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Breathing Space Day


Today is Breathing Space Day, Scotland's annual mental wellbeing awareness day.

This year's new theme, 'You Matter, We Care', was launched at Scotland's Rural College in Dumfries.


Scotland is known as one of the friendliest countries in the world, famed for our warmth of welcome. Breathing Space is encouraging Scots to live up to this reputation, and look out for others.

Tony McLaren, National Coordinator of Breathing Space, said:

"We receive many calls to our helpline from people who are going through a stage in their life where they may be feeling isolated, lonely or unheard. Perhaps it's a neighbour a couple of doors down, a work colleague you don't know well, or someone you pass in the street regularly.

You can make a positive difference by reaching out and living up to that Scottish spirit. Kindness, compassion and positive relationships not only help us to more readily notice signs of distress in others but can also make a big difference to our own mental wellbeing."

Watch Breathing Space's new video to find out more:


Photo on front Carousel: Newmains United show their support for Breathing Space Day. Photo credit: Gerry McWilliams