September 2016 Newsletter from FDAMH
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September 2016

Hello <<First Name>>,
Well, the newsletter is here at last - and no, we haven't been lost on the Ben, it's just been a very busy and pretty incredible summer...
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FDAMH will be closed for a Public Holiday on Monday 12th September

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No Men Nevis Smashes Expectations

£57,663 has so far been raised for FDAMH by the fantastic No Men Nevis fundraising event!

313 incredible women headed off up Ben Nevis on the 16th and 17th July in what turned out to be horrid wet conditions to raise funds for FDAMH and support mental health and wellbeing.

We’re sending out a VERY BIG thank you to everyone who took part, particularly in facing tough, wintery hikes on what were meant to be summer’s days! Thank you also to those who supported the event, and we must of course mention Tommy Hamilton who made the whole thing happen and worked so incredibly hard throughout to make it a success.

We are absolutely thrilled by fantastic feedback from participants revealing a much bigger legacy from this event than simply raising money – you can find walkers’ comments on the No Men Nevis Facebook Page (link below). They are truly inspirational and well worth a read!

No Men Nevis on Facebook
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You can make a quick £5 text donation to  'NO Men Nevis'
Text: NOMN16 £5  To: 70070
And show your support for these amazing ladies!

Community Behind FDAMH

Hot on the heels of No Men Nevis, we're utterly bowled over by amazing levels of support from our community such as we've never seen before. So here's just some of the terrific people and events that we have to thank for their efforts this summer:
Forth Valley Kettlebells - Kettlebells Marathon
John Wells and Kristina Sefleriene - a range of events leading up to their Everest Base Camp challenge this November
Central Hampers Prize Raffle
Falkirk Soroptimists - a whole year of fundraising has commenced!
Braes Football Charity Match at Falkirk Stadium

Summer Holidays Past? Time to get back into Learning!

The FDAMH Training Academy can help you develop your knowledge, not just in mental health but in essential life skills to help you in family, work and volunteering roles!

Our Training Academy is a social enterprise for FDAMH. Its intention is to reduce stigma and improve wellbeing and promote early intervention through training and engagement with all sections of the community. Any profits from the enterprise will support FDAMH's charitable work in the community.
Next spaces for our Boundaries Workshop: 27th September
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Have Your Say

Scottish Government Mental Health Consultation

Mental Health in Scotland – a 10 year vision is the Scottish Government's proposed framework and priorities to transform mental health in Scotland. You can read this short paper here:

The new Mental Health Strategy will be published in late 2016. It follows a four-year strategy that ran from 2012 to 2015. The new Strategy will cover a 10 year period. Engagement activities have already been underway to help shape and develop the new Strategy. This current 'vision' paper reflects what has been heard and considered so far and now your input is needed.

Your views are wanted on:
  • the priorities that have been identified for transforming mental health in Scotland;
  • the early actions proposed to deliver this transformation; and
  • how success should be measured over the 10 years.
The voices of real experience are vital to shaping these processes and we really encourage anyone who is able to take some time to respond to the consultation.
Go to Online Consultation

Annual General Meeting

If you're an official member of FDAMH you will shortly be receiving your invitation to our Annual General Meeting.

Our AGM takes place on Wednesday 28th September, 7pm in the Victoria Centre. Just like last year it is members only.

A note about being an official member of FDAMH:
You don't need to be a member to use any of FDAMH's services - the vast majority of service users are not members!
Anyone interested in FDAMH and its aims can apply for annual membership which is available for £1 and gives voting rights at General Meetings.
Membership runs from 1st April to 31st March each year.
To apply you can download a form now or request one next time you're at FDAMH!
Download Membership Form

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Family Support

Creative Breaks at FDAMH set to continue!

Carers at FDAMH have been enjoying valuable time out on Mindfulness courses, Art workshops, Alternative Therapy courses and our Carers Education course thanks to funding from Shared Care Scotland’s Creative Breaks Fund.

We are very pleased to announce that Creative Breaks have now awarded further funding so that this excellent and very well-received programme can continue.

Course Programme

Carers Education Course

Living with Mental Health Problems
A Free course for relatives, partners and friends

Running for 2 hours a week over 6 weeks, this friendly and informal course will aim to give you:
  • Information about mental health issues
  • Effective ways of dealing with stress and other feelings
  • Ways of supporting and communicating with your friend or relative
  • The opportunity to discuss and share ideas with others
Autumn 2016
The Victoria Centre, 173 Victoria Road, Falkirk.

