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December 2018

Festive Opening
FDAMH will be closed on the public holidays over Christmas and New Year: Tuesdsay 25th and Wednesday 26th December, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd January.
The Counselling Service will close at the end of the day on Friday 21st December and re-open on Monday 7th January.


Half Year Report

Every year we produce an update on the first 6 months of our financial year to let you know how much support we have been providing and keep you up-to-date on any changes to our services.

Our Half Year Report for 2018 demonstrates that we have been just as busy as always. Included in the report: the core values behind each of our services and the great response to our developing Social Spark service.

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Christmas Concert at the Trinity Church

Shake off the rush and get your festive sparkle back! Our Freedom of Mind Choir will be bringing an evening of festive songs to the Trinity Church Sanctuary on Wednesday 19th December.
Tickets are only £3, children go free. You can reserve tickets by calling or popping into FDAMH or buy them on the door.

Board Update

The team at FDAMH were sad to say farewell to David McClements at our AGM in October. David joined FDAMH as a Board Member in 2008, serving as Chair for some years. Board Member Angus MacVicar, who has been serving since 2013, has taken over the role of Chair and at the AGM we were also delighted to welcome new Board Members Chris Gray and Hollie Houghton.

FDAMH's Board is a group of unpaid volunteers who are ultimately responsible for FDAMH and take a strategic view of the organisation. If you are interested in volunteering with FDAMH's Board please visit our volunteering page.
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Pupils developing mental health 'Toolbox' for P7s

Staff at FDAMH were very impressed with a presentation at FDAMH by a group of pupils from Graeme High who are taking forward an exciting project to develop a mental health 'Toolbox'. The Toolbox will provide an accessible teaching resource for children preparing to make the move to high school and will support teaching staff who may have limited knowledge about mental health issues.

The school students are working in partnership with the FDAMH Training Academy and last year a trial toolbox was delivered to P7 pupils at Laurieston Primary and went down a storm. In particular the P7s loved that the lesson was delivered by older students. It is hoped that funds can be acquired to support the further development of the trial Toolbox so that it will eventually include a variety of resources supported by an entire mental health lesson, delivered by the pupils, on DVD. It is hoped that the toolbox could be rolled out across the area.

Family Support Manager Neil Sowerby said "I particularly like that the speakers took seriously the comments and concerns of primary school youngsters and were prepared to act on this feedback to try  to make a difference for the upcoming generations. Sometimes I get the impression we, as a society, do not listen or take seriously enough the younger generation's sense of “mental health” and we welcome them in their attempt to open up dialogue with others to challenge the stigma around the issue of mental ill health or mental health in general"

If you would like to support this project in any way please contact Diane Stewart at FDAMH Training Academy.

Work with us!

Vacancy: Social Spark Coordinator

£19,000 per annum; 35 hours per week (hours negotiable)
26 days A/L + 8 days Public Holidays
Closing Date: Thursday 6th Dec
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Family Support

Carers Summit on 30th November in Edinburgh

This year's Summit will be held in Edinburgh City Chambers on 30th November 2018. This event will start at 10.15am and finish around 2pm. 

The Summit is open to carers and professionals and this year's event will be on the theme "Caring about your future". Speakers and information stalls will cover topics including nutrition, breaks, employability and skills and finances.

If you would like to attend visit  to register online.

Healthy Eating for Carers - from Carers Scotland

Eating a healthy balanced diet is vital for maintaining good health for us all.  Good nutrition can help the body to maintain or improve strength, stay mobile and keep us independence.

Carers Scotland is working in partnership with Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition to improve understanding about nutrition and caring.  In a recent survey Carers UK found that 60% of carers worry about the nutritional intake of the person they care for. Our partnership provides carers with the information and resources on nutritional care for themselves and the person they care for.

The following titles have been produced to help provide better support for carers around nutritional problems and eating difficulties.

