Emma Roddick MSP leads debate on mental health stigma in the workplace

Emma Roddick MSP has led a Members’ Business Debate in the Scottish Parliament on the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace. The Highlands and Islands MSP highlighted that a report by Centred, a mental health organisation based in the Highlands, had drawn her attention to figures from See Me’s Scottish Mental Illness Stigma study,Continue reading “Emma Roddick MSP leads debate on mental health stigma in the workplace”

Highlands & Islands MSP meets with local mental health charity

As part of her busy summer recess schedule, Emma Roddick MSP recently visited the Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association. Established in 1992, the charity supports members with their health, social, practical, and emotional needs. The charity offers drop-in sessions as well as outreach support and door-to-door visits, covering the needs of all individuals. TheContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP meets with local mental health charity”

Highlands & Islands MSP meets with local mental health social enterprise

Continuing her summer recess schedule, Emma Roddick MSP recently visited Skye-based charity and social enterprise RagTag and Textile. Established in 2003, the charity promotes mental and social well-being in North-West Scotland through guided, creative workshops and drop-in “cake and conversation” days. RagTag have a unique framework that supports both mental health and the environment. ByContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP meets with local mental health social enterprise”

Emma Roddick MSP visits ‘life saving’ mental health service

As part of her summer recess tour, Emma Roddick recently visited the Distress Brief Intervention in Inverness. Emerging from the Scottish Government’s work on the Suicide Prevention and Mental Health strategies, the Distress Brief Intervention approach works to improve the response to people presenting in distress. Speaking on her visit Roddick said: “It’s clear thatContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP visits ‘life saving’ mental health service”

Emma Roddick MSP shows support for mental health across the Highlands & Islands

Emma Roddick has dedicated her first weeks of summer recess to meet with community groups and charities supporting mental health across the Highlands & Islands. These groups included Highland Befrienders, Centred (formerly Birchwood Highland), and Inverness Street Pastors. Following these visits, Roddick said: “I speak about this often, but the Highlands and Islands are facingContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP shows support for mental health across the Highlands & Islands”

Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on her party to do more to ensure that public sector workers are trauma-informed, telling them that witnesses to the Social Justice and Social Security Committee have reported being re-traumatised or frightened to engage with services due to difficult experiences. She said: “A message that’s come through loud andContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP calls for trauma training for the public sector”

SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick praised the mental health support work developed by Penumbra at their Edinburgh Crisis Centre and called for a similar model to be rolled out across the country, including in the Highlands and Islands. The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and providesContinue reading “SNP MSP CALLS FOR HIGHLAND-BASED CRISIS CENTRE TO “BRIDGE GAP IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES””

SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities

Emma Roddick has today raised the issue of mental health services in the Highlands and Islands by asking the Scottish Government to provide an update on the Distress Brief Intervention programme, highlighting the need for island and rural communities to have equal access to crisis services. The pilot project, which was launched in the HighlandsContinue reading “SNP MSP questions Scottish Government on mental health support services for rural and island communities”

Local MSP to speak about mental health issues at Alan Goodwin talk

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick is planning to answer questions surrounding mental health in Scotland at Eden Court’s OneTouch Theatre on Thursday evening. The event, organised by local personal trainer Alan Goodwin, is part of a series of talks aiming to destigmatise mental illness through open discussion. Emma Roddick, who will be supporting MrContinue reading “Local MSP to speak about mental health issues at Alan Goodwin talk”

Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises

SNP MSP for the Highlands & Islands, Emma Roddick, has used her column in the Highland News & Media Group to talk candidly about her own mental health experiences. As a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Mental Health, Roddick is particularly interested in what support can be provided to those who areContinue reading “Highlands & Islands MSP speaks out on mental health crises”