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Hearing the voices of men in the Scottish Borders

The Scottish Borders Joint Health Improvement Team, together with local mental health charity Health in Mind, want to hear from you.  The survey below aims to understand men's experiences of mental health within the Scottish Borders with a view to using these to help shape and improve opportunities, support and access to the right things at the right time. Estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete, you can complete the survey anonymously and skip any questions you don't want to answer or that ...

The Scottish Borders Joint Health Improvement Team, together with local mental health charity Health in Mind, want to hear from you. 
The survey below aims to understand men's experiences of mental health within the Scottish Borders with a view to using these to help shape and improve opportunities, support and access to the right things at the right time.
Estimated to take 10-15 minutes to complete, you can complete the survey anonymously and skip any questions you don't want to answer or that ...

Be Kind, Reach Out, Coorie In

Breathing Space are really please to be a part of the Be Kind, Reach Out, Coorie In campaign. Let’s keep kindness alive this winter!  The Eden Project Communities have recognised that this winter is going to be a stange one but that kindness and community spirit will get us through it. Kindness Let's be kind to ourselves and each other - find out how your kindness can support your famly, neighbours and community. Mental health Everyone needs support sometimes - if you're struggling reach out to ...

Breathing Space are really please to be a part of the Be Kind, Reach Out, Coorie In campaign. Let’s keep kindness alive this winter! 
The Eden Project Communities have recognised that this winter is going to be a stange one but that kindness and community spirit will get us through it.
Kindness
Let's be kind to ourselves and each other - find out how your kindness can support your famly, neighbours and community.
Mental health
Everyone needs support sometimes - if you're struggling reach out to ...

Leaflets, posters, booklets

A number of electronic resources are available to download from this page or you can order free printed copies by emailing info@breathingspacescotland.co.uk.   Service resources Breathing Space Leaflet [A5, 577KB PDF] Breathing Space Poster [A4, 205KB PDF]   You Matter, We Care Campaign resources You Matter, We Care' is a campaign led by Breathing Space, to highlight the benefits kindness and positive relationships can have on our mental wellbeing.We'd love you to spread the #YouMatterWeCare mes...

A number of electronic resources are available to download from this page or you can order free printed copies by emailing info@breathingspacescotland.co.uk.
 
Service resources
Breathing Space Leaflet [A5, 577KB PDF]
Breathing Space Poster [A4, 205KB PDF]
 
You Matter, We Care Campaign resources
You Matter, We Care' is a campaign led by Breathing Space, to highlight the benefits kindness and positive relationships can have on our mental wellbeing.We'd love you to spread the #YouMatterWeCare mes...

Together Let's Care

You’re not alone with your mental health. We’re here to help you. This is the clear message from NHS 24, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance service as they launch a new campaign to support mental health and wellbeing for people across Scotland in time for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020. The Together Let’s Care for your Mental Health campaign aims to raise awareness of a range of mental health information and services that support mental health. It’s been developed to support ...

You’re not alone with your mental health. We’re here to help you.
This is the clear message from NHS 24, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance service as they launch a new campaign to support mental health and wellbeing for people across Scotland in time for World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2020.
The Together Let’s Care for your Mental Health campaign aims to raise awareness of a range of mental health information and services that support mental health. It’s been developed to support ...

New booklet available now!

Following our popular 'The Little Book of Brighter Days', we're delighted to introduce our next little booklet in the series. As part of Breathing Space's 'You Matter, We Care' campaign, our new booklet  is all about promoting kindness for better mental wellbeing. 'The Little Book of Caring Ways' explores the importance of maintaining good relationships and connections with others and how compassion, appreciation, random acts of kindness and empowerment can help us on this journey.  The booklet ...

Following our popular 'The Little Book of Brighter Days', we're delighted to introduce our next little booklet in the series.
As part of Breathing Space's 'You Matter, We Care' campaign, our new booklet  is all about promoting kindness for better mental wellbeing.
'The Little Book of Caring Ways' explores the importance of maintaining good relationships and connections with others and how compassion, appreciation, random acts of kindness and empowerment can help us on this journey. 
The booklet ...

