Penumbra speak about mental health to teenagers in Edinburgh and Fife

Penumbra staff from the Borders Youth Project and Plan2Change visited one of Scotland’s leading independent boarding and day schools yesterday (18 May 2017) to raise awareness of mental health. Recovery Practitioner Lynsay Laird and Manager Kelly Brown (Borders Youth Project), and Sandra Spanikova (Plan 2 Change), spoke to 120 pupils at Fettes College in Edinburgh … Continued

New Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre launches

People in Elgin who are concerned about their mental health are being urged to contact a new service which launches today (Wednesday 26 April 2017). The new Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre can be used to access a range of adult services designed to promote positive mental health and support people to recover from … Continued

Radio Borders: dust off your superhero outfit for Penumbra

People in the Borders are being asked to be a Superhero this May to make a difference to local children. Pupils, students, and employees are being encouraged to dust off their superhero outfits and join in with charity fundraising organised by local radio station Radio Borders. Every year the station organises a Superhero Day to … Continued

Nigel Henderson: More action needed on mental health

We do not take everything with us when we leave childhood. At some point on the journey to adulthood, most of us will put away our childish things. Sadly, far too many children will take mental health issues with them and enter adulthood with debilitating problems that can, if nothing is done, blight their lives … Continued

Student string ensemble hopes to hit high note for Edinburgh charity

A string ensemble with an unorthodox repertoire is hoping a concert at one of Edinburgh’s most prestigious venues will be a fundraising success for a local mental health charity. The Super String Companions group will take the stage at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh later this month to raise funds for Penumbra, one of … Continued

Wellbeing Points popping up across Scotland

Penumbra has been working with colleges, community groups and support services to help people access resources designed to improve their wellbeing. Recovery Practitioner William Wright has been helping organisations to create Wellbeing Points, a publically accessible computer which can be used to search local health and wellbeing portals such as ALISS (A Local Information System … Continued

Penumbra recieves share of £1 million social and community care funding

More than £1 million has been awarded to voluntary organisations to help support and develop social and community care services in Scotland. The allocation is part of the Section 10 grants scheme. Three mental health charities – Penumbra, Support in Mind and Freedom from Torture have received funding, accounting for £170,000 (18.8%) of the total … Continued

New Director of Corporate Services

Jo Mayne has been appointed as Penumbra’s new Director of Corporate Services. Jo joined Penumbra in Spring 2017 from the children’s charity Children 1st, where she was Finance Manager. Prior to this Jo worked for Lothian and Borders Police for 11 years, starting as Management Accountant and finishing as Head of Business Management. In her … Continued

IPA announces Scotland Student Advertising Awards 2017 shortlist

The IPA has revealed the shortlist for the 2017 IPA Scotland Student Advertising Awards. Now in its second year, the competition’s brief centred on promoting body confidence amongst Scottish youth and was endorsed by mental health charity, Penumbra. The shortlist includes a team from Edinburgh College’s HND in Visual Communication, Hazel Pike and Beth Wilson; … Continued

Penumbra welcomes New Mental Health Strategy

Nigel Henderson, Chief Executive of the mental health charity Penumbra and current President of Mental Health Europe, has welcomed the publication today (30 March 2017) of the Scottish Government’s new Mental Health Strategy. He said: “This is a very wide ranging strategy which covers lots of issues. With 40 key actions and many other points … Continued

I.ROC wellbeing website launches

We help the people we work with to recover from mental ill health and to fulfil their potential. We feel it is important to know if the work we are doing is of value to those who use our services. That is why we developed I.ROC (individual recovery outcomes counter) and the HOPE framework, and … Continued

Penumbra visit Edinburgh University women’s football clubs

Penumbra visited Edinburgh University Women’s Football Club and Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale Women’s Football Club today to raise awareness of mental health issues and to encourage players and support staff to seek help if they need to. Recovery Practitioners from Penumbra visited the squads to highlight that young women, students, and elite sports performers are … Continued

Penumbra Chief Exec speaks at Mental Health Europe event

On Tuesday (7 February) Penumbra Chief Executive and Mental Health Europe Chair Nigel Henderson travelled to the European Parliament for the Mental Health Europe event on mental health and active ageing, hosted by Deirdre Clune MEP. The Irish Minister for Mental Health and Older People, Helen McEntee, also participated in the discussions with other prominent … Continued

Youth Project Pilots Resilience Programme in Borders Schools

The Borders Youth Project, run by mental health charity Penumbra, has developed a 4-week Resilience Programme which will be piloted in Jedburgh Grammar School and Selkirk High School throughout February and March 2017. The programme will focus on prevention rather than intervention, and aims to promote resilience through mental health awareness raising. Young people engaging … Continued

New Mental Health and Wellness Centre for Moray

Mental health charity Penumbra has been commissioned to provide a new mental health and wellness centre in Elgin. The service will be delivered through an innovative partnership with Community Renewal and will act as the single access point for a range of adult services designed to promote positive mental health and support people to recover … Continued