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This week is National Trustees’ Week in the UK.  I was surprised to read that there are over 1 million charity trustees in the UK, including 180,000 in Scotland. Charity trustees are essential for the smooth running of a charity (not least as regulators require you to have them in place) and are generally unpaid volunteers.  They are responsible for the governance of the charity and accountable to the relevant charities regulator for the running of the charity, safekeeping of charity assets and compliance with

When I heard that the brothers of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison were launching a charity in memory of their brother and in aid of mental health I decided that I would like to contribute in some small way.  I had lost my younger brother (Ali) to suicide 7 years previously and hearing about the tragedy of Scott had really hit home. I had been a fan of the band for a number of years and to hear of another family being similarly devastated

Since we started this journey, we have been honest with ourselves and with everyone we have encountered - we are not experts in children and young people’s mental health. We have our own perspectives and we have a voice, but much more importantly, we intend to listen. So I have tried to accept as many invitations as possible to meet someone for a coffee, to go to an event, to speak to a professional or to hear about people’s experiences first-hand. This week’s exercise in

As part of Suicide Prevention Week I was invited to give a talk at ‘Midlothian Lives Matter’ event, which took the form of a ‘Wellbeing Football Tournament’, held at the ground of Bonnyrigg Rose FC. The event was co-organised by Phil from the Orchard Centre in Bonnyrigg and Trish from the Football Club and was testament to all the amazing work that is being done to help people live their lives alongside difficulties and face up to challenges - it was truly inspirational. The