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How can any day just be ordinary anymore? A recovery story, by Liam.

This morning I got up and ate my breakfast en route to the lab to start another day as a PhD student at University of Glasgow, studying how a special subset of immune cells (gd T cells) can predict the development and outcome of colorectal cancer. I worked on a report ahead of a project … Continued


Ashley’s mental health began to suffer after losing work. This is his recovery journey.

  I’d lost work after 26 years and was unraveling with mental health issues I first encountered Penumbra in the Autumn of 2017. I’d lost work after 26 years and was unraveling with mental health issues. I suffered depression, anxiety and OCD, had attempted suicide and regularly self harmed. I was referred to the self … Continued


Penumbra’s Caroline Ploetnar looks at mental wellbeing in the workplace

The modern workplace can be a stressful environment. It can be hard to be open about your wellbeing at work, and it can be difficult to recognise signs that your mental health is beginning to suffer. Everyone has mental health, and everyone experiences highs and lows as a normal part of life. There is a … Continued


Penumbra Podcast – Body Image

Abbie Henderson speaks to Robin Murphy about young people’s mental health, and specifically negative body image. Abbie has developed a new programme for Penumbra called My Body My Way. You can find out more about My Body My Way and download the free resources via the I.ROC website.   To read more please visit Spotlight, or sign … Continued


Penumbra Podcast – Peer Work

Christopher from Plan2Change in Edinburgh joins Robin to discuss Peer Work in the Penumbra Podcast. During the discussion they cover topics such as experiencing mental health issues, recovery, and being a peer worker.     To read more please visit Spotlight, or sign up to our monthly newsletter. Keep up with the latest from Penumbra, … Continued


fit150 – Glasgow Supported Living Service Team Challenge

  As a team we were a little upset by the fact that the main lift broke down and was going to take 6 – 8 weeks to be repaired. Would you believe we are on the 6th floor in a Glasgow City Centre office? There are two entrances to our building one with 72 … Continued


fit150 – My Daily Commute

Penumbra’s Head of Development, Sarah Campbell, shares how she fits her fit150 into her daily commute to work. I know that fresh air and exercise is good for me and my cycle home is part of a plan to keep my mind and body well but last night as I battered against the wind and … Continued


Continued Rise in Student Mental Health Issues

Sophie Janus explores what lies behind the recent rise in student mental ill-health There has been a recent focus from the UK government into the issue of mental health difficulties amongst university students. Analysis from the Institute of public policy research suggests that the number of first year students disclosing mental health issues was almost … Continued


I·ROC and Jami: The Journey

Jami is a mental health charity that provides community-based services to the Jewish community across London. Support is delivered from four locality hubs, a social enterprise warehouse and Headroom Café, a coffee shop bringing mental health to the high street. “Jami launched a recovery strategy, a key element of this was to train all staff … Continued


I drank so much I had to learn how to walk again

Glaswegian, George Robb talks to Dan Mushens about working in a prison, developing PTSD as a result of witnessing multiple suicides, and how the effects of alcoholism meant he had to learn how to walk again. “Growing up in the Southside of Glasgow during the seventies and eighties was a great time and I’ve got … Continued