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It is 35 years since Penumbra first began, with the aim of filling gaps in mental health provision in Scotland.

It has grown from one service in Edinburgh to providing help and support in communities the length and breadth of the country.

Sadly, the need for Penumbra’s services has also grown in the last 35 years.

Arguably, though, that need has never been greater than today with the country in the grip of the worst health crisis in living memory.

As such, Penumbra is not doing anything special to celebrate its milestone or mental health awareness week; its 400 members of staff will simply be working to help those who are most in need of support.


The team are also busy establishing the new Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) service in response to the current Covid 19 pandemic.


The DBI programme was operating in four pilot areas but is now being rolled out across Scotland.


It will offer people aged over 16 who are in emotional distress due to Covid-19 the opportunity to speak to specially trained staff.


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