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Distress response to coronavirus goes live

In response to the coronavirus, the Scottish Government has extended the Distress Brief Intervention programme. Penumbra is one of the third sector partners in that initiative and our Head of Innovation and Improvement, Stephen Finlayson, sees this as exciting opportunity to further develop DBI, which has widely been recognised as innovative and pioneering. Here, Stephen … Continued

Building confidence and rebuilding trust in recovery

Michaela is 22 and accesses Penumbra support services. She wanted to share her inspiring story with Spotlight and we’re so glad she has. Here’s Michaela’s story. I was really young when my parents found out I was diagnosed with epilepsy; I was about 18 months old. I have had treatment for it and now I … Continued

Enabling hope and recovery through digital connections

Dave Alldred is based in the Penumbra Western Isles service and he’s awesome. He’s a brilliant writer and super passionate about the value of peer support. In this article, Dave talks about harnessing the power of technology to keep connected during the coronavirus pandemic. Check out what he has to say below. Staying connected to … Continued

Penumbra welcomes DBI extension

Penumbra is pleased to be one of the third sector partners as part of the additional measures to help people look after their mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus which were announced this week. The charity is already a partner in Aberdeen, Inverness and Moray DBI. Early support like this is such an important part … Continued

Teamwork and collaboration in recovery

Bev is a Penumbra Recovery Worker and she submitted an article to Spotlight as a way of sharing her observations on how coronavirus has given her the opportunity to reflect on what her job and her team mean to her. But the teamwork she’s talking about isn’t just between her own colleagues, it’s also about … Continued

Staying connected during coronavirus

In this article, Penumbra Recovery Practitioner, Dan, reflects on the challenges of supporting people during isolation measures and the importance of staying connected. With the temporary cessation of face-to-face support, my colleagues and I are working from home for the time being. We’re using technology wherever possible to make video calls to the people we … Continued

Eating disorders, safe foods and panic buying

Adrienne is a Penumbra Recovery Worker. Here, she shares her personal insight on how panic-buying risks disrupting recovery from an eating disorder. For the past few weeks, shelves in supermarkets have been clearing with restocks disappearing within minutes. For someone living with an eating disorder or in recovery, this results in potential shortages of safe … Continued

Life is short and scary, but we have to keep moving forward

I have lived with mental ill health most of my life and at times l have really struggled. Back in 2017 my whole world crumbled around me as my mental health became really bad to the point where I just didn’t want to be here, l had lost my job and was in a lot … Continued

HOPE and challenging the status quo

One of the brilliant things about the third sector is its desire to challenge the status quo. It devises creative ways – often times collaboratively – to make society a better place. It’s one argument that our creativity and innovation is borne out of having to box clever within tight budgets. I think it’s about … 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