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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 cri...

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 cri...

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 or ...

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 or ...

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.
 
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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 encourage ...

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 encourage ...

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 relax ...

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 relax ...

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 help ...

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 help ...