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Stress Awareness Month 2024

April is recognised as National Stress Awareness Month to bring attention to the negative impact of stress.

Greener Gorebridge!

Mental Health Lived Experience Panel Meeting

This Panel Meeting is an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental health issues to discuss their experiences and influence future service development of services in Midlothian.

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.

University Mental Health Day 2024

University Mental Health Day is an annual day to start conversations about student mental health. 

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.

Share your views on local health and social care

Your views and comments will help the Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership to develop plans for health and social care services for the people of Midlothian.

Winter Ready in Woodburn with Communities, Lifelong Learning and Employability

Carers who are worried about high energy bills this winter can drop into Communities, Lifelong Learning and Employability’s free session on Mon 6 November.

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.

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.

FREE Active Ageing Event with Ageing Well

Ageing Well are hosting a free active ageing event where they will help you complete some simple tasks to find out your results compared to others the same age as you.

Midlothian Council relaunches its warm and well hubs

The council has relaunched four warm and well hubs across the county to provide support with the cost-of-living crisis.

World Mental Health Day 2023

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

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF) takes place across Scotland from 4 – 22 October 2023.

Suicide Prevention Awareness 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.

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.

Time For You Carers Fund 2023 by Alzheimer’s Scotland

The 2023 round of the ‘Time for You Fund’ is now open. Unpaid carers of people with dementia living in Scotland can apply for grants of £200.

Supper Club by One Dalkeith

One Dalkeith is launching a Supper Club on the Wednesday 29 March 2023.

VOCAL’s Wee Breaks funding for Unpaid Carers

VOCAL’s Wee Breaks funding allows carers to apply for a grant to fund activities, devices and support, which would give you a break from caring.

National Student Money Week 2023 with Money Advice Scotland

This year National Student Money Week will take place from the 27th of February to the 3rd of March.

Pet Food Bank at St Mary’s Church

The pet food bank hosted by Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home at St Mary’s Church in Dalkeith is going to be run on the first Tuesday of the month.

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.

Get your free Peer Group Facilitation guides!

Let’s do Peer Group Facilitation is a set of free practical guides to support you to run peer support groups whether online or in person.

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.

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.

Positive Mental Health in the 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.

Add Your News Story to Midspace!

We’re always looking to promote mental health and wellbeing news stories in Midlothian and would love to add yours to our site! 

Add Your Event to Midspace!

We’re always looking to promote wellbeing events in Midlothian and would love to add yours!

“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.

Dr. Inclusive – A new gym opening in Midlothian, specifically for adults with disabilities

A dedicated gym is opening in Midlothian for Disabled People.

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.

MyBnk – Money Works Scotland

A directly delivered and accredited financial education programme aimed at young adults in Scotland who are not in mainstream education.

Midlothian Mental Health and Resilience Service (MHARS) helpline

A new crisis line has been launched in Midlothian. Mental Health Resilience Service (MHARS) is for Midlothian residents aged 18-65 experiencing mental health & wellbeing distress or crisis. Open 8am-10pm daily – call 0800 118 2962.

Disabled Person’s Railcard

Customers can get a Disabled Person’s Railcard if they live in England, Scotland or Wales and are registered deaf or use hearing aids Discounted travel – RNID.

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

The Think Positive Hub

Think Positive works with colleges, universities, and students’ associations across Scotland to help them to develop and promote their mental health support offer.

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.

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