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Impressive support from pupils at Braes High

A group of pupils at Braes High school have given a superb presentation about FDAMH in a competition to help chosen charities win £3000. The Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI) is supported by the Wood Family Trust and operates in 143 schools across Scotland. Senior pupils within each school select and research a local charity before doing a presentation to a panel of judges within the school, who then choose a winning cause.

FDAMH’s Women’s Group was selected along with other charities The Dolphin Club, Samaritans and First Response, amongst others. Attending the presentation event, Julie Law of FDAMH said that all of the pupils gave first class presentations that had obviously involved a lot of work. Julie was particularly impressed with the very mature understanding of mental health issues displayed by the group of pupils supporting FDAMH and their excellent audience participation exercise that gave a wonderfully visual illustration of how unseen mental health issues can be.

FDAMH did not go on to win the £3000, which was awarded to local cardiovascular health charity ‘Keep Ticking’. However, it was wonderful to see such mature and empathetic presentations and was heart-warming to be included in the selection.

Our special thanks go to the pupil team who represented FDAMH and we’d also like to thank staff member Michael Burns. It was a great effort and we’d like to congratulate all involved.

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13/11/2015 at 12:56 pm

Our Place Camelon

“Our Place” is a Big Lottery funded initiative, whose aim is to build stronger connections and relationships in Camelon, empowering local people and organisations to lead on projects that will make a big difference to the neighbourhood. We’d like to highlight a fantastic Our Place event at the end of September which prominently featured some of FDAMH’s people and was coordinated by community development worker, Dave Park.

FDAMH service user and Pink 2:2 Media Group member Janet Crawford was one of the main organisers for the event, helped by fellow Pink 2:2 group members Graham Findlay, Gordon Brown and Jenny Gilmour. Graham and Gordon helped to create the slideshows of old photos and the audio recordings of peoples memories of Camelon. Jenny performed an off the cuff, humourous talk on her memories of “a childhood in Camelon” that had everyone laughing. Janet herself performed some poetry readings for the audience.

The Event exhibited some very old photos of Camelon families, some old street plans of Camelon, a photo competition and live performance and music from a variety of Camelon favourites. Historian Ian Scott gave a fascinating account of Camelon through the ages and even dispelled the myth that Camelon was the setting for Camelot!

FDAMH had a stall at the event, promoting our work and selling the Women’s groups Bonnie Buttons creations. We’d like to congratulate Janet on her hard work to put together such a comprehensive event and our thanks go to Graeme, Gordon and our very own “Mariner” Jenny Gilmour.

2015 Nov Our Place Camelon

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05/11/2015 at 8:12 pm

Doing the Slosh for World Mental Health Day

Dancers from all walks of life converged on the Howgate Shopping Centre on Friday 9th October to raise awareness about Mental Health! Our fabulous Flashmob was a brilliant success and we want to thank every single one of you who took part including: pupils from Braes High with their Deputy Head Kerry Drinnan; the Salvation Army; staff from the DWP; Falkirk and Larbert Fire Crews; our ever-supportive local MSP and Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson; Margaret Foy and staff from the Howgate Centre; local Police; members of Falkirk Operatic Society; Citizens Advice Bureau; Falkirk Council Housing Dept; and staff from the NHS. A fabulous bunch of dancers all (even those who said they couldn’t possibly…but did!), however more importantly you’re all brilliant ambassadors for raising the profile of mental health and breaking down barriers and stigma. Thank you – we hope you all enjoyed it, whether you were a dancer or just had great fun watching!

View the slosh in full here

Tag: FDAMH, Local News
09/10/2015 at 7:52 pm

This Year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Launched

SMHAFF LaunchOur new Group and Arts Worker, Emily, was delighted to attend the launch of this year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF). Over 300 events are taking place all over Scotland and although the festival officially runs from 10th to 31st October, some exhibitions are already open! For a full listing of events go to:

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16/09/2015 at 1:48 pm

A Time to Remember

A service of remembrance for those bereaved by suicide.

Tuesday 8th September 2015 at 7pm
Spiritual Care Centre
Forth Valley Royal Hospital

The service will hear personal stories of loss but also hear about having hope in the midst of loss.

If you would like further information about the service you may contact Neil Sowerby at FDAMH.

Tag: Family/Carers Support, Local News
29/08/2015 at 7:11 am

A great start to a new financial year thanks to our supporters!

41 Club Presentation
Members from Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club present their cheque to FDAMH!
A lovely flurry of community action has started our new financial year off on a good footing! We’d like to thank the Larbert and Falkirk 41 Club for their wonderful donation of £1200 thanks to their impressive fundraising activities! Gratitude also goes to the Falkirk Operatic Society for their donation of £75 following their recent show, The Slipper and the Rose. And we would also like to send a thank you to local punk band The Media Whores for supporting us once again, along with Skaledonia, Babylon Dub Punks, Scarlett Flame and The Rabid Dogs, by donating profits from their gig on Saturday 9th May generously hosted by Baristas, Falkirk. We’ve said it before, and will say it again, it really is terrific to have support from our local community, whatever the funds raised – it all helps and is all appreciated!

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11/05/2015 at 12:13 pm