Mental Health Awareness

Mental Health – Voluntary Health Scotland want your input

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Many voluntary health organisations support people’s mental as well as physical wellbeing, whether
you consider yourselves to be a mental health charity or not. You do this by supporting people
through stressful life challenges, by reducing social isolation and loneliness, and by fostering
resilience and creating the conditions for good mental health.
VHS are always keen to hear from members on what they think we should be focusing on in this
area – what are the key issues for you right now? What needs to be addressed in the Scottish
Government’s next Mental Health Strategy? What are they key contributions the third sector
is making to the mental health agenda? Where are the biggest gaps?
Get in touch with Catherine Ronald or call 0131 474 6187 with your input.


Mental Health Awareness Week, 11th – 17th May 2015.

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Since the first Mental Health Awareness Week in 2000, mental health groups have  pushed topics like loneliness, anger, fear, exercise, alcohol and friendship into the public sphere.

All week, K & M Communities will be focusing on the great work done by in Kincardine & Mearns by Pillar Kincardine, founded in 1989 as a result of the success of “Stepping Stones” and Pillar Aberdeen’s provision of social and leisure activities for people within Aberdeen City (Pillar Aberdeen has since closed on 29th August 2010).

Pillar Kincardine’s objectives then, as now, were to provide support services for people who have experienced or continue to experience challenges in relation to their mental health and to promote mental wellbeing.

We thought it would be good to speak to Sara Kamrath, the smiley face who greets you at Pillar, Kincardine. We persuaded her to tell us and you a little about herself… but not in the conventional way. We wanted to dig deeper…   Read the rest of this entry »