Mind Your Head is delighted to report, in partnership with NHS Shetland, the creation of a Mind Your Head Self Help Practitioner.

The Practitioner will provide support to those with mild to moderate mental health issues using a wide range of recognised self help materials. They will also deliver training to other professionals and establish a library of relevant materials for use by professionals and patients. The service will be based at the Lerwick Health Centre and will be accessible through GPs.

NHS Education Scotland (NES) are to part fund the post for a two-year period after which the post will be evaluated and further funding sought if appropriate.

Chairperson Shona Manson said, "One of our main objectives since our formation was to be able to offer a hands-on service to people in Shetland suffering with mental ill health. Many people may find they do not necessarily require ongoing counselling or medication, but would benefit from support and guidance on how to cope with difficult issues in life."

"Our contribution to this project has only been possible through donations received from the local community and we are delighted to be part of a project which helps fill a gap that exists in current service provision. Support and part-funding from NHS Education Scotland has enabled this new post to be created."

It is hoped that the service will be launched later this year once the final agreements between Mind Your Head, NHS Shetland and NES are in place and the recruitment process is complete.

The 15 strong committee are also busy taking forward many other projects which include mental health awareness to schools, awareness publications in particular young people"?s mental health information, promoting mental well-being through fitness and exercise, as well as contributing to suicide prevention in Shetland in partnership with NHS Shetland.

The 2008 Round Spiggie Fun Run and Walk, which is kindly being sponsored by the Lerwick Building Centre, takes place on Sunday 3 August. Those wishing to take part but who have not pre-registered can register on the day between 12.45-1.45pm (2.00pm start).

The committee wish to thank the Shetland public for its continued support and generosity. Fundraising continues throughout Shetland and beyond, by various community groups and individuals. Many donations large and small go without being publicised, and it is these donations that help make these projects possible.

Mental ill health affects many people from many walks of life. Whether feeling down about relationships, work, or life in general, there is always someone willing to listen; Breathing Space: 0800 838587, NHS 24 08454 242424 or The Samaritans 08457 909090.