For more information go to or

This story is from Carers Scotland, you can visit their website at

The Social Spark

Groups are booming

Our increased focus on creating small supportive social groups is proving very popular and effective. Over the last six months The Social Spark have been looking at new groups to run within the community. Thanks to support from our ever-adaptable team of volunteers we have recently introduced a new 'Pool Group' (cues rather than swimming trunks!) and 'Creative Women's Group'.

Our new Creative Women's Group was formed when we noticed that there was a number of women who were finding it hard to get out and about or finding it difficult to join a group, due to a number of obstacles.They told us they would feel most comfortable with a Women's Group, so taking this on board The Social Spark team started to look for a venue within the community where they could run a creative group for women to come along to and engage in all type of creative arts. Larbert Baptist Church had a room available for our group and our first 4 -month block of our new Creative Women’s Group began in September.

The first 4 week block was Creative Writing which was well received:
“Loved every minute of it – brought so many emotions up and out – very therapeutic”.
“I found the confidence to read out my written pieces in front of people and feel it was ok not to be perfect”.
The second Block was Drawing/Painting, with one participant saying “I found confidence in my creative ability which has helped my self-esteem and given me more positive feelings about what I can achieve”.
The Third Block has just started with the ladies producing gift bags for Christmas, and a yoga session to help with relaxation.

Bereaved by Suicide Group


Opening Hours over the Festive Period

Our busy counsellors will be taking a well-earned rest over Christmas and New Year. Therefore, Counselling will close on Friday 21st December at 4pm and re-open on Monday 7th January 2019 at 9am.

Welcoming New Counsellors

A warm welcome to new volunteer counsellors Alice Boyd, Kirsten Lyall and Margaret Gibson.


Please help us to keep changing and saving lives

Christmas Hamper Appeal

As part of FDAM’s ongoing fundraising, we hope to make several Christmas Hampers that we can then raffle off to raise funds. We are therefore seeking items that would go towards building these hampers. Ideally, we are looking for things like toiletry gift sets, chocolates, fancy foodstuffs, vouchers, Christmas treats and any other gifts that might serve both men and women. Michele and Julie will then work their magic in creating the hampers and making them look suitably festive.

If you feel you might be able to donate something, however small, towards these hampers, we would be very grateful. Our fundraising goes on all year, but previous raffles of our hampers have brought in over £1000 annually and by generously donating, you help to ensure that our valuable work can continue throughout the forthcoming year.

If you feel you can help us in creating our hampers, please bring any donations you might have to our Centre in Victoria Road. We would like to thank everyone for their ongoing generosity.

Vital Community Support for FDAMH

It has been wonderful to see the great level of support from our community this year. We are delighted with the number of you who are able to give up your time by getting involved in volunteering with us. We've run numerous volunteer induction training blocks this year to bring all the new volunteers on board, and the new year doesn't look like it will be any quieter - which is great news for the people who want to use our services!

We've also benefited from a fun mix of fundraising events that people have been organising themselves to support FDAMH - not least an incredible Burlesque-a-thon! And we've received generous individual donations too. We also must thank a myriad of enthusiastic school pupils who have been getting to know us through the Youth Philanthropy Initiative.

We'd also like to acknowledge the support we have received from families during difficult times in their own lives. FDAMH has been supported by a number of retiral collections, including a collection in memory of David Alexander Milne at his funeral in July this year. We'd like to thank friends and family for thinking of FDAMH and send them all our best wishes.

If you'd like to speak to us about a fundraising initiative please contact Stuart McCallum our Fundraising Manager.


Find Your Perfect Volunteer Role

Have fun, learn and grow...while helping someone else...'s a win - win!
Find out more about how you can volunteer on our website

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Eating for mental wellbeing

The festive period can be the worst time of year for not taking care of what we eat, yet the food we put or don't put in our bodies can affect how we feel. We were delighted to have nutritionist Anne Cross visit recently to provide a fascinating session on diet and mental wellbeing to interested staff and volunteers. You can find out more about Anne's advice by visiting her blog:

More on eating and mental health:
Read the Food and Mood booklet from Mind:
Podcasts about mental health and nutrition on the Mental Health Foundation's website:
A guide to eating well and mental health from the Royal College of Psychiatrists:
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