NHS 24 launched their new Breathing Space campaign ‘You Matter, We Care’ with the help of SRUC staff and students at Barony recently.

Minister for Mental Health Claire Haughey welcomed the new campaign with a message to staff and stakeholders from national and regional Mental Health services. SRUC staff Julie Parker and Alison Halliday spoke to attendees before Alison and their colleague Gillian Conley led a Mindfulness Walk around campus.

In the afternoon Barony staff and students joined the event, exploring the marketplace of stalls about mental health, learning about the support that is available to them across Dumfries and Galloway.students at Breathing Space presentation

The event was launched in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Health & Wellbeing, and is the first of a series of events in Dumfries and Galloway, which has been chosen to be Breathing Space’s region of focus during 2019.

Breathing Space is a free telephone service where advisors offer care, compassion and advice over the phone to anyone feeling low, depressed or anxious.  ‘You Matter, We Care‘ is a new campaign, to highlight the benefits kindness and positive relationships can have on our mental wellbeing.

Julie Parker, Senior Tutor at Barony, said: “It was great to have such an important campaign launched at our campus, and for staff and students to find out about the mental health services that are available to them.

“At SRUC we are fully supportive of students and staff looking to improve their mental health and wellbeing. The Breathing Space theme of ‘You Matter, We Care’, is an excellent example of accessible and invaluable mental health support and fits really well with SRUC’s Healthy Learning and Wellbeing Strategy. The event provided a great opportunity to raise awareness of the support and services provided by Breathing Space and other mental health support providers across Dumfries and Galloway.”

Tony McLaren, National Coordinator of Breathing Space, said, “We receive many calls to our helpline from people who are going through a stage in their life where they may be feeling isolated, lonely or unheard. Perhaps it’s a neighbour a couple of doors down, a work colleague you don’t know well, or someone you pass in the street regularly.

“You can make a positive difference by reaching out and living up to that Scottish spirit. Kindness, compassion and positive relationships not only help us to more readily notice signs of distress in others but can also make a big difference to our own mental wellbeing.”