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28th November 2022

Consultation on our Equality Impact Assessment is open

The Draft Report on findings from an Equality Impact Assessment of Breathing Space has been published and is currently open for consultation. For the purposes of this impact assessment, we considered: Accessibility and any potential barriers to the telephony and webchat service The Breathing Space website Demographics of service users and their likelihood to require the service based on their protected characteristics The experiences of service users broken down by the protected characteristics...

The Draft Report on findings from an Equality Impact Assessment of Breathing Space has been published and is currently open for consultation.
For the purposes of this impact assessment, we considered:

Accessibility and any potential barriers to the telephony and webchat service
The Breathing Space website
Demographics of service users and their likelihood to require the service based on their protected characteristics
The experiences of service users broken down by the protected characteristics...
24th October 2022

Breathing Space launch 50th Bench for Support in Mind Scotland anniversary

Mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has partnered with NHS 24 Breathing Space to coincide launching their 50th bench in Scotland. The 50th Take Some Breathing Space bench was unveiled at Support in Mind Scotland’s Gatehouse service in Golspie on Friday 21st October. The bench is the latest to be installed in a network across Scotland that provide spaces to sit and take some breathing space with a bit of time out for oneself or listening an...

Mental health charity Support in Mind Scotland celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and has partnered with NHS 24 Breathing Space to coincide launching their 50th bench in Scotland.
The 50th Take Some Breathing Space bench was unveiled at Support in Mind Scotland’s Gatehouse service in Golspie on Friday 21st October. The bench is the latest to be installed in a network across Scotland that provide spaces to sit and take some breathing space with a bit of time out for oneself or listening an...

Unveiling our 50th Bench: Jim Hume (Support in Mind Scotland); Maree Todd (MSP ); Lisa-Jane Dock, Breathing Space; and Cathy Steer (Suicide Prevention Group)

6th October 2022

Sunny Govan Local Radio

Ahead of Mental Health Week, National co-ordinator, Tony McLaren, spent some time at Sunny Govan Community Radio station "Chatting through the Chaos" with presenters Maritza and Steven. They talked about how important it is to make time to talk and offer space and compassion to one another. The trio considered reducing stigma around mental health, including ways to talk about mental health with respect, and the importance of sharing our feelings. They also touched on the the Breathing Space Benc...

Ahead of Mental Health Week, National co-ordinator, Tony McLaren, spent some time at Sunny Govan Community Radio station "Chatting through the Chaos" with presenters Maritza and Steven. They talked about how important it is to make time to talk and offer space and compassion to one another. The trio considered reducing stigma around mental health, including ways to talk about mental health with respect, and the importance of sharing our feelings. They also touched on the the Breathing Space Benc...

Tony McLaren visits Sunny Govan Community Radio Station 5 October 2022, with presenters Steven and Maritza.

5th September 2022

Conversation on a bench - bereavement by suicide

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2022 we share a powerful story marked by hope and recovery.  Breathing Space met John Gibson at the Take some Breathing Space initiative bench, Space to Grow, Huntlyburn, Melrose on Tuesday 2nd August. John took the time to share his experiences of grief following bereavement by suicide.  John was walking through the Scottish Borders as part of his journey from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness about suicide. In 2019 John’s son C...

Ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2022 we share a powerful story marked by hope and recovery. 
Breathing Space met John Gibson at the Take some Breathing Space initiative bench, Space to Grow, Huntlyburn, Melrose on Tuesday 2nd August. John took the time to share his experiences of grief following bereavement by suicide. 

John was walking through the Scottish Borders as part of his journey from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise awareness about suicide. In 2019 John’s son C...

Tony McLaren (L) in conversation with John Gibson (R) on the Breathing Space Bench at Huntlyburn.

23rd June 2022

Finalists in the poster presentation at NHS Scotland Event 2022

Breathing Space are delighted to have been a Finalist in the poster presentation sessions at the NHS Scotland Event 2022 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June. Every year, the event provides the opportunity for those working in and with the NHS in Scotland to come together to consider the challenges, to share best practice and the most innovative approaches to delivering the highest quality of care, and to take away tools and techniques that will support them in the...

Breathing Space are delighted to have been a Finalist in the poster presentation sessions at the NHS Scotland Event 2022 at the P&J Live in Aberdeen on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 June.
Every year, the event provides the opportunity for those working in and with the NHS in Scotland to come together to consider the challenges, to share best practice and the most innovative approaches to delivering the highest quality of care, and to take away tools and techniques that will support them in the...

Tony McLaren, National Coordinator Breathing Space with Katherine Robertson, Senior Nurse for Mental Health NHS 24 at the poster presentation session.

