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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Penumbra Podcast launched on World Mental Health Day

Mental health charity Penumbra has launched a Podcast on World Mental Health Day (10 October 2017). Christopher from Plan2Change in Edinburgh joined Robin to discuss Peer Work in the first ever Penumbra Podcast. Each month Penumbra plans to record an interview on a mental health topic. Mental health in the workplace is the theme of … Continued

Penumbra launch body image programme for primary school children

Mental health charity Penumbra has today (27 September) officially launched a programme to tackle negative body image in young children. “My Body My Way” has been developed in collaboration with primary schools in North Ayrshire. The programme is designed to help primary school children explore issues of body image and how factors such as the … Continued

Penumbra at Future Pathways awareness event in Aberdeen

Future Pathways is holding an information event in Aberdeen today (26 September), to help raise awareness of the project. Future Pathways offers help and support to people who were abused or neglected as children while they were living in care in Scotland. It works to help survivors access person-centred support that will help them to … Continued

Penumbra takes part in Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival

Now in its fifth year, Out of Sight, Out of Mind is returning as part of the 2017 Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. The event is a collaborative exhibition of over 100 artworks in various media, created by people who are using the arts to express themselves in relation to their experiences of … Continued

New board members appointed at AGM

Mental health charity Penumbra has appointed three new board members at its AGM last night (20 September 2017). The new trustees have a board range or skills and experience covering strategic planning in health and social care, human resources, and finance. The new board members are:   Colin Briggs Colin’s professional career to date has … Continued

£1300 raised for Edinburgh Crisis Centre

A specialist mental health service in the capital has received a cash boost following a fundraising event held last month. Staff, former service users, and supporters packed out the Ex-Serviceman’s Club in Leith to raise money for the vital mental health service. The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is one of only a handful of mental health … Continued