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Newsletter November/December 2014

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Half Year Projects Report, Counselling, Link/Social Prescribing, Training, Service User and Carer Involvement, Drop-InArts and Media Group, Family Support/Carers, And Finally, Christmas Closures, Diary, 200 Club
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In this Newsletter we're delighted to report FANTASTIC news from the BoS vote! Since you've proved yourselves so fabulous at getting involved please consider making a response to the NHS Clinical Services Review. And you'll find all the essential Christmas dates for you diary!

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We are delighted with all of the support that saw FDAMH's Women's Group come out tops from 4 shortlisted organisations in the area 'South Fife and Falkirk'.

Accessing Activity Groups - Do you refer?

We are always happy to take referrals to our wide variety of Activity Groups. These can be hugely beneficial and we do our best to provide as many opportunities as possible. However please contact us rather than sending someone straight to an activity group as spaces are not always available and it also allows us to assess the best way forward for a client. You can find up-to-date information about Activity Groups along with who to contact on our website. To avoid confusion please note that the Health and Wellbeing Drop-In project itself provides open access to Drop-In without the need for referral.

Clinical Services Review

If you have opinions on any NHS service that you have received now is the ideal opportunity to share those views with the NHS and have them taken into account. Please go to:
We encourage you very strongly to grasp this chance to contribute your views and help shape the next Forth Valley Healthcare Strategy. The questions asked are very straightforward and will give you scope to comment on anything you feel is pertinent.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2014

This year we decided to use Facebook to reach out to the wider local community with some simple messages, inspired by moving stories from one of the Arts and Media Group's latest performances. The true stories, from people experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems, highlighted the little things that family and friends did for them that made a huge difference. To make sure our campaign was focused on raising awareness amongst those less likely to be familiar with mental health issues and services, our series of adverts targeted people of all ages and interests living in Falkirk and District and excluded those that already 'like' our Facebook page (although we 'posted' copies of the adverts on our own Facebook page so that everyone that knows us got a chance to see them too!). With 5000 people seeing our adverts and 89 people visiting our website as a result, we feel this has been a really great way of reaching out to the wider community.
You can join us on Facebook at
Anxiety stopped Fay shopping for food, you sorted it by going to the supermarket together.
One of eight of our facebook messages for MHAW.

World Mental Health Day

The Theme for this year's World Mental Health Day, on the 10th of October, was Schizophrenia. You can access resources about Mental Health across the globe and Schizophrenia, put together by the World Health Organization and the Mental Health Foundation, by <clicking here>.

Half Year Projects' Report Now Out!

So that our funders are kept up-to-date with the work of our projects we provide comprehensive reports half-way through and at the end of the financial year. Our Half Year Report for April 2014 to September 2014 is now available on our website. <click for more>

Training with Life Coach Ali Campbell

A free charity place was awarded by Ali Campbell, renowned Life Coach and author, to our Drop-In Project Assitant, Susan, on his four day intensive course called Hypnotherapy Inside Out.  Susan had an amazing four days saying 'Ali was very generous and supportive to us on the course, and he really cares about people being the best they can be…it was a real pleasure to be a part of it’. <click for more>

It's Party Time again!

All service users and volunteers are invited along to the FDAMH Christmas Party - tickets selling fast, so don't delay!

Patient Public Forum

FDAMH's manager, Angela Price, enjoyed a very positive reception at the latest Patient Public Forum. FDAMH had been invited to provide a presentation on the work of the organisation to the Forum held in the Municipal Chambers on Tuesday 11th November. Angela reported that she felt the presentation was well received by the discerning audience. Angela welcomed the opportunity to let people know of the work of the organisation, the services that we are able to offer and to contribute to dispelling some of the myths and legends that abound about people experiencing mental health problems.

MWC calls for better information and support for patients and families

The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland have published two reports which each show that there is a lack of clarity and understanding amongst service users and their families and carers about parts of the Mental Health Act that directly affect them. <click for more>


Counselling Service

So that our volunteer counsellors can enjoy a well earned rest, and also because many clients find it difficult to come to appointments over the festive period, all counselling sessions will finish at 5pm Thursday 18th December. The service will reopen on Monday 5th January.

Link/Social Prescribing

Praise for latest activity report

FDAMH's Social Prescribing Project was delighted to receive great feedback from Alliance Scotland, project funders, after submitting its latest progress report. <click for more>

Anxiety Management Course Update

The latest course has just completed - congratulations to all our students. Demand continues to be high and staff are working hard to fit in as many of these courses as possible around their normal project work. The next course is planned for early in the new year. This is already fully subscribed, however if you would like to find out if a future run of this course is suitable for you please speak Jane Shirra at FDAMH.

"Everyone who knows me has noticed a big change in me for the better"
"Has been one of the best things I have done so far in helping my anxiety"


Volunteer Training

Our volunteer training evening for November was on the subject of Art Therapy. The speaker was Alison Brough, who has many years’ experience in this field and her depth of knowledge and passion for her work was obvious from her presentation. A most informative evening was enjoyed and appreciated by the 20+ volunteers who attended. <click for more>

Service User and Carer Involvement


Name Change for the Service User and Carers’ Reference Group

Since our last newsletter, the Service Users and Carers Reference Group, a long-standing feature of FDAMH's involvement project, has met twice. Both of these meetings have been very productive and each member now has a particular part to play in the group according to their individual skills. To better reflect the purpose of the group, members have taken the decision to change its name from the Reference Group to the Falkirk Mental Health Involvement Group. If you are interested in becoming involved or would like to learn more please contact Linda at FDAMH.

