Equality News Update: Lanarkshire grandmother who recovered from clinical depression shares experience in bid to help others

Jean determined to speak up about mental health and help others on the road to recovery and a fulfilling life.

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Equality News Update: Communities key to tackling loneliness and isolation, social security minister says

Communities are best placed to tackle the problem of loneliness, said Social Security Minister Jeane Freeman, as she unveiled Scottish Government plans to deal with isolation.

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Case Study – The Jam Shed

FCE were approached by West Fife Enterprise to help them develop an accessible Jam shed. The aim of the shed is to provide an accessible space where people from all walks of life can come together in a relaxed informal setting to play, learn or teach a variety of musical instruments.  The Jam shed is open every Friday 1pm – 3pm at the organisations premises. Continue reading “Case Study – The Jam Shed”

Case Study – Michael

Michael is 17 years old and a volunteer at the Community Cafe, he has lived in Valleyfield for 7 years. At the cafe he is able to learn new skills that can help him in work situations and meet new people from within the community. Continue reading “Case Study – Michael”

Case Study – Jennifer

Jennifer is a 35-year-old woman that lives with anxiety and depression. She finds it difficult to meet new people and lacks confidence, especially in social situations. As a consequence, Jennifer is unemployed and feels isolated.     Continue reading “Case Study – Jennifer”

Equality News Update: Trained collie Ben is a life-changer for army veteran

An army veteran diagnosed with a psychiatric disability after serving at the height of the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland has had her life transformed for the better by a Shetland-bred assistance dog.

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Equality News Update: Figures show over 45,000 students in Scotland sought counselling over last five years

‘We know that student counselling services in universities work incredibly hard but these figures show just how much demand there is for their service’

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Equality News Update: Scottish government announces mental health funding boost

Mental health services are to be boosted by £500,000 of extra funding, the Scottish government has announced..
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Equality News Update: Glasgow’s elderly battling loneliness are turning to anti-depressants

ELDERLY people are increasingly resorting to anti-depressants to cope with loneliness and isolation, charity workers have warned.
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Equality News Update: Brecon artist’s mental health film wins international prize

A Welsh artist’s film about his battle with mental health will be shown across Europe after winning an international award.

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Equality News Update: Men to express their feelings through football

Football, the international language of men, is to be used to get Scots fans talking about their mental health.

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Equality News Update: Over 1000 mental health patients in Scotland sent to other health boards

More than 1000 mental health patients in Scotland have been sent to other health boards for treatment in the past three years.

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Equality News Update: Suicides by young people peak in exam season, report finds

Suicides among children and young adults peak at the beginning of exam season, it has emerged, adding to fears that pressure to get good results is harming their mental health.

Exams are sometimes the final straw that lead to someone under 25 taking their own life, according to a major inquiry. While experts pointed out that the causes of suicide are always complex, they said academic problems could play a significant role.

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