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It’s Good to Talk! – NHS Tayside Adopts Mental Health Film as Training Resource

A groundbreaking mental health film, aimed at encouraging young people to talk about their feelings, is to be adopted by a NHS Tayside initiative which helps parents and carers broach sensitive subjects.

‘Foolish Optimism’, which was created by a group of young people in Dundee, premiered on World Mental Health Day, Wednesday 10 October 2018. The ‘Foolish Optimism’ roadshow is currently touring Scotland with the film, sparking discussions amongst a variety of different groups, from students and job centre staff to youth clubs and youth practitioners.

Now, NHS Tayside has chosen to adopt the film as part of its package of training resources.

Chika and Linzi with some of the Foolish Optimism Working Party.

Chika and Linzi with some of the Foolish Optimism Working Party.

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Mental Health Film at ‘Book Yer Ane!’

A groundbreaking mental health film, aimed at encouraging young people to talk about their feelings, will be shown at this weekend’s ‘Book Yer Ane Fest’ in Dundee.

Now in its 10th year, Book Yer Ane Fest is an annual DIY Punk Festival, held across five days and three cities. The Dundee event, led by Make-That-A-Take Records, runs at Abertay Student Centre from Friday 30 November to Sunday 2 December 2018.

Foolish Optimism working party

Foolish Optimism working party

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Local Toddlers Invited to ‘Teddy Hospital’

Local toddlers are being invited to attend ‘Teddy Hospital’ in Dundee next week.

As part of its Early Explorers programme, and in partnership with Dundee Libraries, Dundee Science Centre is inviting children aged three to five years old, and their teddies, to learn about the body. They will then enjoy a Bookbug session with Dundee Libraries’ ‘Talking ‘Bout Teddies’ project to learn about big feelings and how teddies help.

Making learning fun - with Amanda at Dundee Science Centre

Making learning fun – with Amanda at Dundee Science Centre

 

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Dundee Hosts Major Showcase of Female Entrepreneurs

A major showcase positioning Dundee as Scotland’s epicentre of aspiring female entrepreneurs will take place in the city this week.

Coca-Cola 5by20’s very first Exhibition and Trade Show will raise awareness of the trail-blazing programme and its values, and provide a platform for its members to trade, network and carry out market research.

Launched in 2010, Coca-Cola 5by20 is a global initiative with one purpose – to enable the economic empowerment of five million women by 2020. Run in over 60 countries around the world, Dundee is the only city in Western Europe to host the programme.

Programme members L-R: Debbie Bolton, Karen Hamilton, Lindsey-Anne Knox

Programme members L-R: Debbie Bolton, Karen Hamilton, Lindsey-Anne Knox

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‘You’re Not Alone’ – Arbroath Woman in Mental Health Plea to Local Community

A young Arbroath woman is on a mission to get young people talking about their feelings.

As part of the ‘Foolish Optimism’ roadshow, which is currently touring Scotland following the release of the film of the same name, Leigh Addis (26), a member of the Foolish Optimism working group, met with a range of Angus charities and young people yesterday (Tuesday 20 November 2018) to discuss the topic of mental health.

Leigh, who suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and anxiety, has lived with mental health problems most of her life, as has her mother. After leaving Arbroath Academy eight years ago, Leigh’s mental health worsened during college and has largely been unable to work since. However, Leigh is keen to stress that there is help out there, and that talking to others can make a huge difference.

Leigh Addis

Leigh Addis

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