The rise in drug-related deaths in Scotland has been relentless, with the number of deaths increasing almost every year since the 1990s earning Scotland the title of “drug death capital of the world”. Some 1,264 people died from drug-related causes in 2019—an all-time-high for Scotland, higher than any other European country, and nearly three times that of the UK as a whole. The majority of these deaths are in long term users, generally over the age of 35.Other studies report
This week, Achieve More has joined charities and other public bodies across the country in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week. A campaign to raise awareness and promote positive changes to improve everyone's mental health. Furthermore, the theme of the campaign is a common effort to reconnect with nature and sport. Thanks to our work, we have witnessed the impact in one person's life of regular physical activity and the key role that it can play on early development.
When the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced all Achieve More sessions to stop, we understood that this was an opportunity to offer a wider community support and start initiatives to keep the community engaged with physical activities that allow families to improve their situation. Because of that, we started our partnership with Fontana Fit in March 2020. Sean originally comes from Drumchapel where he faced many of the challenges that Achieve More Scotland participants face on a daily basis, which is
Hi! I’m Eilidh, I’m 21 years old and I’m from West Linton, a small village just south of Edinburgh. In September 2020 I moved to Bremen, Germany, to take part in a one-year volunteering project through the European Solidarity Corps (ESC), a programme funded and supported by Erasmus+ and the EU. I am volunteering for NaturKultur e.V., an NGO that organises international projects and opportunities for young people living in Europe. I arrived in Bremen at the start of September and
This year has been a tough one all round. For children and young people living under the pandemic has meant a lack of routine, increased social isolation, cyberbullying and higher rates of mental health struggles to name but a few. At the beginning of lockdown we adapted our services in response to those in need of support. In April our food parcel delivery to the community was launched and it’s provided an essential support to families across Glasgow who were going through
Today marks the end of #AlcoholAwarenessWeek where we have been sharing relevant information and facts created by Alcohol Change. One of the most interesting articles looks at the link between alcohol and mental health. So we share here some of their resources and text. Alcohol has been described as ‘the UK’s favourite coping mechanism’, and many of us do drink to try and help manage stress, anxiety, depression or other mental health problems. This is sometimes called ‘self-medicating’ with alcohol. Unfortunately,
Everything we shared during October to celebrate black lives and history. Our podcast In Conversation with Councillor Graham Campbell https://open.spotify.com/show/7vJNuXWozcPtUST0uRsodi The values and goals by Black Lives Matter Scotland After the murder of George Floyd, some of our participants shared their experiences of racism in Scotland with us. We wanted to highlight some of them during #BlackHistoryMonth to remind people the importance of being anti-racist and working together to end discrimination. My Story. Historial Figures.
This year we decided to open our annual online dance competition to all kids and young people! We have three categories: Tik tok dance, Choreography and Christmas theme. In the Tik Tok dance category, the judges will want to see dances with lots of effort, fun ideas and enthusiasm. You can submit only one video. On the Choreography category our judges are looking for high quality performances and creativity that can blow the audience away. Each video can be up
Mental health problems can affect the way you think, feel and behave. Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use, for example, ‘depression’ and ‘anxiety’. This can make them seem easier to understand, but can also mean people underestimate how serious they can be. A mental health problem feels just as bad, or worse, than any other illness – only you cannot see it. Although mental health problems are very common – affecting one in four people in