If you would like to register for a place on this course or find out more:
phone Neil Sowerby or Susan Burns on: 01324 671600
or email:

New Carer Positive videos (from Carers Scotland)

Carers Scotland has launched a series of videos to highlight the benefits of supporting the growing number of people who are currently managing paid employment alongside caring. The videos feature a number of ‘Carer Positive’ organisations showing the benefits of good support from the perspective of the employer and carer.
Carer Positive Website

Carers (Scotland) Bill (from Carers Scotland)

The provisions of the Bill will be implemented from 2017 and include:
  • the introduction of Adult Carer Support Plans (ACSP) and Young Carers Statements (YCS) to replace carers assessments.
  • the removal of the requirement for carers to provide regular and substantial care, meaning that ACSP and YCS are open to all carers.
  • the right to support for carers who meet eligibility
  • ACSP and YCS must consider a range of issues including emergency and future planning and timescales for the completion of these plans will be set for people caring for someone with a terminal illness.
  • a duty on local authorities to ensure that there is an information and advice service for carers in their area.
  • a duty on local authorities and health boards to publish a carers strategy in consultation with carers and carers organisations in their area.
  • a duty on health boards to inform and involve carers in hospital discharge of the person they care for.
There are a range of other provisions and Carers Scotland has produced a briefing and a Q & A for carers.
Carers Scotland Briefing and Q&A on the Bill

A Time to Remember

Forth Valley's annual remembrance service for those bereaved by suicide.
Did you know FDAMH runs a support group for people bereaved as a result of a suicide? The group meets on the last Monday of every month. Visit our website to find out more.
Support Groups at FDAMH

Service User and Carer Involvement

We're sad to say that Linda McGonigle has decided to throw herself fully into retirement and is therefore standing down from her role as Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator. It has been delightful having Linda with us, bringing her wealth of knowledge from a long career in the NHS. We all wish Linda all the very best in her retirement.

Everyone involved with the group has been informed and Linda is busily completing current strands of activity. There are no immediate plans with regards to the project, however we will continue to promote involvement opportunities. If you are interested in finding out about local groups that help you to have your say on all sorts of issues please just get in touch!

Befriending Services

It's Excellence for Third Age Befriending!

Our Third Age Befriending Service is celebrating it’s tremendous achievement in being awarded Excellence in Befriending by Befriending Networks - 1 of only 6 organisations in Scotland to achieve the 'Excellence' standard!

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Tea And A Blether - More time to chat with TAB

Meeting up once a month just didn’t feel often enough for some of the members of Third Age Befriending’s Stepping On Groups. So our TAB team have introduced ‘Tea And A Blether’ – a fortnightly get together at local cafes for group members that are keen to fit in a bit more chit chat!

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Our Inaugural Befrienders and Befriendees BBQ!

People in our Befriending Service suggested it would be lovely to have a social evening for volunteers and our befriendees. So we've organised our first befriender/befriendee group social evening! Our event takes place on Friday 2nd September, 6.30pm at the Victoria Centre!

Activities at FDAMH

Get in touch!

If you're interested in any of the activities mentioned please get in touch with Emily at FDAMH on 01324 671 600 or email!
New Drama Class
You can still join our latest drama class which started on the 29th August! All sorts of roles available, all you need to bring is your enthusiasm!

Looking for an activity that's going to help you get fitter?

Emily has links with local providers - but we need enough interest to make these work. If you would definitely be keen to pursue fitness opportunities please get in touch with Emily using the details above!

Freedom of Mind Choir Awarded by Scotland Sings

We are thrilled that our hard-working Freedom of Mind Choir recently achieved Highly Commended in Scotland Sings Chorus Awards 2016 - Best Newcomer! The choir's next public performance will be the 'Raise your Voice' event at Forth Valley Royal on the 5th October - the excitement is building!
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Singer? Raise Your Voice needs YOU!

Our wonderful Freedom of Mind Choir will be taking centre stage at our event on 5th October to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival.

We're looking for singers and choir members from across the community to join us to celebrate the joy and benefits of singing together.

Our rehearsal dates are listed on the poster. To find out more and request music files please contact Emily Stewart at FDAMH on 01324 671600 or click the button below!
I'm a singer - count me in!

All welcome at our Felters' Exhibition Opening

New Sketching Group members producing lovely work:

Buzzing to be Outdoors

There's a lot of talk just now about the mental health and general wellbeing benefits of being in touch with nature and getting outside into natural surroundings. Well, we agree! Our latest outdoor course with Anna Canning is going down a treat and we're sending a thank you to the Helix Beekeepers for an excellent trip last week that was hands-on and wiped all those bee fears away!
More Activity Group Images on FDAMH Insta-Gallery

Popping-Up Crafts

Well done to members of our Women's Group and Craft Groups who supplied lots of lovely items to sell at our Pop Up Crafts in the Howgate and at the recent Falkirk Charity Day!

Volunteer Support and Development

Record levels of new volunteers - but we always need more!

We are just about to commence our 5th volunteer induction training course of the year for people wanting to volunteer at FDAMH! Testament to growing awareness of FDAMH and the terrific volunteering opportunities we offer, we're absolutely delighted to be welcoming people from all of walks of life with a variety of different skills into all sorts of roles.
Find out more about Volunteer Opportunities

- - EVENTS - -

Get Event Details on FDAMH's Website
Full details and event information is available on our website!
Please get in touch with us before attending any of the groups for the first time: it helps to make sure you're accessing groups that are best suited to your needs and we can let you know which groups have a waiting list.


Be inspired to get outside!
Enjoying nature and the outdoors can be a terrific boost to your mental and physical wellbeing. This lovely Instagram account from the Falkirk Outdoor Access Rangers proves there's plenty to enjoy on your doorstep!
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FDAMH is known as Falkirk's Mental Health Association.
Our registered name is Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health.
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