Involvement Activities and Opportunities

Our Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator, Linda, recently represented service users and carers at a Community Care and Health Forum event on the Integration of Health and Social Care. It was encouraging that the question of how to involve service users and carers at local Integration meetings was raised, but no plans have been put in place as yet. Linda and others have attended and been involved in a whole variety of recent events to ensure that the views of service users and carers are taken into account, to find out more about them <click here>.

In addition to the work done, Linda also has a long list of upcoming opportunities to get involved in and have your say <click here>. Don't forget about the Clinical Services Review already mentioned above!

Remember, real experience of mental health services must be shared to help drive change and improvements - if you'd like to participate please contact Linda at FDAMH. Participation occurs at many levels, so no need to be shy!

Health and Wellbeing Drop-In

Olivia would like to thank everyone for her warm welcome back after maternity leave! Olivia is now working Monday to Wednesday, which sadly meant she missed this year's very popular Halloween party attended by over 30 people! Fortunately for Olivia, this year's festive dates means she won't miss out on these great seasonal favourites...

Arts and Media Group

See Me's new 'Take Action, Change Lives' campaign features some familiar faces....

A Splendid Inviation for the Media Group

Our Arts and Media Group so impressed visiting Scottish Government officials in September, that they have been invited to perform and talk to Welfare Division staff on 27th of November 2014! <Click for more>

Bereaved by Suicide Group

The Group welcomes everyone who has experienced the loss through suicide of a person close to them – family, partner or friend. It is a self-help group which, together with group facilitators and counsellors offers mutual support and understanding. <Click for more>

Family and Carers Support

FREE Mindfulness Training for our Carers

We are delighted to be able to offer a free 8-Week Mindfulness Course exclusively for carers thanks to the Short Breaks Fund. Taking courses like this offers carers tools and techniques to relieve emotional distress. This is an excellent opportunity to attend mindfulness training, which is in very high demand. Follow this link for more. Please get in touch with Neil or Fay as soon as possible to book your place.

Living with Mental Health Problems

A free course for relatives, partners and friends.

Running for 2 hours a week over 7 weeks, this course will aim to give you:
  • Information about mental health
  • Ways of dealing with stress and feelings of anger
  • Ideas for coping with change
  • Ways of supporting and communicating with your friend or relative
  • An opportunity to discuss and share ideas with others
When? The next course is planned for early 2015
Where? FDAMH, Victoria Centre
If you would like to register for a place or find out more, please phone the Carers Project on  01324 671608 (reception on 671600) or email:


200 Club

Don't forget the 200 Club - many memberships are up around this time of year, if you can't remember when yours expires please ask us! Also makes a most excellent Christmas gift at only £12 for a whole year of winning opportunities! <Visit FDAMH's 200 Club Page>
Congratulations to Agnes for winning 1st prize for the Best Biscuit in the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Bake Off held at the Oncology Unit, FVRH helping to raise £593.43! So light, so crisp, so delicious!
Hilary's Thanksgiving Sweet Potatoes
Hilary, our Finance Administrator, comes from the USA where Thanksgiving will be celebrated on 27th November. As a little Christmas Present to you all,  here's one of her favourite Thanksgiving recipes!
Candied Sweet Potatoes
Cut up two sweet potatoes and boil or bake until tender. In a frying pan melt 1/4 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar until bubbly. Then mix in 1/4 cup of orange juice and add the sweet potato. Cook slowly for around 20 mins, turning occasionally until the potatoes are all caramelised.
Let us know if you give them a try!

Service Closures during the Festive Season

FDAMH will be completely closed on the following dates:

Afternoon of Fri 19 December (join us instead at FDAMH's Christmas Party!)

Thu 25 December

Fri 26 December

Thu 1 January

Fri 2 January

Counselling Service: Last appointments will be on Thursday 18th December. The service will reopen on Monday 5th January.


Carers' Tuesday Night Support Group
Tue 18th Nov, 7pm - 9pm
Victoria Centre

Women's Group - Making Sweets
Thu 20th Nov, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Centre

Bereaved by Suicide Group
Mon 24th Nov, 6pm - 8.30pm
Victoria Centre

Women's Group - Bonnie Buttons
Thu 27th Nov, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Centre

Carers' Coffee Morning
Fri 28th Nov, 12 noon - 2pm
Victoria Centre

Carers' Wednesday Night Support Group
Wed 3rd Dec, 7pm - 9pm
Victoria Centre

Women's Group - Christmas Bingo
Thu 4th Dec, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Centre

Women's Group - Christmas Party
Thu 11th Dec, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Centre

Carers' Coffee Morning
Fri 12th Dec, 12 noon - 2pm
Victoria Centre

Drop-In Karaoke
Mon 15th Dec, 1.30pm to 3.30pm
Victoria Centre Drop-In

Carers Christmas Party
Tue 16th Dec, 6pm
Park Hotel, £10

Women's Group - Pamper Day
Thu 18th Dec, 11.30am - 1.30pm
Victoria Centre

FDAMH's Christmas Party!!
Thu 19th Dec, 1pm - 5pm
British Legion, Grangemouth
Please make sure you buy your ticket from FDAMH!

Bereaved by Suicide Group -
Christmas Buffet

Mon 22nd Dec, 6pm - 8.30pm
Victoria Centre
(Buffet In!)

Drop-In Christmas Eve Party!!
Wed 24th Dec, 12.30pm to 2.30pm
Victoria Centre Drop-In
, £2

New funding awards and support have been received from:

Robertson Trust

Shared Care

Polmont Rotary Club


Thank You!

A full list of our funders and supporters is available on our website here

If you are looking for an organisation to support in your next fundraising activity we'd love to hear from you! Remember you can nominate FDAMH on BT MyDonate or Virgin Money Giving's fundraising site.

October 200 Club Winners

Congratulations to:

A Price
J Milne
V Francis
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