12th May 2022

Springfield unveils Breathing Space Bench in Blairgowrie

Springfield has installed another Breathing Space bench at their housing development Kinloch Gardens in Blairgowrie. In Partnership with Kingdom Housing Association, the homebuilders have created a welcoming space within their development, complete with soft landscaping and green areas, to highlight the invaluable Breathing Space service offered by NHS 24. Breathing Space, launched in 2002, aims to address the stigma around wellbeing and mental health, offers support to those who need it and com...

Springfield has installed another Breathing Space bench at their housing development Kinloch Gardens in Blairgowrie.
In Partnership with Kingdom Housing Association, the homebuilders have created a welcoming space within their development, complete with soft landscaping and green areas, to highlight the invaluable Breathing Space service offered by NHS 24.
Breathing Space, launched in 2002, aims to address the stigma around wellbeing and mental health, offers support to those who need it and com...

Breathing Space Bench on site at Kinloch Gardens, Blairgowrie

3rd March 2022

Park benches promote mental health wellbeing

A number of special benches have been placed in country parks in North Lanarkshire to encourage people to take some ‘Breathing Space’. Three benches have been located in Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge, Centenary Park in Airdrie and Strathclyde Country Park for people to use. North Lanarkshire Council have teamed up with Breathing Space Scotland to encourage local people and visitors to the parks to take some time to sit and reflect or share their feelings on the special benches. Paul Kel...

A number of special benches have been placed in country parks in North Lanarkshire to encourage people to take some ‘Breathing Space’.
Three benches have been located in Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge, Centenary Park in Airdrie and Strathclyde Country Park for people to use.
North Lanarkshire Council have teamed up with Breathing Space Scotland to encourage local people and visitors to the parks to take some time to sit and reflect or share their feelings on the special benches.
Paul Kel...

Tony McLaren, Lynne MacDonald, and Councillor Paul Kelly pictured at one of the new benches (Image: North Lanarkshire Council)

23rd February 2022

Breathing Space at NHS 24 wins top digital award for web chat

Breathing Space at NHS24 is delighted to win the top prize in the Innovative Mental Health Services category at the Holyrood Digital and Care Scotland Awards 2022, for the pilot of a web chat service, alongside the traditional telephone support line. In 2019, BS introduced a web chat tool to support service users as a pilot project. The system allows users to communicate in real-time with specialist advisors, using an easily accessible web interface. The pilot is set to expand in 2022. People se...

Breathing Space at NHS24 is delighted to win the top prize in the Innovative Mental Health Services category at the Holyrood Digital and Care Scotland Awards 2022, for the pilot of a web chat service, alongside the traditional telephone support line.
In 2019, BS introduced a web chat tool to support service users as a pilot project. The system allows users to communicate in real-time with specialist advisors, using an easily accessible web interface. The pilot is set to expand in 2022.
People se...

Three of the Breathing Space team at the award ceremony.

1st February 2022

Taking time out for National Breathing Space Day

National Breathing Space Day (1st February) takes place annually to raise awareness of the confidential support the mental health phone service provides for anyone feeling low or stressed. The theme for the day is ‘You Matter, We Care’ and Breathing Space is delighted that an increasing number of organisations are actively promoting that message through the Breathing Space Bench ProjectOver the last year, a range of organisations have teamed up with Breathing Space to encourage Scots to take som...

National Breathing Space Day (1st February) takes place annually to raise awareness of the confidential support the mental health phone service provides for anyone feeling low or stressed. The theme for the day is ‘You Matter, We Care’ and Breathing Space is delighted that an increasing number of organisations are actively promoting that message through the Breathing Space Bench ProjectOver the last year, a range of organisations have teamed up with Breathing Space to encourage Scots to take som...

Breathing Space Bench. Borders College

1st February 2022

Highland partnership for National Breathing Space Day 2022

Highland residents are being encouraged not to ‘…hide behind fine’ in a new radio ad being launched across the region as part of National Breathing Space Day on 1st February. The ad invites listeners not to hide behind saying ‘I’m fine’ – and is intended as a prompt to open up when feeling down either with friends or family or by contacting Breathing Space. The radio ad will be heard first in the Highlands as Breathing Space Day also marks the launch of a year-long plan of activity across the re...

Highland residents are being encouraged not to ‘…hide behind fine’ in a new radio ad being launched across the region as part of National Breathing Space Day on 1st February.
The ad invites listeners not to hide behind saying ‘I’m fine’ – and is intended as a prompt to open up when feeling down either with friends or family or by contacting Breathing Space.
The radio ad will be heard first in the Highlands as Breathing Space Day also marks the launch of a year-long plan of activity across the re...

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