Dystonia Awareness Month

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that is estimated to affect at least 100,000 people in the UK. It presents with uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle spasms triggered by incorrect signals from the brain. It is the 3rd most common movement disorder behind Parkinson’s and essential tremor yet many have never heard of it. This year, Dystonia UK are taking on the epic #DystoniaAroundTheWorld challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity. If you would like to get involved ...

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder that is estimated to affect at least 100,000 people in the UK.
It presents with uncontrollable and sometimes painful muscle spasms triggered by incorrect signals from the brain. It is the 3rd most common movement disorder behind Parkinson’s and essential tremor yet many have never heard of it.
This year, Dystonia UK are taking on the epic #DystoniaAroundTheWorld challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity. If you would like to get involved ...

Bereavement during COVID-19

Researchers at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol are conducting a survey which is looking at the grief experiences and support needs of people bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to take part or find out more, please use this link to the survey:https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-grief-experiences-and-support-needs-of-people-bereaved-2 Or e-mail harrope@cardiff.ac.uk to be sent further information about the study. 

Researchers at Cardiff University and the University of Bristol are conducting a survey which is looking at the grief experiences and support needs of people bereaved during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you would like to take part or find out more, please use this link to the survey:https://cardiff.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/the-grief-experiences-and-support-needs-of-people-bereaved-2 Or e-mail harrope@cardiff.ac.uk to be sent further information about the study. 

Virtual sessions for workplaces

Breathing Space have been involved in delivering virtual sessions to participants about the mental health support available from Breathing Space and other services. Lisa-Jane Dock, Breathing Space National Development Officer, explained further: "We are adapting to these changing times by working in partnership with organisations so that we can deliver information about Breathing Space and other mental health services remotely. For instance, our recent work with Genetic Alliance UK, meant we cou...

Breathing Space have been involved in delivering virtual sessions to participants about the mental health support available from Breathing Space and other services.
Lisa-Jane Dock, Breathing Space National Development Officer, explained further:
"We are adapting to these changing times by working in partnership with organisations so that we can deliver information about Breathing Space and other mental health services remotely. For instance, our recent work with Genetic Alliance UK, meant we cou...

Reconnecting with nature for better mental wellbeing

People of all ages and backgrounds benefit from getting close to nature. RSPB are the UK's largest conservation charity, with the aim of giving nature the home it deserves. RSPB Scotland look after 77 nature reserves, which are fantastic places to explore and reconnect with nature. As lockdown restrictions ease many of us will be going further afield to spend time outdoors. If you are planning a visit to a reserve please check before you go to see which facilities are open. The #MyWorldNow hasht...

People of all ages and backgrounds benefit from getting close to nature.
RSPB are the UK's largest conservation charity, with the aim of giving nature the home it deserves.
RSPB Scotland look after 77 nature reserves, which are fantastic places to explore and reconnect with nature. As lockdown restrictions ease many of us will be going further afield to spend time outdoors. If you are planning a visit to a reserve please check before you go to see which facilities are open.
The #MyWorldNow hasht...

Research study participants

A study conducted by the University of Glasgow will research impulsivity and aggression on suicide risk The research will use participants’ answers to questionnaire items to look for relationships between various psychological variables (e.g. mental health, impulsivity, aggression) and whether or not they have experienced suicidal feelings and behaviour. If you would like to take part or find out more follow the link here: https://glasgow-research.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/impulsivity-and-aggression-i...

A study conducted by the University of Glasgow will research impulsivity and aggression on suicide risk
The research will use participants’ answers to questionnaire items to look for relationships between various psychological variables (e.g. mental health, impulsivity, aggression) and whether or not they have experienced suicidal feelings and behaviour.
If you would like to take part or find out more follow the link here:
https://glasgow-research.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/impulsivity-and-aggression-i...

