Mental Health Awareness Week 2020


Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme is kindness.

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Why kindness?
One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times.  
We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope.
The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing.
Beyond ourselves, our report reveals how inequality is rising in our society and its harmful effects on our health.  
Life expectancy is falling for the poorest for the first time in 100 years. As child poverty rises, children and young people in the poorest parts of our country are two to three times more likely to experience poor mental health than those in the richest.  
After the 2008 credit crunch it was the most vulnerable in our communities who experienced the severest consequences of austerity, with devastating effects on their mental and physical health. This not the hallmark of a kind society.  
We must not make the same mistakes after this pandemic.”   

A Big Thank You

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A big thank you to Bannermans Colour Studio in Perth for donating two tins of paint for making Horners Plot lovely – a very kind gesture indeed.
Also to John and the Community Payback team. During the last few weeks they have been tremendously helpful in making Horners Plot look absolutely lovely with putting a fresh coat of paint on almost everything.
What a difference! Thank you

SHOUT – New Text Service for those feeling suicidal


A new text service for people who are feeling suicidal or facing a mental health crisis has been launched. SHOUT, provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. It’s the first free 24/7 texting service in the UK for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere via the medium people already use and trust.
Text SHOUT to 85258 from anywhere in the UK, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Volunteer receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The Crisis Volunteer will help you move from a hot moment to a cool calm one.

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WRAP Training

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PLUS organised a Wellness Recovery Action Plan(WRAP) workshop with fourteen Perth college tutors for two days at the end of termIt went excellently.
Feedback we got said things like:“Love WRAP and will push for our service to change to incorporate it”  “As a result of the training I realised I can do things that improve my own mental wellbeing, that’s so significant”“That doing simple things for myself can be very effective and have huge benefits”.“Bonding with others and relaxing, remembering to look after myself are things to take away from the sessions”

The training reinforces the message that everyone has mental health and there is indeed ways we can protect and improve our own mental wellbeing. 

Susan Scott, manager of PLUS said;PLUS has been an enthusiastic promoter of WRAP since it was first used in Scotland around 12 years ago. We would like to continue organising workshops for those feeling they need something to ensure their resilience, especially for helpful in relationships with those who are struggling emotionally.