competition Short Story category, receiving her certificate from John McCormack from the Scottish Recovery Network