Well-being project set to get under way

Catherine Johnstone

Catherine Johnstone

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A brand new community well-being project aimed at improving people’s mental health is due to kick off in Midlothian next week.

The innovative scheme is run in partnership with Midlothian Council and mental health charity Health in Mind. The new service has a café, one-to-one support and group activities. It also offers advice and information for people in crisis.

The first session will take place on Monday between 4.30pm and 8.30pm at Sure Start, Bogwood Road, Mayfield. It’s hoped the project will give people the chance to get out, socialise and meet new people.

Councillor Catherine Johnstone (SNP), cabinet member for adult and social care, said: “This is a fantastic project, right in the heart of our local community in Midlothian and we’re delighted to be working with Health in Mind to deliver it. The sessions will give people the chance to meet new people as well as offer a dedicated one-to-one service, which is second to none in improving people’s mental health.”

Gwenn McCreath, Health in Mind chief executive said: “Health in Mind has delivered a number of services on behalf of Midlothian for over a decade and we know how they can change lives, helping people to live the life they want to live. Midlothian Council has been at the forefront of introducing innovative and effective mental health and wellbeing services, and our experienced team are looking forward to working with local people.”