Dundee team off to a good start with the new self-harm service

We recently launched a new self-harm service in Dundee. It’s being funded by Inspiring Scotland as part of a Scotland wide initiative that brings together, and supports organisations to provide, a range of support services across communities. People can self-refer to the service and can also be referred by other agencies. Three months after it … Continued

Community comes together in #HoldTheHope fundraiser for Penumbra

Spotlight recently heard how Penumbra had joined forces with the team at Guardswell Farm for a luxury Christmas raffle organised by Inchture local, Becky Gunn. We caught up with Assistant Area Manager, Kenny Thom, to hear a bit more about it. “At any given time, 1 in 20 of us is experiencing thoughts of suicide. It … Continued

Mark lands his dream job with Penumbra

Mark Chamberlain, 50, from Arbroath is bipolar and was made redundant from his job as a research scientist back in 2017. Since then, he struggled with his self-esteem and self-confidence. After getting help from Remploy, he secured his “dream job” as a Penumbra Peer Practitioner.   I lost my job back in 2017 through redundancy and because … Continued

Penumbra’s Coronavirus InfoHUB is Live

The Penumbra team have put together an online HUB containing useful resources and links on keeping well during coronavirus. In these difficult times Penumbra will continue to support the mental wellbeing of our people and communities through the challenges we face. We know that the coronavirus pandemic has the potential to have profound impacts on … Continued

Penumbra gets bags of help from Tesco shoppers

Staff at Penumbra are celebrating with news of their success in this year’s Tesco Bags of Help grant competition. Tesco customers across three regions gave Penumbra their blue tokens winning the charity a total of £50,000. The Centenary grant will help mental health charity Penumbra develop a new project looking at the mental health and … Continued

Collaboration and Change – Making Recovery Real in Dundee

The momentum around the success of Making Recovery Real continues to grow. Christine Muir, from the Scottish Recovery Network, tells us more about this new approach to developing mental health support and encourages you to get involved! What is Making Recovery Real? Piloted in Dundee and Moray, Making Recovery Real brings people with lived experience … Continued

Lottery Success for Fife Self-Harm Team

Leading mental health charity, Penumbra, is pleased to announce its success in the latest round of awards from the National Lottery with its Self-Harm Service in Fife being selected for an award through the National Lottery’s Community Fund. Penumbra’s Self-Harm Project in Fife was opened in 2005 to provide a non-judgemental, friendly and user-led support … Continued

It’s #PantsToPoverty at Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre

Staff at the Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre in Elgin’s Batchens Street are saying #PantsToPoverty by taking part in the Smalls for All campaign. Smalls For All is a Scottish charity which collects and distributes underwear to help women and children living in extreme poverty in Africa and the UK. The centre, which is run … Continued

Tesco shortlists Penumbra in #BagsOfHelp centenary grants

We’re so excited that Penumbra has been shortlisted as one of the participating charities in Tesco’s Bags of Help Centenary Grants. What happens next? From now until the end of December, you’ll be given one voting token per purchase when you shop in Tesco stores across areas 3, 4 and 5 (as shown below). The … Continued

Penumbra supports 100th person in Angus through suicide prevention service

Leading Scottish mental health charity Penumbra has today confirmed that its Angus based team has directly supported 100 people through its Angus Suicide Prevention Support Service, based in Arbroath. The service has been in operation since January of this year. The service is managed by Penumbra staff, and commissioned by Angus Health and Social Care … Continued

National Suicide Prevention: Lived Experience Panels Expression of Interest

In August 2018 the Scottish Government published its new Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters. This sets out 10 actions to help reduce the country’s rate of deaths by suicide. It has a target to reduce the rate by 20% by 2022. The Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group (NSPLG) is made up … Continued

Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre is helping mental health recovery

Penumbra, one of Scotland’s leading mental health charities, published its Annual Report for the Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre, which has just completed its second year of operation. The Centre is based in Elgin and offers walk-in support to people worried about their mental health and looking for help, guidance, signposting or access to … Continued

Penumbra to lead Distress Brief Intervention Associate Partnership in Moray

The Distress Brief Intervention (DBI) programme is an innovative service which provides early intervention to people in distress equipping them with the skills and support to manage the causes of their distress and reduce the possibility of future distress. Having successfully run the pilot in Aberdeen, Penumbra has been chosen by the Scottish Government to … Continued

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 – Body Image

  This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 is taking place from the 13th-19th of May and the theme is Body Image. Mental Health awareness week has taken place every year in the UK since 2001, and it is a great opportunity to raise awareness and highlight mental health issues. This year’s them is Body … Continued

Minister for Mental Health visits Penumbra’s Wellness Centre

The Minister for Mental Health, Clare Haughey visited the Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre in Elgin on Friday 3rd May.  The centre provides several services including mental health workshops, 1:1 support and a dedicated 1st Response freephone number for people in crisis or distress. Alongside the centre there are 6 Penumbra mental health link … Continued

Gender Pay Gap Report 2018

  The Gender Pay Gap Regulations came into force in April 2017. The regulations mean that all employers with 250 or more employees are required to report their gender pay gap on an annual basis. The gender pay gap is defined as the difference between male and female average earnings in the time period, regardless of their … Continued

#talkingisharmless – Self Harm Awareness Day 2019

  For Self Harm Awareness Day 2019, our Aberdeen Self Harm Project will be distributing copies of our ‘Working with Self Harm’ toolkit to schools throughout Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee and Moray. This was made possible by a generous donation from STV Children’s Appeal. The toolkit include information for parents, teachers and pupils, on how … Continued