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

Penumbra services get top marks from inspection

Several of our services have been independently reviewed by the Care Inspectorate recently. Our ARBD Supported Living Service and ARBD Supported Accommodation service both received the highest grade of ‘Excellent’ in December. These services, based in Glasgow, provide essential recovery support and rehabilitation for people diagnosed with Alcohol Related Brain Damage. While our Aberdeen Mental … Continued

Children’s Mental Health Week

  Children’s Mental Health Week runs from the 4th to the 10th of February. It was launched in 2015 by Place2Be as a way to raise awareness of children and young people’s mental health. This year’s focus is on being Healthy: Inside and Out. Highlighting that physical and mental health are equally as important to … Continued

St Andrew’s Day – #MakeSomeonesDay

On St Andrew’s Day this year we were part of About Scotland’s campaign to #MakeSomeonesDay. The campaign asked Scottish residents to perform small acts of kindness on this year’s St Andrew’s Day. We decided to highlight the importance of reaching out to a friend, or family member to remind them how much they matter. Mental ill health … Continued

Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

Alcohol Awareness Week runs from the 19th-25th November and this year’s theme is change. For Alcohol Awareness Week Penumbra’s Daniel Mushens, Recovery Practitioner at our Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) Supported Living Service, spoke to David Richardson, a Peer Volunteer diagnosed with ARBD. David discusses his personal journey of change; his life of alcoholism, adversity, … Continued

Futsal Partnership to Raise Awareness

  Penumbra announce a new partnership with Wattcell Futsal Club for the 2018/19 season. Wattcell Futsal Club and Penumbra have announced a new charity partnership for the 2018/19 Scottish Futsal Super League season. The partnership will feature Penumbra’s branding on all of Wattcell’s promotional materials, social media posts and training shirts, as they hope to … Continued

Scottish Government release Programme for Government

Today the Scottish Government released their Programme for Government.  Penumbra welcomes the announcement of several investments and commitments to supporting Scotland’s Mental Health. Key strategies across mental health include: £60 million investment in mental health services across schools Creating 350 counsellor positions and an additional 250 nurses in schools Additional 80 counsellors in higher and … Continued

SDS and Penumbra release Evaluation Report 2018

  Self Directed Support (SDS) and Penumbra have released their Evaluation Report summarising their work in 2018. It showcases key results of Penumbra implementing Self Directed Support. Self Directed Support became law on 1st April 2014, and we believe it empowers people by giving them more control over their care and the life they want to … Continued

My Body My Way

This morning Penumbra launched My Body My Way. Free resources to help primary schools tackle negative body image. As part of their contribution to the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People 2018, Penumbra has made their negative body image resources freely available to download. Piloted in North Ayrshire, the My Body My Way programme explores what body … Continued

Report Released on Borderline Personality Disorder

Today the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland released its first ever report, looking at the care, treatment and support for people with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is a type of personality disorder with a long-term pattern of unstable relationships with other people, unstable sense of self and unstable emotions. Commission staff spoke to over … Continued

Glasgow ARBD service hosts open day!

July 26th saw the Penumbra ARBD Supported Accommodation service host its annual summer open day. The event gives us the opportunity to raise awareness of alcohol related brain damage to the wider community as well raising funds to go towards items chosen by the residents. We are a small service based in the socially challenged … Continued

Scottish Government Announces Suicide Prevention Action Plan

Today, the Scottish Government have released their Suicide Prevention Action Plan.  The strategy overseen by Clare Haughey, Minister for Mental Health, aims to reduce suicide by 20% from 2017 to 2020. Double the World Health Organisation target of 10%. The action plan also hopes to destigmatise suicide, making sure people who are at risk have … Continued