Online Conversation Cafes

The current COVID-19 situation means that we are all finding new ways to connect with each other. The Scottish Recovery Network are facilitating a number of online Conversation Cafes throughout June and July as a way to talk about our wellbeing. Here are the dates for booking: Lanarkshire (Tues 30th June) Ayrshire (Wed 1 July) Glasgow (daytime) (Thurs 2 July) Edinburgh (Tues 7 July) Glasgow (evening) (Wed 8 July) Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire (Thurs 9 July) Each café will run from 2p...

The current COVID-19 situation means that we are all finding new ways to connect with each other.
The Scottish Recovery Network are facilitating a number of online Conversation Cafes throughout June and July as a way to talk about our wellbeing.
Here are the dates for booking:

Lanarkshire (Tues 30th June)
Ayrshire (Wed 1 July)
Glasgow (daytime) (Thurs 2 July)
Edinburgh (Tues 7 July)
Glasgow (evening) (Wed 8 July)
Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire (Thurs 9 July)

Each café will run from 2p...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

This year's theme from the Mental Health Foundation is 'kindness'. At this challenging time, being kind to each other, and to ourselves, is more important than ever.  People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. Kindness has also been shown to reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing. Being kind to yourself Don't forget to be kind to yourself too. Life is difficult for many people right now, so try to celebrate the small things. Don't be too...

This year's theme from the Mental Health Foundation is 'kindness'.
At this challenging time, being kind to each other, and to ourselves, is more important than ever. 
People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. Kindness has also been shown to reduce stress and improve emotional wellbeing.
Being kind to yourself
Don't forget to be kind to yourself too. Life is difficult for many people right now, so try to celebrate the small things. Don't be too...

Free online Stress Control class

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then try these classes. ‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the...

Stress is a normal reaction to the rapidly changing and uncertain times we are all living in at the moment. If you are feeling a bit more stressed than usual and would like to learn some great ways, free-of-charge, to deal with common problems like anxiety, depression, panicky feelings, poor sleep and poor wellbeing then try these classes.
‘Stress Control’ is a six-session cognitive-behavioural therapy class used extensively in community-settings by the NHS (UK) and HSE (Ireland) and across the...

Coronavirus - what it means for you

A new national helpline has been set up by the Scottish government to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19. The service offers help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online. It is for those who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. This service is in addition to localised support alre...

A new national helpline has been set up by the Scottish government to provide essential assistance to those who don’t have a network of support but who are at high risk of contracting COVID-19.
The service offers help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online.
It is for those who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons.
This service is in addition to localised support alre...

Staying connected during the Coronavirus outbreak

Vulnerable and older people could be feeling more isolated and lonely over the coming weeks, with Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance advising people to limit social contact. Staying in touch, whilst protecting family, friends and loved ones is important and can make a big difference to people who are feeling alone at this time. For many, the telephone will be the easiest and most accessible way to keep in contact. Keeping in touch digitally, through video chat, whatsapp groups, instant messages o...

Vulnerable and older people could be feeling more isolated and lonely over the coming weeks, with Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance advising people to limit social contact.
Staying in touch, whilst protecting family, friends and loved ones is important and can make a big difference to people who are feeling alone at this time.
For many, the telephone will be the easiest and most accessible way to keep in contact. Keeping in touch digitally, through video chat, whatsapp groups, instant messages o...

Self-harm Awareness Day

Every year on 1st March, Young Minds, The Mix and selfharmUK work to increase education and challenge the stigma around self-harm. The message is to reach out for support - if you're self-harming it's ok to talk about how you're feeling and seek help. You can find out more about what self harm means and what to do if you are affected by it at Young Minds or SAMH. If you'd like to talk to someone, our Breathing Space advisors are available in the evenings and at the weekends on 0800 83 85 87. ...

Every year on 1st March, Young Minds, The Mix and selfharmUK work to increase education and challenge the stigma around self-harm.
The message is to reach out for support - if you're self-harming it's ok to talk about how you're feeling and seek help.
You can find out more about what self harm means and what to do if you are affected by it at Young Minds or SAMH.
If you'd like to talk to someone, our Breathing Space advisors are available in the evenings and at the weekends on 0800 83 85 87.
...

