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Free Power of Attorney Information Event with LifeCare

Lothians Speak Their Name suicide memorial quilt making workshop 

These workshops are a chance to be creative alongside other people who’ve also lost someone to suicide.

Stress Awareness Month 2024

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

Spring forward from Edinburgh Leisure

Take advantage of Edinburgh Leisure’s new Spring Pass to kickstart your fitness regime.

Wellbeing Open Day at the Ripple Project

The Ripple Project is hosting their 4th Annual Wellbeing Open Day!

Edinburgh Peer Collective Advocacy Peer Forum

Come to meet other peers and make a change on how peers work and volunteer!

Help Decide – Communities Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Edinburgh TSI would like people living in Edinburgh, particularly those with experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges, to help decide how to spend the money in their communities. Find out how to get involved.

OOSOOM what does it mean to you?

See the reactions of audiences from last year’s Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition, which happened in October

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.

QUEERY – Community Event on Queer Activism and Mental Health 

The LGBTQIA+ Collective Advocacy Group is inviting queer people to get together in order to learn from one another and get inspired to work collectively on change.  

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.

Corstorphin Christmas Support Project 2023

West Edinburgh Community Support Group in collaboration with St Thomas Church and a range of local voluntary organisations and businesses is organising the Corstorphine Christmas Support Project.

New Edinburgh podcast ‘Keeping Edinburgh’ from Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership

This month sees the launch of the brand-new podcast with a difference – exclusively aimed at citizens across Scotland’s Capital, it will focus on “what’s on” and wellbeing.

RBGE Dementia Friendly Garden Social – Extra Session in December

Join the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in the Botanic Cottage at 10.30am for this months dementia-friendly Garden Social.

Your Voice Matters with EVOC

Join EVOC to share your views on what alcohol and drug support should look like in Edinburgh.

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.

Warmer Homes Scotland Grant

Warmer Homes Scotland scheme re-launched on 2nd October, providing support for households to stay warmer and save money on their bills.

Free Fire Service Home Fire Safety Visits

Fire Scotland want to ensure everyone is aware of free fire service home fire safety visits.

Mental Health, Migration and Rights For All: Workshop, Performance, Community with Thrive

Join Thrive for a day of solidarity, creativity and training, exploring how our mental health is affected by inequality and oppression where struggles, joys and collective power to make a change meet.

Out of Sight Out of Mind: Uncovered (Online): Visual Arts, Discussion

A unique opportunity for Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibitors, visitors and organisers to gather together online and chat about the artworks.

Out of Sight Out of Mind: Zines for a Revolution, Workshop

A zine-making workshop for your very own revolution run by members of the Out of Sight Out of Mind team at Summerhall.

Mentally Healthy with SHE Scotland CIC

This Workshop is a youth led afternoon of feel-good fun, focusing on changing how young people approach their own mental health.

TALK: Exhibition

TALK is an ongoing portraiture project by Edinburgh-based photographer Graham Williams, exploring the subject of men’s mental health.

Scottish Mental Health Art Festival Open Day at Contact Point (Wheatley Care)

To highlight Scottish Mental Health Art Festival Contact Point are holding an art exhibition and music performance at their Open Day on 24 October 2023.

World Mental Health Day 2023

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

Out of Sight Out of Mind 2023

Out of Sight Out of Mind is an annual exhibition shows artworks made by people who have who have experience of mental health issues.

The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival 2023

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

Edinburgh Crisis Centre Open Day 2023

As part of Suicide Prevention Week 2023, Edinburgh Crisis Centre are having an Open Day on Thursday 7 September from 10 am – 4 pm.

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.

See Hear Fest 2023

See Hear Fest will have over forty Exhibitors attending who can offer you information, advice and guidance for individuals with sensory loss (blindness and sight loss, deafness and hearing loss, and deafblindness and dual sensory loss).

Thrive at the Fringe: New focus on mental health at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

A new partnership between the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (EHSCP), Health in Mind and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society has today launched resources targeting artists, locals and visitors to help boost their mental health during the festival this August.

Broomhouse Street Party 2023!

The Broomhouse Street Party will take place on Thursday, 10th August, from noon until 4 pm! Open to all and free to attend!

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Community Ticketing Initiative

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

Out of Sight Out of Mind – Call for Art, Materials Grants, Join the Planning Group

The 11th Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition will take place in October at Summerhall in Edinburgh. Anyone who has their own lived experience of mental health issues can submit their artwork and there are small materials grants available for people taking part in the exhibition.

Health in Mind’s Partnership with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

Health in Mind is proud to announce a new partnership with The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to support artists mental health and wellbeing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year. 

A week of arts and activities supporting the intent to making ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing a Global Priority For All’.

The Thrive activity programme of events taking place the Mental Health Awareness Week.

Warrender Swim Center has been refurbished

Scotland’s fourth oldest public swimming bath, Warrender Swim Centre, is to reopen its doors to the public Tuesday,23rd May, having undergone a major refurbishment.

Volunteering opportunities with Edinburgh Leisure

Have time on your hands? Perhaps, you could consider volunteering for Edinburgh Leisure?

Short Film Screening in Aid Of Survivors of The Syria/Turkey Earthquake

A group of young Syrians aged 16-21 living in Edinburgh worked alongside Media Education and Syrian Futures | the University of Edinburgh to co-produce 5 short films throughout 2021/22.

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.

Circles of Life Exhibition by The Alma Project

The Alma Project invites you to join our creative and relaxing opening event on Saturday 11 March, 2-4pm.

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.

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.

Support in Mind’s new name is Change Mental Health

With a new brand and website, and a refreshed, mission and values Support in Mind Scotland becomes Change Mental Health.

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.

Winter Warm Banks

The Warm Welcome Campaign is determined to equip and support thousands of free, warm, and welcoming spaces in communities across the UK. They want to make sure that nobody is left to suffer on their own this winter.

Winter Vaccines 2022-23

If you have a health condition that puts you at greater risk from flu and COVID-19, it’s important you get your winter vaccines to top up your protection.

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.

Add Your News Story to iThrive!

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

Add your Event to iThrive!

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

Ecas Services Re-launch! Supporting people with physical disabilities across Edinburgh and Lothian

Ecas is charity which supports people in Edinburgh and Lothian who have a physical disability. They’ve done so for over 100 years: promoting equality, choice and participation through our activities, befriending service and grants.

Champions come together for centenary celebrations for iconic sporting hero

Sporting heroes, educational masterminds, cultural icons and corporate professionals are joining together to orchestrate a major programme of activities to honour the legacy of Eric Liddell.

“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.

200 voices at Scotland’s biggest mental health art exhibition

Out of Sight Out of Mind (OOSOOM) celebrates the 10th anniversary of Scotland’s biggest mental health art exhibition.

Free counselling sessions for carers from VOCAL and Bright Light

VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) and Bright Light Relationship Counselling are offering carers free access to relationship counselling.

LINKnet is Recruiting Volunteer Mentors

LINKnet Mentoring Project is currently recruiting volunteer mentors.

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.

Edinburgh citizens needed to help test and develop psychosis research

A study led by The University of Manchester in six sites around the UK, is working on research to understand how to predict and prevent relapse of psychosis using a digital monitoring platform, which will include a smart phone app.

Age Scotland free dementia workshops

Age Scotland is offering a range of free, friendly, interactive workshops to raise awareness of dementia, the signs and symptoms, how to be inclusive of people living with the condition, and rights-based training for unpaid carers, covering such topics as the Carers (Scotland) Act, Self-directed Support and Welfare Benefits.


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