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Sustrans Big Walk and Wheel 2024

Join Sustrans for the 15th year celebration of the UK’s biggest inter-school walking, wheeling, scooting and cycling to school competition.

The People’s Conference

The People’s Conference is organised by and for people with experience of mental health issues and this year it was all about housing and mental health.

Free digital support helpline provided by People Know How

The Connecting Scotland Helpline provides digital support to anyone in Scotland. It is free to call and is open from Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

Celebrating 20 years of Breathing Space

Breathing Space celebrates its 20th Anniversary on 1 Feb 2024.

Time to Talk Day 2024

Time to Talk Day is the largest national conversation about mental health.

Worried this winter?

If you are worried about energy bills and the cost of living this winter, the Citizens Advice network is here to help.

New hub for West Lothian youth at 101

A fantastic new space for West Lothian young people has opened up in The Centre, Livingston.

Senior People’s Forum for people aged 60+ living in West Lothian

West Lothian Council extends an invitation to people aged 60+ living in West Lothian to attend the Senior People’s Forum. Your opportunity to share your views and experiences of living in West Lothian.

Peer Chat Live at Lunch, with the Scottish Recovery Network

Peer Chat Live at Lunch! is a 30-minute online discussion and live Q&A. It’s broadcast live to the Scottish Recovery Facebook and Twitter channels.

Free re-usable period products now available to order

West Lothian Council is making free re-usable period products available for local residents.

Mental health research opportunity for heart attack patients

The University of Edinburgh and NHS Lothian are looking for participants for a research study examining hospital care experiences of patients who have a mental illness and who have been admitted to hospital for a heart attack.

Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month

Men’s Health Awareness Month, is a worldwide annual campaign that encourages men to talk about their mental health.

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), led by The Mental Health Foundation takes place across Scotland from 4 – 22 October 2023 and explores the theme of ‘Revolution’.

World Mental Health Day 2023

Every year, on October 10, we come together to celebrate World Mental Health Day.

Suicide Prevention Day 2023

Every year on 10th September, organisations and communities around the world come together to raise awareness of how we can create a world where fewer people die by suicide.

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme is open again!

The SANE Creative Awards Scheme aims to improve the quality of life for people with mental health problems, their carers and families by supporting their artistic ambitions and helping fulfill their creative potential.

The Voice Conversation Café

West Lothian Mental Health Forum run The Voice, which is a collective group for individuals with lived/living experience of addiction. This event will be part of the National Collaborative Call For Evidence of laws, policies and practices relating to substance use.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Community Ticketing Initiative

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has just launched its Community Ticketing Initiative (CTI) for 2023. These are tickets that have been generously donated by Fringe artists and companies for people living in and around Edinburgh who are at risk, vulnerable, marginalised, isolated or experiencing additional barriers to attending the festival.

Suicide Cultures: Reimagining Suicide Research

Suicide Cultures is a Wellcome Trust funded research programme which aims to explore how suicide is experienced and what suicide means to diverse communities across Scotland and its Islands.

The Priority Services Register in Scotland

The Priority Services Register (PSR) is a free UK wide service which provides extra help during power cuts or when there’s an interruption to your electricity, gas or water supply.

Help shape Scottish Government’s new Self-Harm Strategy

Join Scottish Recovery Network at one of their recovery conversation cafés to explore how we can make services and support better for people affected by self-harm.

Cost of Living Hub West Lothian

If you are struggling, help may be available.

Rent Deposit Fund: A partnership between SafeDeposits Scotland and Rock Trust

Young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness can apply to the Rock Trust for a deposit funded by SafeDeposits Scotland. This will help young people move into Scotland’s private rented sector.

Supporting a mentally healthy workplace

A new digital platform has been launched by the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to signpost employers to the information they need to help them develop and implement the right approaches that will support good mental health.

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“Shed your armour, show the scars” by See Me Scotland and Feniks

The project, created by Polish Community Ambassadors under the leadership of See Me Scotland and Feniks, encourages men to speak up about their struggles and to actively pursue support.

The CEA Card by the UK Cinema Association

The CEA Card is a national card scheme developed for UK cinemas by the UK Cinema Association (UKCA).

Scotland’s Adult Disability Payment

The Adult Disability Payment is open for new applications across Scotland.

Community Connections Volunteers Needed

The Advice Shop is looking for volunteers to assist in delivering the new Community Connections programme.

Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme Returns

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme provides free repairs and maintenance to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, to get thousands of people across Scotland on their bikes.

Your Police Survey 2022-2023

Lothians and Scottish Borders Division ‘Your Police’ Survey is open for your views

Health in Mind celebrate 40 years

Health in Mind is celebrating 40 years this month! You can read more about what Health in Mind has achieved since 1982.

Police Scotland’s Little Book of Big Scams

Police Scotland, along with their partners at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre and the Royal Bank of Scotland have produced a booklet called Little Book of Big Scams.

Age Scotland free dementia workshops

The Dementia Training team at Age Scotland is offering a range of free, friendly, interactive workshops to raise awareness of dementia


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