If you need help immediately over Christmas and New Year, here are some local services: Police, Fire, Ambulance – for emergencies Tel: 999 Mental Health Assessment Service (MHAS) – Tel: 0131 537 6000 NHS 24 – Tel: 08454 24 24 24 Emergency Social Work Service – Tel: 0800 731 6969 Edinburgh Samaritans – Tel: 0131Continue reading “Help over Christmas and New Year”
Simpson House Groups 2013 We re-open Monday 7th Jan SMART starts Tuesday 8th Jan (check http://www.smartrecovery.org.uk/ for details of meetings over Christmas. Jardine will be posting this info) Choose Life starts Thursday 10th Jan (check blog over holidays) Crew festive opening Diane will be at Crew between Christmas and New Year if you needContinue reading “Festive period info”
We have drawn up a list of new ideas for 2013 which includes having guest speakers creating podcasts, drama and filming. More information about 2013 as it arrives!
Today was a very good meeting with an emphasis on using social media tools. While the group wholeheartedly agreed that social media can be a great method for outreach, support and in some cases be life saving, if used the wrong way can have damaging consequences. The group would like to set up a system on-line where weContinue reading “Group discusses the pros and cons of Social Media”
STEPS TO ACHIEVE GROUP GOALS Setting out the aims Creating online spaces Having Somewhere to meet The idea and what it entails Gathering support for the idea How do we publicise the group More awareness from GP’S re Mental health (Over 40% of cases at surgeries are Mental Health realated) Exploring the impact Benefits changesContinue reading “Group Goals”
Today we looked at how Christmas affected people in the group. Some of the issues people struggled with were; family issues, how the Winter affected them, bereavement issues, childhood memories, feeling alone, financial issues and lastly having a disruption to their weekly routine (with many places closed). Next week we will look at ways that can helpContinue reading “Group looks at the impact of the Christmas period”
Things that can help you in dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder Using a light box Going for a walk/getting some fresh air Making a routine/creating some structure Getting out of bed Looking at your diet Being pro active Being supported/encouraged Watching TV shows/comedy Listening to music Having fairy lights on display Being social Using scentedContinue reading “Group suggestions for techniques that can help those who suffer from S.A.D.”
We had a really good group yesterday. One of the topics discussed was the need for more information for GP’s regarding Mental Health and how best to help someone in need. One of the group’s aims is to explore how we can make this happen. One of the big thing to come out of today wasContinue reading “Group Welcomes more new people!”
We had a very good group today working on the use of Social Media to publicise and to build up networks. Everyone contributed so much to today, bringing a real sense of togetherness while also being so welcoming to new members.
Welcome to the online home of the Choose Life Project at Simpson House. We started our work in the Summer of 2012, funded by the national chooselife strategy for suicide prevention. We are here to help anyone who has felt suicidal or who would like support in their recovery, and to provide a space for those whoContinue reading “Welcome!”