As our charity’s director for Scotland, I shared my professional and personal views on drugs being a health issue rather than a criminal one, at a political debate in Inverclyde led by MP Ronnie Cowan.
The National Records for Scotland have published worrying figures that show there were 1,265 alcohol-related deaths in 2016 - an increase of 115 (10%) compared with 2015, and the highest annual total since 2010.
The theme this year is 'from surviving to thriving' and it feels very positive that this encourages us to think about mental health as a spectrum from very well to very unwell which we all move up and down at different points in our lives.
This week, the government published a paper about Workless Families. It contains a range of new measures for local and national government to monitor and improve the lives of children who grow up in workless households.
We’ve been delivering Mind and Body for almost a year now. It’s been a great success. The programme helps young people to open up about their emotional wellbeing and find positive ways to cope with their problems.
Putting our work, hopes, aims and beliefs into a few words was no mean feat, while MSPs hurried in and out of the debating chamber, but the lightbulb reaction and enthusiasm we saw when something struck a chord with someone was worth trying for.