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MYH Press Release May 2007

Mind Your Head launches new Website and 2007 Round Spiggie Fun Run and Walk

Mind Your Head, the charity recently formed to promote awareness and reduce the stigma of mental health in Shetland have launched a new website today.  The website aims to provide information on mental health and wellbeing and provides links to other national and local organisations.

Such was the success of the 2006 Round Spiggie Fun Run and Walk it was decided it should become an annual event and the launch of their website enables participants to now register online. 

nb communications are sponsors of the new site and the MYH committee wish to express their sincere thanks to David Nicol who has donated his time and expertise to creating the website free of charge.  Chairwoman Shona Manson said it was help and support like this that continued to overwhelm, and reinforce that the charity had an important part to play in the Shetland community.

Miss Manson and all committee members also wished to thank George Garriock of Garriock Bros. Ltd who are the sponsors of the 2007 Fun Run.  Sponsorship is an important part of the event as all funds raised can go straight to the development of new services and positive promotion of mental health”. 

MYH are working in partnership with Shetland Recreational Trust to focus on the positive impact that exercise can have on someone’s mental health.  A brisk walk on fine day (or even a not so fine one!) can really lift your spirits and that’s the message that we want to get across to people.’

Shetland Recreational Trust are offering discounts to all those who register for the event up to the 12th August.  This includes Clickimin and all rural centres.

If you are interested in taking part in the event you can register online at www.mindyourhead.org.uk or by calling 01595 741322.  Julie Halcrow from MYH said ‘We had an overwhelming turn out last year and hope we can at least match that this year.  We want the 12th August to be a day for all the family whether you are walking, running or coming along for a family day out.  There will be activities for bairns and Sunday teas being served in the Dunrossness public hall’.

Mind Your Head are currently working in partnership with the NHS to develop a new post.  The Mind Your Head Support Worker will provide information, signposting to other relevant services and self help support to people with mild to moderate mental health problems.  This service will help to fill the gap that exists in current provision and offer more choice to referrers and clients.

Miss Manson said, ‘We are also building links with national organisations such as Choose Life, Scotland’s Suicide prevention Organisation and See Me, who aim to tackle the stigma of mental health.  Mind Your Head can learn alot from these organisations and hope that we can undertake joint work with them in the future’

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