Report: The Impact of Austerity on Mental Health

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Three quarters of Scots with long-running mental health problems say their recovery has been negatively impacted by public spending cuts. A bombshell new report lays out in detail the toxic effect years of service loss and stress are having on those suffering mental health issues. ‘Real People, Deeper Cuts’ was compiled by Vox, a Scotland-wide third sector coalition which includes Bipolar Scotland, Borders New Horizons, Lanarkshire Links, Psychiatric Rights Scotland, the Scottish Dementia Working group and West Dunbartonshire Mental Health Forum. Polling their members they found that spending cuts negatively affect mental health recovery and increase isolation. In particular, people …

News: New Outdoor Wellbeing programme, starting 13th Feb, open for referrals – Fochabers

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Earth for Life is delighted to announce that they are now seeking referrals for Branching Out East Moray, their latest outdoor wellbeing programme, which will take place in Fochabers starting Tuesday, February 13th, 2018. Places on this 3-month programme are limited to 12, so please spread the word and request referral forms from Earth for Life as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment. Also, please note that Earth for Life is a micro-provider with Moray Health & Social Care, so any would-be participants in receipt of SDS (self-directed support) will be requested to contribute to the cost of this …

Event: BBC Radio 4 Any Questions in Nairn, Friday 16th February

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The BBC Radio 4 programme, Any Questions, with Jonathon Dimbleby, is coming to Nairn Community Centre on the evening of Friday 16th February, 2018.  Tickets are free and available only from Nairn Community Centre directly. This will provide a good opportunity to put forward questions to the panel about mental health/wellbeing issues both at a national Scottish and local level.

News: Time to Talk Day – 1st February 2018

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SeeMe Scotland have partnered with Time to Change England, Time to Change Wales and Change Your Mind Northern Ireland to create ‘Time to Talk Day 2018’ and they would like to invite you to take part. It’s easy to think there’s no right place to talk about mental health. But the more we talk about it, the better life is for all of us. Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, worthless and ashamed. Time to Talk Day is a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to …

Activity: ‘Find Your Inner Writer’ with Orla Broderick – Forres

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Local writer Orla Broderick is giving a series of writing workshops in Forres which started on Friday 5th January.  The next session is on Friday 19th January at 11am. Orla will be at the Ed Shed at Moray Waste Busters for the entire 6-week course. It’s a perfect location to learn about writing. Teas and coffee and seasonal snacks will be provided but you do need to bring your own pens and paper. The second session will be introducing the nuances of characterisation and the theme ‘ Beginnings’. Orla will teach you a trick many authors use in order to switch …

Report: Draft Strategy on Loneliness and Social Isolation Published

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A new national strategy, one of the first in the world, is being developed to tackle loneliness and isolation. The draft plan, published earlier this week for consultation, will look at the causes of social isolation and loneliness and how they can be addressed. The consultation will run until 30 April 2018. Read the draft strategy on the Scottish Government website

News: BBC Radio 4 – All In the Mind Awards 2018 – make a nomination!

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Every year the BBC Radio 4 programme, All In The Mind, has an Awards ceremony and they are asking for nominations for the 2018 awards now.  All you have to do is go to their website and complete the online form (use this link). Have you experienced mental health difficulties now or in the past? Is there a person or group that has made a huge difference to you? Claudia Hammond and BBC Radio 4 want to recognise the people and organisations that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help you with your mental health. If …

News: Family WRAP Information Event, 25th January, Elgin

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In collaboration with the Moray Parent Carer Support Group, we are hosting a Family WRAP information event at the Ex-Servicemen’s Club in Elgin on the 25th January at 11am.  Come along and hear how WRAP can help your family feel happier and plan for crisis in this creative workshop for all ages.  No need to book!    Download poster here: Family WRAP flyer

Event: Tackling Poverty – Building a Fairer Moray, Friday 16th February, Elgin

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This is a free conference organised by the Fairer Moray Forum on Friday 16th February 2018, 9:30 – 15:30 at Moray College UHI, Elgin. A range of speakers working across Scotland will discuss how research evidence can influence local policy and planning, and inform practical actions to bring about social change. Speakers include: Chris Littlejohn – Chris is interim Deputy Director of Public Health and Head of Health Improvement with NHS Grampian. He is also an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, where he teaches Public Health to medical undergraduates and to postgraduates studying towards a Masters in …