Caring for Carers Lanarkshire

Friday, December 19, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Caring for Carers - Lanarkshire 'Relax Kids'


Mindful Living - 15 December 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Mindful Living - 15 December 2014

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Mark Docherty - "Make It Real"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

Mark & Band

This CD is a song written by Mark Docherty and recorded with Expeerience Counts staff.
Mark started to write this song when he wasn't feeling at his best. He was very low and didn't think he was going to feel well again, so using music and writing songs helped him to gain confidence and have hope.  The verses of the song are quite sombre and sad, but as the song goes into the chorus it starts to lift to create a feeling of belief and desire to get well again. Mark hopes the lyrics and melody can be of some help to others who are, or have been, affected by mental health issues and to believe that there can be light at the end of everyone's tunnel.

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Don’t feel frozen out this winter

Monday, December 08, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

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Christmas can be a time of about anxiety and depression for many people; however, help is at hand.

This year, North Lanarkshire Council is launching its "Feeling snowed under" campaign which aims to help people winter blues.

A new booklet providing information and advice to help people deal with pressures such as debt, stress and loneliness over the festive period has been produced.

The campaign is being backed by NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland, the Scottish Ambulance Service.

Bobby Miller, Head of Community Care for North Lanarkshire Council said: "The information booklet gives guidance about surviving the pressures of Christmas including managing your money, looking after your health and about services which can help.

"At Christmas there is an expectation to have fun, spend lots of money and be surrounded by lots of friends and family.

"However, for many of us the reality can be very different. We hope this campaign can help people manage the stress some feel at Christmas, and help others watch out for the signs of stress and depression."

Lindsay Kerr from the Scottish Ambulance Service added: "Feeling snowed under is a great idea and we fully endorse it. Our crews work all year round including Christmas day and we often see how stressed people become."

Businesses including McDonalds, local pubs, clubs, hospitals, hotels and bookmakers are supporting the initiative and will have copies of the help booklet.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the "Feeling Snowed Under" booklet please look out for a copy or download one from

With 1 in 4 people suffering mental health problems we as a community can look out for each other. If you do need help


Picture: Lindsay Kerr and Emma Hamilton (Ambulance Service); Lorna Bruce (Senior Nurse); David Jackson (Scottish Fire and Rescue) and Bobby Miller (NLC).

Contact Name:

Andrew Craney, Media and Communications Officer

Contact Details:

Tel No: 01698 302167

Mobile: 07946 353180



Friday 5 December, 2014


Let's talk about Mental Health - A Bun and a Blether

Monday, December 08, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Bun and a Blether


Forgewood Community Christmas Fayre

Friday, December 05, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: , |

forgewood christmas fayre 2014

Find out about the new community centre at the Forgewood Community Christmas Fayre on 11 December between 5pm and 7.30pm with raffle, meet Santa, gift stalls, facepainting, tea & coffee, bingo, arts and crafts and information stalls!!!

Braidhurst High School, Dalriada Crescent, Motherwell

Entry by donation at the door


Tools For Living™

Thursday, December 04, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Tools For Living™


Football tackles suicide fears

Thursday, December 04, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Suicide prevention was the focus at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility as teams battled it out in a 5-a-side football competition as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.

This was the eighth year of the competition and more than 150 players competed for the winners trophy on Wednesday 10 September. Twenty-six teams from across Lanarkshire took park, including sides from Barnardo's,  NHS Lanarkshire, Reeltime Music,North Lanarkshire Leisure. The winners of the tournament were the Fire Service with the players coming from different divisions across Lanarkshire and the runners were the McDonald's team from East Kilbride.

The event was organised by North Lanarkshire Council Social Work in partnership with Choose Life, NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Leisure.

Lynne Cruickshank, Senior Officer for younger adults with said: "Sport is a great way to reach people with messages about suicide prevention. Being aware of the signs means we might notice when someone is considering suicide and we could then offer support and possibly help save a life.

"Everyday around two people die from suicide in Scotland with three out of four being male.

"Football can have a positive impact on mental wellbeing and participants were told about the impact suicide can have on the lives of not just those thinking about suicide, but the effect it can have on friends and family."

Scotlandhas the highest suicide rate in theUKand it is the leading cause of death in those under the age of 35 years.

Nicky Laughlin, Sport Development officer with North Lanarkshire Leisure added: "Football is a great way to bring people together and making them feel part of a team and community.

"Suicide has a devastating impact on lives and this event is a great way of raising awareness about what is a very sensitive issue which affects so many people. Every suicide is a tragic loss of life and we all have a role to play in suicide prevention."

Staff from the Terrance Higgins Trust, NHS Health Improvement, Action for Lone Parents and Phoenix Futures were amongst a number of stalls offering information and advice at the event.

Picture: Kevin O'Neil (NHS Lanarkshire), David Jackson (Fire and Rescue), Lynne Cruickshank (NLC Social Work), Nicky Laughlin (North Lanarkshire Leisure) and piper Jay Wilson.

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Drop-in Cafe December Programme

Thursday, December 04, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: , |

Drop-in Cafe December Programme

Chat-Connect-Cuppa at the Cornerstone Cafe! Monday and Thursday at 10:30 am - 3pm

For full programme click Here



Mindful Living - 24 November 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Mindful Living - 24 November 2014


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