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Singing effort brings fundraising rewards!

2017 01 Choir at Howgate

Our lovely Freedom of Mind Choir raised over £600 from performing at three separate venues throughout December. This was quite an undertaking for the group and we’re so proud of them. The group took any difficulties in their stride, doing a fantastic job even when the piano failed at the Howgate – continuing like professionals with the help of some Youtube backing tracks. Well done!

If you’re interested in our choir or perhaps would love to help support them please get in touch with Emily at FDAMH on 01324 671600.

Tag: Activities, Events, Volunteering
31/01/2017 at 2:14 pm

Art for all thrives at FDAMH

FDAMH’s art groups and our great relationships with local artists are continuing to offer great benefits and opportunities to those who wish to use art to support their recovery.

Art ExhibitionOur exhibition at Falkirk Fire Station, just before Christmas, drew in lots of people who were interested in the Artwork’s created by our Artists with three pieces being sold during the exhibition and on their way to new homes! We were thrilled to be visited by Contemporary Artist Karen Strang and Provost Pat Reid who were very impressed by the standard of the work on show and commented on the effectiveness of Art on mental health and how it can sooth and relax the mind. All in all, both our visitors and artists had a great afternoon.

Inspiration is all around and our Art Group recently took a trip to the National Modern Art Gallery in Edinburgh to see the work of Joan Eardley. The group had a fantastic time, got lots of ideas for future Artworks and feel very inspired to keep drawing!

Edinburgh Modern Art Gallery

Liz Hendrie - Italy
FDAMH’s gallery space is updated every few months, deepening the experience of art for everyone who visits the centre. Our latest exhibit is thanks to emerging Falkirk based Artist, Liz Hendrie, with a range of uplifting pictures that will be at FDAMH for the next 3 months. Liz Hendrie last year won first prize in the FDAMH Art competition for Mental Health Awareness week and we are thrilled to have her back exhibiting her new collection of works with us. (Works are on sale, but you’d better be quick!)

Arts activities can be extremely beneficial to mental wellbeing. It doesn’t matter what level you’re at or how good you think you’ll be – if you’re struggling with your mental health and think enjoying art in a friendly and supportive environment could help please get in touch with Emily at FDAMH on 01324 671600. Or visit our Activity Group web pages.

Love art and love what it can do? Have you thought about sharing your passion by volunteering with FDAMH?

Tag: Activities, Events, Mental Health
31/01/2017 at 1:16 pm

Your views sought by Mental Welfare Commission

The Mental Welfare Commission (MWC) protects and promotes the human rights of people with mental health conditions in Scotland.

The Commission is looking at what their priorities should be over the next few years and want YOUR help in guiding the process. You should be someone who uses mental health services or be a carer or family member of someone who does. Sharing your experiences helps organisations like MWC identify the issues that matter most – and act on them!

A special engagement day takes place in Glasgow on 21st November. If you would like to attend please pop along to the MWC website to apply by 21st October. (If you would like help to apply please ask any staff member at FDAMH). Travel expenses will be paid by MWC.

Tag: Events, User Involvement & Consultation
17/10/2016 at 1:42 pm

Raising Their Voices Tremendously

FDAMH's Freedom of Mind Choir from FDAMH on Vimeo.


FDAMH’s Freedom of Mind Choir have put on a brilliant performance at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, highlighting the immense wellbeing benefits of singing together. Friends from other choirs in the community joined them to raise their voices for wellbeing with a set that included well known songs from Bob Dylan, R Kelly and John Lennon.

A tremendous 85 singers in total gathered in the hospital on Wednesday 5th October – and those of whom came from other choirs had kindly joined us for rehearsals in September and on the day of the performance. It has been fantastic to bring people together from across the community like this and we’ve had great feedback from choir members who joined us, with one person commenting “This has been a great experience for me I’ve loved every minute of it!”

The audience had a brilliant reaction to our performance which marked World Mental Health Day 2016 and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. We also raised nearly £300 to help keep our choir going. Many thanks to everyone who came along!

Prior to the event Activity Coordinator Emily, and Choir Members Liz Reap and Morag Russell were invited to speak live on air with Jim Prentice at Radio Royal. Liz and Morag spoke enthusiastically about how much the choir means to them, also reading out poems and comments from fellow choir members highlighting the joys and benefits it has brought. In particular one member has highlighted how the song “I’m gonna do it all” performed by the choir is full of meaning, saying “Kim (Choir Leader) and Emily have helped us all so much more than they will ever know.”

We’d like to thank Jim and Radio Royal for their on-going interest in the work of FDAMH.

Lots of photos on our Facebook page (Falkirks Mental Health) and Instagram Account (@FDAMH_arts).

Tag: Activities, Events, Mental Health
07/10/2016 at 11:24 am

World Mental Health Day

The 10th October 2016 is World Mental Health Day.

This year’s theme is Psychological First Aid (PFA). PFA teaches people who are not mental health professionals how to provide effective support to people who are very distressed following a crisis event. Anyone can be trained to provide PFA and follow the four key principles of Prepare, Look, Listen and Link. You can find out more about PFA on the World Health Organisation’s website.

If you want to feel better equipped to support people in a crisis or experiencing a mental health problem you can get training with Scotland’s Mental Health First Aid. (SMHFA). This is a certified two day course that teaches you how to listen and respond to someone in distress and help them get professional help. It also teaches you about some of the most common mental health problems.

The FDAMH Training Academy is an SMHFA provider – you can find out more on the Training Academy pages.

Professional crisis support is available at FDAMH through our Immediate Help Service. This is a no appointment service (you shouldn’t wait for more than 20 minutes) and is available Monday to Thursday (10am to 4pm) and on Fridays (10am to 3pm) for anyone 16 and over living in the Falkirk District.

Crisis may be the starting point in someone’s journey with FDAMH, but we’re marking World Mental Health Day and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) by celebrating Recovery and the great health benefits of singing! Our ‘Raise Your Voice for Wellbeing’ event takes place at Forth Valley Royal Hospital at 7pm on Wednesday 5th October (in the Foyer). Please do come along and enjoy our award-winning choir supported by friends joining us from choirs around Forth Valley.

Tag: Activities, Events, Mental Health
03/10/2016 at 2:47 pm

An Invitation from the Freedom of Mind Choir

2016 9 News Raise your voice SMHAFF

Our Highly Commended Newcomer Choir “Freedom Of Mind” extend a warm invitation to all to their joyful singing event at the Forth Valley Royal on Wednesday the 5th of October. The event is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and is also celebrating World Mental Health Awareness Day.

FDAMH developed their very first choir in February for FDAMH service users, volunteers and staff. Since February we have had over 20 people sign up to the choir and continue to enjoy coming each week. The positive feedback from those involved has been overwhelming with many feeling uplifted and more connected with their community.

For many, singing in this choir has put them on the path to recovery and is bringing hope and happiness to those who are lacking in confidence and self-belief.

Our “Freedom Of Mind” Choir had their first performance in June at the Kelpies which was extremely successful and won them their first award from Scotland Sings. We are now pushing ourselves to do a singing event for the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival and will be supported by some individuals from other choirs in the community who would also like to advocate singing as a means of therapy.

Revelling in the joy of music and performance, this event intends to promote the massive positive effects singing can have on a person as well as to raise awareness of how to improve wellbeing, mental health and be involved in the community.

The event takes place at 7pm in the main foyer of Forth Valley Royal Hospital. There are no tickets but it would be great if you could give us an indication of if you are coming in order for us to be able to accommodate seating requirements. Just email Emily!

We’re all really excited to see you there!

Tag: Activities, Events, Mental Health
09/09/2016 at 10:41 am