Random Acts of Kindness Day

S3 pupils from Trinity High School, Renfrew, tell us about their experiences of random acts of kindness and how it changes their outlook on life  

S3 pupils from Trinity High School, Renfrew, tell us about their experiences of random acts of kindness and how it changes their outlook on life

 

Anorexia & Bulimia Care

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) is a national UK eating disorders organisation with over 30 years of experience. Their Befriending Service provides personal support by linking people who are struggling with an eating disorder with those who are recovered. Volunteer Befrienders provide a weekly telephone call for approximately 6 months in order that a supportive relationship can be formed. The Befriending Service is designed to try and reduce feelings of isolation, to offer hope and to encourag...

Anorexia and Bulimia Care (ABC) is a national UK eating disorders organisation with over 30 years of experience.
Their Befriending Service provides personal support by linking people who are struggling with an eating disorder with those who are recovered.
Volunteer Befrienders provide a weekly telephone call for approximately 6 months in order that a supportive relationship can be formed. The Befriending Service is designed to try and reduce feelings of isolation, to offer hope and to encourag...

Time to Talk Day

It’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 Feb and it's a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. Last year over 300 workplaces, schools universities, football teams, youth clubs (and more) took part all over Scotland. Join See Me and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from 11am-2pm this Time to Talk Day (6th Feb) for a day of music, mental health and art.  

It’s Time to Talk Day on Thursday 6 Feb and it's a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives.
Last year over 300 workplaces, schools universities, football teams, youth clubs (and more) took part all over Scotland.
Join See Me and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh from 11am-2pm this Time to Talk Day (6th Feb) for a day of music, mental health and art.
 

Tackling mental wellbeing

This Breathing Space Day take some time for your mental health. That's the message from GHA Rugby Club U18s squad who feature in a new video encouraging people in Scotland to look after their mental wellbeing. The young players give their top tips on how to de-stress and explain how working with Breathing Space has helped to raise awareness about the importance of opening up when you're feeling down.                        

This Breathing Space Day take some time for your mental health.
That's the message from GHA Rugby Club U18s squad who feature in a new video encouraging people in Scotland to look after their mental wellbeing.
The young players give their top tips on how to de-stress and explain how working with Breathing Space has helped to raise awareness about the importance of opening up when you're feeling down.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

National Breathing Space Day

What is Breathing Space Day? It's a day in the health calendar which  encourages us to take some time out for our mental wellbeing. Whether it's going for a walk, having a coffee with friends, or reading a good book, taking some time out to relax can help our mental health. When we're feeling stressed, muscles can become tight and tense. Other common signs of stress include being unable to concentrate, irritability, restlessness and not being able to sleep. It's important to take steps to rel...

What is Breathing Space Day? It's a day in the health calendar which  encourages us to take some time out for our mental wellbeing.
Whether it's going for a walk, having a coffee with friends, or reading a good book, taking some time out to relax can help our mental health.
When we're feeling stressed, muscles can become tight and tense. Other common signs of stress include being unable to concentrate, irritability, restlessness and not being able to sleep.
It's important to take steps to rel...

Vale of Leven FC team up with Breathing Space

Breathing Space visited Vale of Leven FC, where the team received a mental wellbeing talk from Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator. Tony said: "It was great to see the players again and talk about the support which is available from Breathing Space for anyone going through a difficult time. Being open and talking with friends, family or a helpline if you're feeling low, is one good way to help your mental health. Playing football and other forms of physical activity can also he...

Breathing Space visited Vale of Leven FC, where the team received a mental wellbeing talk from Tony McLaren, Breathing Space National Coordinator.
Tony said:
"It was great to see the players again and talk about the support which is available from Breathing Space for anyone going through a difficult time. Being open and talking with friends, family or a helpline if you're feeling low, is one good way to help your mental health.
Playing football and other forms of physical activity can also he...