A fifth of UK adults are seeing members of their support network less, due to the cost-of-living crisis

New research from Co-op and mental health charities Mind, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire has revealed that over a fifth (22%) of people are seeing their support network less and a quarter (24%) expect that this will soon be the case, because of the cost-of-living crisis. Relying on people in your support network who you can trust – for example, friends, family, and colleagues – can be an important way to help manage your wellbeing, including helping to reduce feelings of social isolation and loneliness. The YouGov…

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10.6M Brits describe their current mental wellbeing as poor

New research from the Co-op, in partnership with Mind, SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and Inspire, reveals that 10.6 million Brits (just under fifth of the population) describe their current mental wellbeing as poor2, rising to almost three in ten (28%) amongst 16 to 24 year olds. The study reveals the impact the pandemic has had on the nation’s mental wellbeing. Almost a quarter (24%) of respondents said they became more isolated from their community during the pandemic, resulting in a decline in mental wellbeing for almost two-thirds (61%)…

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SAMH launches campaign to help young people cope with exam time

SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) has launched a new campaign ‘Testing Times’ to raise awareness about anxieties around school exam time and ways to de-stress. The campaign from SAMH has been supported by a number of leading figures from across Scotland, including X-Factor star Nicholas McDonald; Clare Haughey MSP, Minister for Mental Health; and representatives from Girlguiding Scotland, Scouts Scotland and Scottish Youth Parliament. Each of the campaign’s supporters will be sharing videos on social media highlighting their own personal experiences of anxiety, with the aim of encouraging young…

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Sporting heroes join SAMH

Sir Chris Hoy and Adam Peaty have joined forces with SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) today, Friday 10 August. The Olympic stars are urging sports clubs across the country to encourage more people to get physically active to improve their mental wellbeing. As the inaugural European Championships comes to an end in Glasgow this weekend, the sporting legends are asking organisations and clubs to get on board and inspire people across the country to embrace the sporting spirit and make a positive difference to their lives. SAMH ambassador Sir…

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SAMH and the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab Announce PhD Scholarship

SAMH and the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab (University of Glasgow) announce a PhD scholarship which will deliver ground-breaking research focusing specifically on men to understand suicide risk.    Although there have been many advances in our understanding of suicide risk, there are many gaps in our knowledge and, in particular, our ability to reach the most vulnerable men is limited*. Using a new theoretical model of suicidal behaviour developed by Professor O’Connor, this three year research programme, led by O’Connor will give us a deeper understanding of suicide risk in…

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