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Fantastic Line-up of FDAMH Events for SMHAFF

‘Reclaim’ your sense of self with FDAMH’s October events for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF).

We have a fantastic series of exhibitions, performances and workshops to inspire you and get you hands-on involved in your own reclamation work, whatever form it takes! Learn how embracing creativity and self-expression through the Arts can help us all to look after our wellbeing.

SMHAFF Poster

Reclaim
Visual Arts Exhibition from Local Artists

Exhibition featuring work from over 50 Forth Valley-based artists, including established artists Lesley Anne Derks, Catherine King and Karen Strang and input from final year students at local schools. Styles range from photorealism to surreal pieces, highlighting the talent and diversity of local artists.
10–13 Oct
10am–5pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free | Info: 01324 671 600, emily.stewart@fdamh.org.uk

Freedom of Mind Choir
FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir will perform a selection of uplifting songs to celebrate World Mental Health Day, as well as the Reclaim exhibition opening.
Tue 10 Oct
1–2pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free

Reclaim: Felt Workshop
Free Workshop

Led by textile artist Lynne Knox, this workshop will guide participants through basic felt techniques, helping to reclaim boring everyday items and turn them into something beautiful.
Thu 12 Oct
2–4pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free Tickets | Book Online

Reclaim Your Identity: Storytelling Workshop
Free Workshop

Poet Janet Crawford leads a storytelling workshop, with a focus on the theme of reclaiming your identity. Join in some fun group exercises and explore a range of creative writing techniques to create your own piece of poetry or prose.
Fri/13th Oct
2–4pm
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free Tickets | Book Online

Reclaim: Film Screenings
A selection of short films created by FDAMH, in collaboration with local filmmakers and musicians. Showcasing various aspects of the FDAMH arts programme, including music, spoken word and drama, these films explore a range of mental health themes and highlight how important the arts are to recovery.
Mon 16 Oct
10–11am, 5–6pm & 7–8pm
Falkirk Library, Hope Street, Falkirk FK1 5AU
Free | Info: 01324 671 600, emily.stewart@fdamh.org.uk

Tag: Events, Mental Health
29/08/2017 at 10:23 am



Art at the Fire Station

Art Exhibition

Take an afternoon pause at the Falkirk Fire Station on Thursday 31st August to see an exhibition of work by our latest Art Group.

This exhibition showcases a collection of work completed by the group who have been attending an Art course run by FDAMH at the Falkirk Fire Station for the last 6 months. The class have been honing their skills and have grown in ability over the last few months sketching a wide variety of subjects from still life to portraiture and are excited to present their work to the public. We hope to raise awareness of Mental health in the community and promote how the Arts can help positive wellbeing and recovery.

The event will take place for one day only on Thursday the 31st of August from 2-5pm, we hope to see you there!

Tag: Activities, Events
22/08/2017 at 10:18 am



FDAMH’s Ben Nevis Walkers

Our All Ben Nevis (No Men Nevis – Men Too) fundraising event was a guided-hike up Ben Nevis which took place on the 5th and 6th of August. Massive thanks to the terrific bunch of people who rose to the challenge!

You can support all of our fabulous walkers by popping along to the event’s: BT MyDonate page and giving a donation, welcome whatever size.

FDAMH supported 1 in 70 of Falkirk’s population last year so the chances are you have a friends, relatives or colleagues that have turned to us for help during the past 12 months. Please help us to be there for them.

Tag: Events, FDAMH
24/07/2017 at 4:04 pm



Free Events for You 8-14 May

With our Sunday Funday at the Helix through to our powerful drama Being Frank, we’re making sure mental wellbeing is firmly on the map in Falkirk during Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.

Taking care of our mental health and wellbeing is vital, and that’s why FDAMH will be engaging with our community and local businesses throughout Mental Health Awareness Week from 8th to 14th May. We’ll be highlighting the importance of our mental health, the role we can all play in taking care of each other and how you can help.

Don’t miss our FREE end of week celebration at the Helix – you’ll find us out on the Great Lawn with fun family challenges on Sunday 14th May from 11am to 3pm.

Full Programme of Events

Sunday Funday

Tag: Events, FDAMH
28/04/2017 at 3:01 pm



Be Inspired by Being Frank

Being Frank Poster

“Brave, Inspirational, Brilliant” The team behind the return of Being Frank have received fantastic reviews from their first audience at Stirling’s Macrobert Centre.

Being Frank is an original play written by FDAMH’s Media Group with support from renowned local writer and film-maker Katie White. The story of mental health crisis and recovery is constructed from real life experiences and threaded through with the cast’s creative reactions to their experiences of life affected by emotional and mental distress.

One of our cast says “I want people to know more about poor mental health and I want to inform people who don’t know what it is and how you can get support”. Indeed the whole team are passionate about using Being Frank to broaden understanding and have chosen to include a Question and Answer session at the end of the play adding an extraordinary opportunity for members of the audience to pose questions to the cast about their experiences of mental distress.

When asked how they found it so easy to talk openly about their mental health one cast member revealed “No one was very keen on disclosing pieces of themselves and their illnesses and how they cope — or didn’t cope — at the beginning. It took time and a lot of trust which has been built through friendship, understanding and unconditional positive regard.”

Questions to the cast included asking them how they coped with taking part in something as anxiety-inducing as a performance. In response it was evident that whether excitement or nerves, the important point for the group is overcoming the challenges to get their messages on mental health across. This is something they can feel confident in achieving with comments such as “fabulous way to lift taboo and spread understanding” and “thank you so much for educating me” being just some of the many positive responses from the audience.

FDAMH’s Activities Coordinator, Emily Stewart, says “I couldn’t be more proud of the group. They have overcome their anxieties about performing and bravely allowed themselves to be completely open to an audience of people about their own experience of mental health. They have hit home the importance of how we as a community can dispel stigma and educate people about mental health and I am honoured to work with them.”

You still have a chance to see a second production of Being Frank at the Macrobert, Stirling on the 9 May 2017 at 2pm. Tickets are free but space is limited so book online now at the Macrobert Arts Centre or phone 01786 466666.

FDAMH would like to thank everyone involved and all that are generously supporting Being Frank with time, space and posts.

Tag: Activities, Events, FDAMH
07/04/2017 at 12:26 pm



FDAMH delivers Mindfulness for those affected by cancer

This April, thanks to partnership with NHS Forth Valley, we’ll be offering a free 7-week Mindfulness Course for those affected by cancer. Living with a condition like cancer can create significant emotional and physical distress.

This course is a structured programme which offers tools and techniques to relieve the distress you’re experiencing and will help you:

Learn to handle your thoughts, moods and emotions more effectively
Be better able to deal with your physical, mental, social and emotional difficulties
Find new and effective ways of managing your stress, anxiety and pain

The course will take place on Saturday mornings at FDAMH’s Victoria Centre starting on the 29th April and you can be assured of a warm welcome and a safe, comfortable environment.

If you’re interested in taking part please contact Neil Sowerby at FDAMH on 01324 671 608.

Mindfulness for those affected by Cancer

Tag: Events
31/01/2017 at 2:38 pm