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

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April 28, 2017 at 2:01 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
April 7, 2017 at 11:26 am

Depression: Let’s Talk

Depression: Let's talk

Depression is the focus of this year’s World Health Day on Friday 7th April.

You might be surprised to learn that depression is common. Close to 10% of the world’s population are affected by depression or anxiety. In Scotland that amounts to an estimated 50,000 people.

We’re joining the call encouraging you to talk about depression and mental health in general. When people feel safe to be more open about these issues it makes it easier for them to seek and get help.

Depression is a treatable illness. People do recover. Let’s talk.

You can start learning about Depression with straightforward Handouts from the World Health Organization: from keeping yourself mentally strong to what to do when you’re worried someone you know might be suicidal.
Handouts on Depression

Tag: Mental Health
April 4, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Relaxing fun with clay in Bean Row


‘Tabbers’ have been delighting in bringing out their creativity with clay at Falkirk’s Bean Row Pottery.

Our Third Age Befriending Group tried their hands at both coil and pinch pot techniques to create plates and bowls. The vast majority of the group had never tried ceramics before and were both delighted and impressed with their capabilities.

After making the work, our group glazed and decorated their pieces, which were then fired by Susan, who runs the Pottery. We’d like to thank Susan for providing the fun, relaxed and creative classes and letting some of our clients try out something entirely new, with great results.

Tying out pottery for the first time, Margaret said “I love the feel of the clay, it’s rather nice. I haven’t ever tried this before and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see the results and how the colours look.”

Tabber Fay said ”I’ve tried this many many moons ago and I’m thrilled at trying it again. It’s really relaxing and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks.”

We were so impressed with Susan’s wonderful classes and her great approach to her students, that FDAMH has booked up more sessions with The Bean Row Pottery later in the summer.

Find out more about the wonderful Bean Row Pottery on Facebook

Tag: Activities, Befriending
March 28, 2017 at 11:57 am

A new year for members!

Did you know you can be a member of FDAMH for only £1?

The new membership year starts on the 1st April. You can download a form and bring it to reception to join.

Remember, you don’t need to be a member to use any of FDAMH’s services, but it is a nice way for you to show your support.

March 28, 2017 at 10:47 am