News – Events

Promoting the Year of Listening with Network Rail

FDAMH will be at Falkirk Grahamston Station on Wednesday 7th September from 10am to 3pm to help promote Scotland’s ‘Year of Listening’, with staff available for anyone who wants to chat about their or someone else’s mental health or is experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Network Rail chaperones and organisations involved in supporting those with Mental ill health (like FDAMH), NHS 24, Breathing Space and Samaritans will be stationed at railway stations throughout Scotland this week. Tannoy announcements about the Year of Listening will also be broadcast all week, highlighting the presence of trained professionals in the cafes and rail stations and even on the trains. The aim is to highlight the importance of listening and help people who are facing mental health issues to find support.

We’d like to thank Network Rail for involving us in this programme of events.

Tag: Events
06/09/2016 at 11:21 am

Felters Showcase at Coffee on Wooer

Felting Exhibition

Our Fabulous Felter’s group have been celebrating a successful evening following the launch of their very first Felting Exhibition in local coffee shop “Coffee on Wooer” on Friday night.

The group were delighted to welcome local Artists, council workers and business connector Sharon Macdonald among the evening’s visitors. The work exhibited received high praise with comments such as “fantastic and unusual.”

The exhibition showcased the work of a group who only started felt making classes in February 2016! What is Felt making you may ask? It is the process by which wool fibre is worked and fused together in order to create a range of creative work from landscapes to flowers or even flags! Our participants have been exploring this Art form with FDAMH volunteer and felt Artist Lynne Knox.

The Arts programme (run by Emily Stewart) allows those affected by mental ill health to participate in an activity in order to improve self-esteem and self-confidence and create a platform on which members can build positive relationships which is very important for mental wellbeing. Taking part in activities also allows people some dedicated relaxation time, which aids stress management and relieves anxiety.

Emily Stewart says “I have seen real measurable difference in our clients since beginning this class. It has enabled them to discover and learn new skills and make new friends. Seeing their work get better and better and their confidence grow as they see the fantastic work they are producing is a joy.”

Emily wanted an appropriate venue in which to exhibit the work of the members and has made connections with local cafe “Coffee on Wooer.” Emily believes this venue has been integral to the success of the exhibition. “We feel the café has a rustic, bohemian charm that lends itself to the Art our participants created and the two complement each other. The staff were so helpful and we hope to continue a positive relationship with COW”.

The exhibition continues for the rest of September at 2-4 Wooer Street. For information about buying the work on display please contact Emily Stewart:

Tag: Activities, Events
05/09/2016 at 1:55 pm

Felting exhibition shows the only limit is imagination

2016 8 feltmaking exhibition

Our ‘Fabulous Felters’ are excited to be displaying their beautiful felt creations at a local exhibition.

Coffee on Wooer will be featuring the work of the FDAMH felt making class, who have been discovering the Art of felt making. Creating everything from jewellery to landscapes their imaginations have been the only limit with Felt Artist Lynn Knox guiding them through different artistic processes.

Our exhibition opening will be held on Friday the 2nd of September at 7.30pm at the Coffee on Wooer, Falkirk. The exhibition will continue for a month.

Our next felt-making group starts on the 9th September. Activities at FDAMH offer excellent opportunities for people to enjoy the benefits of being with others and to build self-esteem and confidence and experience the pleasure of exploring new interests and challenges. They can help people feel more able to engage with other opportunities in their communities.

Perhaps you feel strongly about the importance of the arts in mental health recovery? We are always keen to hear from people who would like to support our activity groups, whether one-off workshops or a longer-term commitment to helping out with the groups – please simply contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Morag Fullard, at FDAMH to find out more.

Tag: Activities, Events, Volunteering
23/08/2016 at 9:08 am

Singer? We want YOU!

Raise your voice for wellbeing

We’re extending a warm invitation to singers from across Forth Valley and beyond to join us for our Big Sing event at Forth Valley Royal Hospital this October!

The event takes place on 5th October to highlight the great health and social benefits of singing together and to celebrate the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) 2016!

Our own Freedom of Mind Choir is hard at work rehearsing for the event but we would love other singers and choir members from across the community to come together and sing with us in the true spirit of the event.

We are holding rehearsals on the 14th September in the Forth Valley Royal Lecture Theatre from 6pm to 9pm and on the 5th October 2-4pm and 5-7pm, just prior to the performance at 7pm. To help you rehearse we can provide sound files and copies of the music.

Please get in touch with Emily Stewart at FDAMH if you think you could join us. You can also phone Emily on 01324 671600.

Tag: Activities, Events, Local News
22/08/2016 at 10:26 am

Kelpie Kettlebells Lift for FDAMH

[caption id=”attachment_9771″ align=”alignnone” width=”400″]Kettlebells Challenge, Kelpies Niall MacKinnon (front) at the Kettlebells Challenge at the Kelpies[/caption]

Niall MacKinnon, of Forth Valley Kettlebells (FVKB), has used a marathon kettlebell lifting session at the Kelpies to fundraise for FDAMH.

Niall organised the event in memory of friend and fellow FVKB member Rhiannyd. The event took place on Saturday 30th July and we’re delighted that, for a change, this fundraising event took place in the sunshine!

Very many thanks to Niall, everyone at FVKB and supporters for their efforts on behalf of FDAMH and in supporting mental health. You can still donate to the Kettlebell Challenge here:

Tag: Events, FDAMH
01/08/2016 at 1:38 pm

Kristina & John set their sights high for FDAMH!


Local couple will reach the highest of heights this December for FDAMH! Why? Because they want to say thank-you!

Kristina Sefleriene and John Wells are planning a 15 day trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world — Mount Everest!

Kristina said, “We both used the services of FDAMH and are so grateful for all the support its people have given us. FDAMH has truly provided us with the light when we were in a dark place.
This trek signifies the end of a very hard period in our lives. It will be hard and painful but we are going to reach our summit.
Your donations will give us strength on our journey and will allow FDAMH to provide help to even more people. FDAMH provides psychological support to all and we want to say Thank You FDAMH! It will be tough but we have to do this for ourselves and for FDAMH.”

Stuart McCallum, Fundraising and Partnership Manager at FDAMH, said “It is incredible what Kristina and John are undertaking and we are thoroughly delighted they are doing it for FDAMH. I would urge everyone to visit their fundraising page and support them in their fabulous challenge. Thank you to them both and very best of luck!

You can donate to Kristina and John’s fundraising page by following the link below:

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Tag: Events, FDAMH, Local News, Mental Health
07/07/2016 at 10:03 am