News – Mental Health

Find yourself in a support role? Free, live, online training

UPDATE: Oh no! Have you missed this free training opportunity? FDAMH delivers a wide range of training, please get in touch with us if you are interested in finding out more!

Have you volunteered to help during the pandemic, or find that your role has changed and that you are now more involved in trying to provide support to others? Unsure about how to cope with those difficult situations and conversations?

Perhaps FDAMH can help. We have been asked to share our many years of experience in supporting people by providing free training that looks at the sorts of challenges you may encounter.

We’ll help you:

  • build on your own unique skills
  • enhance your ability to listen and communicate
  • consider how to keep boundaries in place and enable the people you are working with
  • learn how to respond if someone discloses an intention to self-harm
  • find other resources and sources of support
  • and, of equal importance, provide you with top tips on how to care for yourself!

You can book your place on this FREE 1-day course using Eventbrite. Pop along to:
You will require this password: EcsEb17
Then simply select the course you wish to attend.

Some feedback from the courses:

“I feel more able to speak to clients and family members who at times struggle with mental health”
“I’m more aware of my own wellbeing and how this helps me to deal with and assist the clients I am working with”
“Prepares you for difficult and distressing calls during isolation and increases confidence around suicidal situations”
“The two trainers were very professional, with good sense of humour and great at putting us at ease”

Tag: Mental Health, Training
30/06/2020 at 2:47 pm

Mindfulness – Recommended Online Resource

We do like a bit of Mindfulness at FDAMH and many people find this really helpful for managing their mental wellbeing and it’s definitely a useful skill in these stressful times.

While our educational groups are suspended, we’ve had a look for a free online Mindfulness course for you and rather like this one from ‘Mindfulness Exercises’. It’s a 28-day Mindfulness learning programme, with each daily exercise only about 10 minutes: .
Let us know how you get on!

Tag: Mental Health
21/04/2020 at 12:43 pm

Latest Newsletter out now!

Keep up to date with a round-up of all the news from FDAMH here.

Tag: Befriending, Drop-In, Family/Carers Support, FDAMH, Link/Social Prescribing Service, Mental Health
11/03/2019 at 10:03 am

Lasting impacts from this year’s SMHAF events

We had a great response to our Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival events during October 2017! Many thanks to everyone who helped support the events and to all of the people who came along to enjoy them.

The Reclaim Exhibition at the Howgate Community Hub impressed visitors by featuring work from over 50 Forth Valley-based artists, including established artists Lesley Anne Derks, Catherine King and Karen Strang. Styles ranged from photorealism to surreal pieces and highlighted the talent and diversity of local artists, with one visitor commenting “I have been introduced to new artists, a brilliant learning experience for me”. The exhibition was opened by our very own FDAMH Freedom of Mind Choir who performed a selection of uplifting songs to celebrate World Mental Health Day. Participating artist Karen Strang said “Creative practice and sharing ideas is always a positive. As humans we need to express our lives and learn through other’s experiences and this is what art does. It instills a sense of curiosity fundamental to empathising with others in our community . Artists from all walks of life each bring something to the feast . This is about celebration but also reflection. About understanding what it is to be human. Take art and its possibilities away from people and we are left with a void of emotional and intellectual existence. Art is necessary.” A huge thank you to Jim Boyle, Linda McFarlane, Steven Mcrystal, Lynne Knox, Julie Law and Marjory Sime who helped install the exhibition.

To let people get hands on with their creativity we ran two one-off workshops int the Howgate Community Hub: Felt Making expertly led by textile artist Lynne Knox and Story Telling workshop run by local poet and writer Janet Crawford and attended by special guest Emma Mooney. These events were very well attended and comments from participants indicate they will have a lasting impact with many keen to pursue the activities further. Participants particularly enjoyed the relaxing and therapeutic qualities of felting and the opportunity for self-expression, acceptance, sharing and ‘me-time’ offered in the Story Telling event. Comments from workshop feedback include:

“I felt totally at ease, I was able to express myself in a very open way and this has boosted my confidence”
“This has been so relaxing”
“This class has helped me discover a new self-care activity”
“Everyone felt safe to pour out their inner thoughts which was very impressive”
“I felt like what I said mattered”
“Gave some nice perspectives in to how empowering it can be to write”
“I felt accepted, appreciated and heard”
“The facilitator was great! She made it really easy to write”
“I loved being part of a sharing group who learnt from others, I have thoroughly enjoyed my day!”
“I felt very comfortable, the facilitator had a wonderful presence and she gave us lots of fun activities”
“This class has helped me to be more creative – it’s been inspirational”

Our events were completed with a Film Screening at Falkirk Library. A selection of short films were created by FDAMH volunteers, in collaboration with local filmmakers and musicians. The screening showcased various aspects of FDAMH as well as some of the arts programmes including: music, spoken word and drama. These films explore a range of mental health themes and highlight how important the arts are to recovery. If you missed it you don’t have to worry as they are available to watch on the FDAMH YouTube channel.

FDAMH YouTube Channel

Tag: Events, Mental Health
05/12/2017 at 12:22 pm

We loved meeting you at FDAMH’s Open Day!

[caption id=”attachment_13197″ align=”alignnone” width=”500″]Alan Bissett Co-patron Alan Bissett joined us at our September Open Day[/caption]

We had lots of great conversations on our Open Day last week with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, including Education, the NHS, Social Work, local businesses and local and national Government. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time out of very busy schedules to visit. Our staff all agree the day was very beneficial to them and we hope all of our guests feel the same way!

A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who did a brilliant job helping us out on the day and making sure everyone was made welcome, and, not least, to those who came along to share their personal experiences with our guests.

On the day we asked people for their ‘One wish for mental health in Forth Valley’. Here’s a small selection:

“I wish you weren’t so much needed”
“For there to be a greater awareness of how mental health affects everyone – it isn’t just people suffering at the extremes”
“Funding would be solid and continue and we can work together”
“That people who need services can access them promptly”
“I would want everyone with mental health issues to benefit from FDAMH”
“Sufficient funding especially for children and adolescents”
“Services to support under 14s”
“That professionals would listen to family members who are with the ill person day in day out”

Read the Full Feedback Document.

Tag: FDAMH, Mental Health, User Involvement & Consultation
21/09/2017 at 1:03 pm

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.


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
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG
Free | Info: 01324 671 600,

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
The Howgate Community Hub, High Street, Falkirk FK1 1HG

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
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
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,

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