Archive for tag: Events

The Depressed Cake Shop - 3rd May 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

The Depressed Cake Shop 3rd May 2014


Doorstep Crime & Fire Prevention Road Show

Thursday, March 27, 2014 By: Fiona | Tagged: , |

Police Scotlandis hosting a 'Bogus/Doorstep Crime' awareness road show within East Kilbride Shopping Centre between Monday 7th April & Friday 11th April 2014.

This week long campaign to raise awareness of this issue is supported by Shop EK and our partner agencies such as Scottish Fire and Rescue and the Scottish Business resilience centre.

PC Matt McCabe safer communities' officer will be delivering a video presentation highlighting some of the ways that some of our most vulnerable citizens are routinely scammed into parting with money. Denise Donoghue from Scottish Fire & Rescue will also be delivering a fire safety presentation and there will be an opportunity to discuss any concerns with both representatives.

The presentation will last approximately one hour and places can be booked by calling Police Scotland on 101 and leaving your details for the attention of P.C. Matt McCabe.


SMHAFF Writing Competition Launches Today

Monday, March 24, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival has announced a brand new writing competition, in partnership with Bipolar Scotland, on the theme of "Power".

The competition opens today and will allow people to enter work into categories including poems, short stories, diary/blog entries, letters and newspaper articles.

They are interested in your interpretation of the theme "Power" and encourage innovative and diverse perspectives - the limit is your imagination! Winning and highly commended entries in each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony during the Festival in October. 

For more information:


The Health and Wellness Hub Activity Programme 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

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Every Thursday in The Pat Cullinan Community Centre, Motherwell. 

T'ai Chi for Beginners class at 10am
(Particularly beneficial for people with health issues e.g. arthritis, problems with mobility)

Zumba 11.00am 

Metafit 12 noon

A variety of Holistic Therapy Tasters from 10am to 11.30am
(Places are on a first come first served basis)

Laughter Yoga class 12 noon (Please note, this class does not start until Thur 24th April) 

Advice also available from various organisations on all things Health and wellbeing related.

Also, we have a new T'ai chi class starting on Wednesday 26th March from
6.30-7.30pm in The Jim Foley Community centre, Craigneuk -All welcome.

All our services are completely free of charge.


Local band, Falconhoof, show support for the ‘see me’ programme

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |


At last October's 'see me' pledge signing in Cumbernauld, local alternative rock band from Abronhill High School, Cumbernauld, closed the event performing their debut of their song 'see me'.

Band member, Scott Parker said, "We thought it was essential for us as a band to show that we were fully supporting the campaign. Therefore, the name for the song 'see me' allowed the song and the campaign to be easily interlinked and demonstrated just how enthusiastic we were to support the campaign as a group. We felt that the lyrics had to first-of-all, alert the public to some of the difficulties that those with mental health problems can experience but also be uplifting reminding us all that despite these difficulties, it is still possible to live a fantastic and prosperous life. We hope that these lyrics will inspire a number of people to unite and work for one another."


'see me' lyrics

Don't turn your back on me don't go away

Support me when I'm down and out and feeling on my own

Rejected, feeling like I'm different from my peers

But with your help, you can show me that there's nothing I should fear

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me

You may think, things will stay the same never improve

But even with these problems, you can live your life we know you'll make it through

Hold on, we'll lend a helping hand when you're in need

Because together, we're all the same and no one will be left out

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me


Hold on we'll lend a hand

Together as one we'll make a final stand

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

I'm just like you, see me

I'm here for you, see me

I'll stand by you, see me

See me, see me


Seniors Together & Alzheimer Scotland Conference on Dementia

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Seniors Together & Alzheimer Scotland Conference on Dementia


The Hope Cafe

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

The Hope Cafe March

We have had an incredibly busy month here at Hope Café in Lanark.  Our open information day was held on 19thFebruary and was a roaring success with approx. 40 people from local organisations popping in to find out more about the cafe.  The overwhelming feedback was that Lanarkshire needs and wants The Hope Café.  Then we officially opened our doors to our community café in Greyfriars Church Lanark on 26th February.  In preparation our volunteers have been participating in many different training courses including REHIS Food Hygiene, Scottish Mental Health First Aid, SafeTALK Suicide Alertness and Mindfulness.  The Hope Café is one of the fundraising arms of The Hope Café project - the income we generate from the community cafe will help to fund our various activities proven to benefit mental health & well-being.  The community café is open to everyone, our aim is to provide good quality affordable food in a welcoming environment.  Within the cafe we also have a resource area where people can access many self-help resources and information on local organisations/projects aimed at supporting positive mental health in Lanarkshire. In time this is where we will also hold some of our self-management courses aimed at increasing peoples abilities to live well with mental health challenges.   Please do pop in and join us for a natter 

On TUESDAY 28TH January 3 of our volunteers attended the re-founding of The See Me campaign at Scottish Parliament.  It was a wonderful and inspiring evening where we heard MSP Fiona McLeod speak very openly and honestly about her own experiences of mental ill-health and the stigma she faced.  We left feeling more determined than ever to help stamp out stigma here in Lanarkshire.  One of our volunteers, Bernadette, said, "The visit to Parliament was a great experience for me.  It was really good to see that very important people also suffer with mental health challenges and they have the courage and confidence to share their stories.  There was lots of positive energy at the event, it has given me more motivation than I already had to make a difference."  

Here is a picture of our volunteers with Claudia Beamish MSP for Clydesdale who is supportive of our efforts. 

We are still recruiting volunteers for our project - please visit for more details and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Expeerience Counts and Well Informed Service

Monday, March 03, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Expeerience Counts and Well Informed Service

"Staff and Volunteers from Expeerience Counts and the Well Informed Service held mental health information stalls in supermarkets, libraries and health centres across North Lanarkshire.  This helped raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing and provided support and information on the most depressing day of the year 'Blue Monday'.  

The Monday of the last full week in January is often thought to be the most 'depressing'. It falls after the hype and excitement of Christmas, failed New Year resolutions and before pay-day.  During the darkest months many people may not be feeling their best and both the 'Well Informed' Information Service and 'Expeerience Counts' Peer Support service can help."


Breathing Space Mindfulness Sessions

Monday, January 27, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |



Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival Film

Monday, January 27, 2014 By: Avril | Tagged: |


Competition Guidelines and Entry Form 2014

The Festival:

The eighth Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival will take place at venues across Scotland throughout October 2014, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health. Now one of Scotland's most diverse cultural events, the Festival covers everything from film, music and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature.

By engaging artists, connecting with communities and forming collaborations, the Festival celebrates art and mental health, exploring the relationship between creativity and the mind, and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing.

What We're Looking For:

We're particularly interested in your understanding of mental health, the meaning you take from this term, and how you have interpreted this in your work. Films can address specific mental health issues, but we're also keen to encourage innovative and diverse perspectives. Please see our website for details of previous award winners.

We'll consider films of any length and genre, and films made at any time, provided they have not been submitted to the Festival before. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday 10th April 2014

Download Guidelines & Entry Form Document


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