News: Inside a pioneering Croatian mental health centre.

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Although the geographical focus of the Moray Wellbeing Hub is centred on Moray it can be sobering to learn about conditions for those with experience of mental health issues in other countries who face enormous difficulties in their lives.  A recent story in The Guardian highlights one such case in Croatia.  There, despite the government having signed up to the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 10 years ago, many people are still held in ‘traditional’ assylums. The article tells the story of one centre, now run by a former social worker, Ladislav Lamza, where his aim to get people …

News: Young people to explore new mental health service solutions in Scotland.

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The Scottish Government has today announced a new partnership with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Young Scot to establish a Youth Commission to gather evidence and offer solutions on how mental health services for young people in Scotland can be improved. Over the next 15 months a group of young people, aged 14 to 22, will come together to collaborate and gather evidence from the government, key stakeholders and experts, communities and peers to provide a series of solutions and recommendations for action and implementation. You can read more on the SAMH website here: read more Recruitment for the …

News: 2 minutes to vote for us and support our projects in 2018! Closes Thursday 7th December.

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Take 2 minutes to vote for Moray community projects including our own! We need your help this week. Please take a moment to pop along to the online voting and check out our projects as well as some other great local ideas from others. We have two projects up for voting – one in the drugs & alcohol category, and one in the mental health. VOTE HERE & MORE INFO! Project 1: Mentally Wealthy Moray Help us bring our inclusive peer-support approach to those with experience of alcohol and drug misuse. We have existing Champions at the hub as well …

News: Action for M.E. Webinar – Register Now

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Action for M.E. are holding a webinar called  ‘Meeting the needs of people with M.E.-C.F.S – essential facts and practical tips’  on Thursday the 30th of November 8-9pm.  You can register by clicking this link: Register Here or contact Theresa@actionforme.org.uk for more information. Supported by the Scottish Government, this is the first in a series of free CPD webinars and briefings to increase knowledge of M.E.-C.F.S. and enhance practice.

News: Online Peer Support Service for Eating Disorders

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Beat Eating Disorders (Beat) have just launched a new online peer support service available for young people (aged 14-25), and parents/carers of young people with an eating disorder across Scotland. Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, has teamed up with NHS Lothian to deliver online peer support, thanks to funding from the Technology Enabled Care Grant from the Scottish Government. Support will consist of one-to-one support emails between the befriender and their mentee, consisting of 1-3 emails per week. Beat will provide formal training consisting of boundaries in communication, active listening skills based on motivational interviewing principles, and safeguarding policies and practices. …

News: Supporting Mental Health at Work, Mental Health Foundation Resources

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For many of us, work is a major part of our lives. It is where we spend much of our time, where we get our income and often where make our friends. Having a fulfilling job can be good for your mental health and general wellbeing. We all have times when life gets on top of us – sometimes that’s work-related, like deadlines or travel. Sometimes it’s something else – our health, our relationships, or our circumstances. The value added to the economy by people who are at work and have or have had mental health problems is as high …

News: Learn about human rights with older people focus. 22nd Nov, Moray Resource Centre, Elgin

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Learning about rights in Elgin Interested in learning more about human rights and how they play a part in community support and activities for older people? Learning about Rights, part of Local People Linking, is a FREE training opportunity based on the Scottish Human Rights Commission programme. When? Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 10 – 1pm (including lunch) Where? Moray Resource Centre, Maisondui Road, Elgin IV30 1RX To book a place or if you have any questions please contact: Caroline Peter- caroline@otbds.org  Tel: 07841015845

News: Collaborative funding in practice – learning from case studies

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With thanks to CHEX for this news item. Working in Place: Collaborative funding in practice  Learning from five case studies Responding to recent shifts in policy and the economy, some public and independent funders are working together on a range of issues from mental health crisis-care to school exclusion. This report collates learning from five such partnerships, with praise for collaborative champions who can ‘leave their organisation at the door’ and other advice for cross-sector working. The research highlights eight key elements of collaborative funding in practice: Independent funding as a source of support for developing new ways of working ‘Collaborative …

News: ‘I’ll be there for you’: Helping a friend who’s struggling

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Here is a link to a short film, produced by India Rakusen and Tom Heyden, on the BBC News from their Like Minds programme talking about mental health issues that may be of interest to you. How do you react when your best friend has mental health problems? It’s easy to say the wrong thing, so many of us end up saying nothing at all. But there are ways you can start the conversation and be there for someone who’s unwell. On Like Minds we’ve been gathering your tips on the best and worst things to say and talking to two …

News: How can digital technology deliver the next step-change in social impact?

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With thanks to CHEX for this news story. Digital technology has changed the way we live in everything from music consumption to dating, but despite numerous small innovations, it has yet to fundamentally change the way that most not-profit sector organisations deliver their services or run their businesses. This study seeks to identify the catalysts to generate change, and to remove the barriers that are blocking a seismic shift in how the sector operates. The study is based on a series of 50+ interviews with leading experts from the charity, third sector, commercial, and digital technology worlds. These interviews unpicked …