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Bearsden Festival aims to promote mental health and wellbeing across the community with our activities and ethos. With our Green Shoots Programme, all our activities are connected to the themes of wellbeing, nature and the environment. Our story during lockdown has been one of immense stresses and strains - no-one has escaped unscathed - and it's good for us to take time to recognise how important nature is for our emotional and psychological health. 

That's why we have organised the Operation Play Outdoors sessions for pre-school and primary children on 15th May, and have been running the Green Shoots Photo Contest which has highlighted how important being outdoors has been for our wellbeing this year. 

And on Wednesday 12th May we held a Webinar with The Wellbeing Rooms where Drs Jo McColl, Jan Ferris and Catherine Jenkins talked about the effects of the pandemic on our mental health and how we can move forward. 

Take a moment this week to notice and celebrate nature in your daily life. You might be surprised by what you notice!

#ConnectWithNature    #Bearsdenfest

Key Contacts:

Samaritans: 116 123

Breathing Space: 0800 838587

NHS24: 111

Ceartas Advocacy: 0141 775 0433

Wellbeing Rooms bring advice and encouragement

We're grateful to the Wellbeing Rooms for partnering with us for Mental Health Awareness Week, bringing:

  • an online webinar (watch recording below)

  • short vlogs on worry, living to your values and when and how to seek support (watch below)

  • accompanying blogs on worry, when and how to seek support

During the video presentation, Dr Jo McColl talks us through the practice of 'Dropping Anchor', an exercise to help navigate difficult moments.  The infographic can be accessed here: