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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

Dan Mushens on embracing change and moving forward

Anyone who works in the health and social care sector will likely concur that the concept of change is ever present and reflection, reviewing, innovating and goal-setting are constant themes. As an organisation, Penumbra started 2020 with the launch of new cloud based IT systems which will revolutionise not only our humans resources and business … Continued

Collaboration and Change – Making Recovery Real in Dundee

The momentum around the success of Making Recovery Real continues to grow. Christine Muir, from the Scottish Recovery Network, tells us more about this new approach to developing mental health support and encourages you to get involved! What is Making Recovery Real? Piloted in Dundee and Moray, Making Recovery Real brings people with lived experience … Continued

Moray Wellness Centre launches campaign to encourage men of Moray to #MENtionIt

Moray Mental Health and Wellness Centre in Elgin has launched its #MENtionIt campaign as a way of encouraging men to talk about their mental health and wellbeing. The campaign will shine a spotlight on the issues around men’s mental health and wellbeing, and will run until the end of March. Staff at the centre are … Continued

Lottery Success for Fife Self-Harm Team

Leading mental health charity, Penumbra, is pleased to announce its success in the latest round of awards from the National Lottery with its Self-Harm Service in Fife being selected for an award through the National Lottery’s Community Fund. Penumbra’s Self-Harm Project in Fife was opened in 2005 to provide a non-judgemental, friendly and user-led support … Continued

Top marks for Edinburgh Supported Living Service

Leading mental health charity, Penumbra, is celebrating this week after receiving top marks from the Care Inspectorate for its Edinburgh Supported Living Service (SLS). The Care inspectorate reported noted that Penumbra’s Edinburgh SLS “excelled in the support they provided enabling people to experience positive outcomes that enhanced their wellbeing” and awarded the service the highest … Continued

How support helped build Craig’s confidence

My name is Craig and I’ve suffered from Mental Health difficulties for 20 years. I  had a limb removed and extensive surgery some years ago and struggled to adapt to this life changing experience. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to live independently but with Penumbra’s help I’ve rebuilt my skills and feel very … Continued

Praise for building meaningful lives at Sighthill

Following time spent at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, people are being helped to build meaningful lives at home thanks to sixteen refurbished apartments in Sighthill. Originally a sheltered housing complex, a building in the Calders has been transformed by the City of Edinburgh Council to provide high-quality places to stay. The Edinburgh Health and Social … Continued

I was given a 5% chance of survival after a suicide attempt

*Jonathan is a Penumbra Peer Worker. A few years ago, he came very close to dying from suicide. Jonathan’s passion for peer support and the value of lived experience in supporting people is contagious. Jonathan is brilliant and he wanted to share his experience to show people that recovery is possible. This is Jonathan’s story. … Continued

Angus McKay and the power of peer

Angus is a Peer Volunteer with our Western Isles NOVA project. In this article, he talks about his journey of recovery and how he’s now supporting others through his own lived experience. This is Angus’s story. I would like to share a little bit about my time with Penumbra. It all started with me being … Continued