Mental Health Europe: President’s letter to the Lancet

Outgoing President of Mental Health Europe and Penumbra Chief Executive Nigel Henderson has written to the Lancet about a report they published earlier this year. On behalf of Mental Health Europe I would like to respond to the Lancet’s Editorial (Jan 27, p 282) written about our Mapping and Understanding Exclusion report. Although we welcome … Continued

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Making Recovery Real project releases film

Making Recovery Real in Dundee captures the stories of 18 Dundonians who have lived experiences of mental health difficulties and recovery. The film is the centre-piece of a wider project under the same name which was established in 2015 and backed by Dundee City Council, NHS and voluntary sector partners including Penumbra. With technical backing … Continued

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Edinburgh service celebrates as staff member named Social Worker of the Year

A social worker at Penumbra’s Milestone service has been recognised for providing outstanding support to people recovering from the effects of alcohol addiction. Ian Jeffries was last night (20 March 2018) named Social Worker of the Year by the Scottish Association of Social Work (SASW). He was handed the title at the organisation’s annual awards … Continued

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Campaign encourages men experiencing mental health difficulties to #MENtionIt

#MENtionIt is a new campaign to encourage men in Grampian who are experiencing a crisis to contact Penumbra’s 1st Response services. 1st Response launched in Grampian in 2016. It provides discreet, short term, practical support to people in distress. It is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Although anyone can contact 1st Response for … Continued

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#talkingisharmless launched to mark Self Harm Awareness Day

  Self harm is often a private and personal act, and many people who self harm struggle to approach others for help. To mark Self Harm Awareness Day 2018 (1 March 2018), we wanted to do something to increase understanding and awareness around self harm, and to reduce stigma. The team at the Self Harm … Continued

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Embrace: internationally acclaimed body confidence film comes to Aberdeen

A critically acclaimed film which hopes to tackle the massive surge in body confidence issues around the globe will be shown on the big screen in Aberdeen for the first time this month. Scottish mental health charity Penumbra has teamed up with the Body Image Movement to offer the free screenings of the feel-good documentary … Continued

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Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe, a report from Mental Health Europe

Mental Health Europe – a non-governmental network which works with the EU and other international bodies to promote positive mental health – has published an analysis of mental health care across the continent. Mapping and Understanding Exclusion in Europe provides a unique insight into European mental health systems, ongoing human rights violations and the changes … Continued

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Pop-up charity shop in Aberdeen – donate now to support mental health

We are seeking donations to raise money for our vital mental health work in Aberdeen. Donations will be sold at a week-long pop-up charity shop in Aberdeen (Monday 5 February – Friday 9 February). All money raised will go towards supporting people to take part in community activities, such as our New Shoots Gardening Project. … Continued

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Short film is international success

A film featuring people supported by Penumbra has won a prestigious international film award. In Place examines the mechanisms people use to cope with mental health difficulties, exploring the line between the positive and the negative. The film follows three people – a young skateboarder, a university student and a retired librarian – who all … Continued

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Edinburgh hosts European forum on Mental Health

Mental health experts from 14 European countries will gather in Edinburgh this week (Monday 11 December) to discuss mental health practice across Europe and identify priorities for improvement. The forum has been organised by Mental Health Europe, a non-governmental network which works with the EU and other international bodies to promote positive mental health and … Continued

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Scottish Government Minister for Mental Health visits Edinburgh Crisis Centre

Scottish Government Minister for Mental Health Maureen Watt MSP today (16 November 2017) visited the Edinburgh Crisis Centre – a service unique in Scotland in offering quick-access 1-1 and short-stay residential mental health crisis support alongside freephone, text and email support. Created following a 10 year campaign by service users, the Crisis Centre provides support … Continued

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Glasgow MSP visits Penumbra Milestone

Today (24 October 2017) Glasgow MSP Annie Wells visited Penumbra Milestone, a service which provides support to people with a diagnosis of Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD). ARBD (Alcohol Related Brain Damage) is the term that is used to describe a range of symptoms which occur following a prolonged period of heavy drinking, such as: … Continued

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Reclaim, Restore, Recover artwork exhibited in Townhill

Artwork created by people receiving support for self harm will go on display near Dunfermline later this month. Reclaim, Restore, Recover is a collection of paintings, sketches and sculptures made by people accessing the Fife Self Harm project, a Dunfermline based service run by the mental health charity Penumbra. The artwork was created at two … Continued

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Penumbra to feature at Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival

A film featuring people supported by Penumbra is being shown in Glasgow as part of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. In Place explores the mechanisms we use to cope in our daily lives, questioning the line between the positive and the negative. The three people that the film follows – a young skateboarder, … Continued

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SDS evaluation report released

Self directed support (SDS) became law on 1 April 2014. It allows people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want over their individual budget. Put simply, SDS is the support a person purchases or arranges, to meet agreed health and social care outcomes. Penumbra has today … Continued

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Gender pay gap published

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 … Continued

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