Self-Directed Support - Information Day

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

SDS Information Day


Review of Old Age Psychiatry Services Stakeholder Update March 2015

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 By: Fiona | Not tagged |

NHS Lanarkshire has been carrying out a review of acute assessment beds for older people with mental health issues in response to the changing needs and profile of older people who access NHS Lanarkshire's Old Age Psychiatry Services.

The review is aimed at providing the best possible care for patients requiring an Old Age Psychiatry acute admission bed. A stakeholder event in 2013 as part of the review identified providing the service on acute hospital sites was the best option to ensure better access to specialist care, quicker assessment and better outcomes for patients.

Such service changes are also supported by continued investment in locally based community mental health teams, ensuring that we can provide better care for people in their own homes.

Work is continuing as part of the review to identify suitable accommodation for Lanarkshire's Old Age Psychiatry beds. We hope to have a decision on this in March 2015. We will ensure patients, relatives, staff and other stakeholders are kept fully informed before any changes take place.

More information about the review can be found at: .


Caring for Carers - Confidence Building Sessions

Tuesday, March 03, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Caring for carers - Feeling good caring


Cooking With Carers - Cookery and Nutrition Course

Thursday, February 19, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Cooking With Carers - Cookery and Nutrition Course


Mindful Living - 16 February 2015

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Mindful Living - 16 February 2015

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Family Health Event

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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Walking Football and Reminiscence Club 65+

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Walking Football and Reminiscence Club 65+


Healthy Valleys: Time Out

Thursday, February 12, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Health Valleys - Yoga Group

Time Out is a support service for young people age 14 - 25 years living in the Clydesdale area who are at risk of developing, or currently experiencing mental ill health. It offers a programme of counselling, stress management, group social activity, physical activities, volunteering and training opportunities as well as one to one buddying. Key to the project is support from trusted adults who have themselves lived experience of mental ill health. If you have this experience and would like to make things better for others, why not consider volunteering with our project?  We have tremendous fun and there is a real camaraderie amongst volunteers and young people.

You will not find a more supportive and welcoming group of people anywhere. We are hoping to provide a Time Out group in each of the four schools in Clydesdale and so need more volunteers in particular to deliver stress management, mindfulness and similar activities. Full training will be provided and all out of pocket expenses reimbursed.

To find out more please contact Wendy Kyle, Young Persons Development Worker, Healthy Valleys 01555 880666. Email:


Hope Cafe Lanarkshire - New premises in Lanark

Thursday, February 12, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

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The volunteer led project, which aims to tackle stigma and promote positive mental health for all residents in Clydesdale, will officially open its new premises at 8 Wide Close on 25th February.

The project opened in February 2014 as a pop-up cafe based in Greyfriars Church. The cafe offers people the chance to access information, advice and peer to peer support around mental health & well-being while enjoying something to eat and drink. 

The new premises will include Mandy's Room - a space dedicated to the projects various activities including training courses, self-help groups, complementary therapies and support groups.

Mandy's Room is named in memory of Mandy Lindsay, who lost her life to suicide five years ago at age 24.  In that time, Mandy's family have fundraised tirelessly to raise awareness of depression and to help others who like Mandy struggle with this illness.  The family fully support the work that Hope Café are doing in the local community and have offered financial assistance which has enabled the café to move to its new home.

Donna Barrowman, Hope Cafe Lanarkshire's founder and Director, said:

"From the very outset, our ambition at the Hope Cafe was to bring discussion about mental health to the heart of our community so we are very excited to be moving to our own premises.

Too often people view mental health in negative terms and we want to tackle that stigma. We're creating a welcoming environment where anyone can come along and learn ways to promote and maintain positive mental health and wellbeing. 

We also want to help support those who are coping with mental health challenges by providing a variety of self-management resources and activities alongside information on various sources of support in Lanarkshire.

All of our volunteers have direct personal experiences of mental ill-health either in a personal capacity or through caring for a family member.  The project has been an excellent way for us to share those experiences in a constructive way and tackle stigma.

We are incredibly grateful to Bryan Kerr at Greyfriars Church, which has provided an amazing home for the cafe in its first year.  We are not a religious based organisation but that didn't stop Bryan from eagerly offering Greyfriars as a venue for our project when we first started looking last year.

It has been an incredible 12 months and, now that the cafe has rooted itself in Clydesdale, I have no doubt that 2015 will see the project flourish."

South Scotland MSP, Claudia Beamish, who has been a supporter of the Hope Cafe added:

"I am absolutely thrilled that the Hope Cafe has found a new home to continue its excellent work tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.  I've enjoyed visiting the project in Greyfriars and have welcomed volunteers to Parliament to acknowledge their work.

We need to encourage people to talk openly about mental health, mental ill-health and mental illness and to understand that, just like physical health, we can all look after our mental health too.

It has been an impressive first year and I am looking forward to visiting the new premises soon."


Mindful Living - 9 February 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Mindful Living - 9 February 2015

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