Every Life Does Matter - Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Scotland

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Following our last piece on 'What if you're not fine, in fact, you are thinking of Suicide' we are delighted to see the new Suicide Prevention Action Plan for Scotland The vision is supported by the key strategic aims of a Scotland where: People at r...
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What if you’re not fine, in fact, your thinking of suicide?

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We spoke about how all of us at times can reply, yeah everything is fine when sometimes it is far from fine.  There are many degrees of things not being fine if you feel your life is at risk of suicide you need to talk to someone now .  Als...
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Learning how to share when things aren’t going well

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This is the first in a series of items, where we plan to explore the real challenge many of us face around admitting things aren't fine. This week we will look at why we say things are fine when they are far from fine. Why do we say we are fine when ...
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Creating opportunities for men to chat about mental health

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Thanks to the creativity of many people we now have 3 different sets of co-designed affirmation cards, on building confidence, finding life purpose and the value of lifelong learning. We are keen to explore further how we support men to look after th...
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They say a change is as good as a rest - what about a change of mind?

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 It would be great to think everything in the world was super, that there were no wars, that the environment wasn't under extreme stress, that people were only every kind to each other, that all policies made by Governments were in the interest ...
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I will get round to it…………….tomorrow

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Okay, how many times have we all said: 'I will start taking that walk every day; starting tomorrow' I am going to change my diet…… after I come back my holidays', 'I know doing that course will help me get a better job; need to do something about tha...
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What do we mean by resilience?

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The definition of resilience is as follows: 1: The capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress. 2: An ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.'' merria...
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Chitter Chatter the stuff we tell ourselves?

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We all have an internal voice, now, it can be kind and considerate, or it can be quite cruel and really affect our confidence. Often, we aren't even aware of it consciously as it natters away in the background, BUT our unconscious mind is listening, ...
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Free tips for more zzzzzzz’s

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Sleep, for some, no problem, head on the pillow a few minutes later and, they're off! For others, sleep does not come easy and the more you think about the fact you can't get to sleep, the harder it is to sleep. However, sleeping and sleeping well ar...
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The Dalai Lama’s suggestions of 18 rules for living

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It does not matter if the Dalai Lama is a religious or a political figure. It doesn't matter whether you are a Buddhist or any other religion.  These simple words of advice from a man who has travelled the world and has done and sacrificed much ...
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Tips to manage stress

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The theme of Mental Health Awareness week this year is STRESS! So, let's think about some ways to destress. Okay, the first challenge……avoiding stress isn't possible. Stress is a normal part of life, sometimes it can help us when we need that extra e...
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Everyone has the right to shed tears

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Cry whenever you need to. It doesn’t need to be a traumatic event like the loss of a loved one, if something has you feeling you could cry………..cry.

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Surviving panic attacks

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When the ‘What if’ gets to be too much?

As a survival mechanism we were given the flight or fight response, basically to help us steer clear of danger and so be safe. In the past when we were out hunting our dinner, hearing a wild boar in the grass and having the extra energy to run away or have wild boar for dinner makes sense.

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What we breath in, can affect our health. Includes Free guide to use of essential oils

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Seems everywhere you look there are scented candles, plug in room fresheners, reed diffusers all promising that wonderful scented home. Just be careful as with everything sometimes it’s worth doing a wee bit research.

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New Video: Relaxation in just 3 minutes.

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New video in gallery: Relaxation in just 3 minutes.

For the next few minutes you have decided to make time for you to relax.

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EU Withdrawal Bill - Lords amendment

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Lord Stephen and Baroness Jolly have tables the amendment again for the report stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The report stage is due to commence on Wednesday 18 April 2018. We are not sure yet when the amendment will be debated, but probably safest bet is to assume it will feature on Day 1 on 18 April. The Report Stage is likely to be our last chance to influence the legislation.

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Free Download Autumn Retreat

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COPEScotland's new website aims to offer tools and techniques to help you to care for your well being.

At the launch of our new site we would like to share a resource designed by Helen Quinn (Ascension workshops) called Autumn Retreat, who gives kind permission for this download to be used by anyone using COPE website......listen and relax.

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COPE Scotland seeks to help tackle inequality

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​ We recognise the mental distress and additional pressures people, families and communities challenged by inequality can face and we wanted to do something practical to help. We were honoured to have two motions passed in Scottish Parliament recogni...
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Understanding more about benefit sanctions and how health professionals can help

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Thanks to the support of many partners and people with experience of being sanctioned we co-produced a booklet on benefit sanctions, how to avoid, appeal, and survive them.  Thanks, to the Scottish Health Council and People's Assembly Scotland f...
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