An initiative to help people living in P&K to get through the Christmas period as well as they can.
It may sound strange to some people to talk about surviving Christmas but there are plenty of stories out there illustrating Christmas as a very difficult time for people; domestic abuse levels soar, relationship difficulties often come to a head, people bereaved at Christmas dread it, families become stressed due to getting into debt and the effects of over indulgence on alcohol or drugs causing depression, violence and sometimes death.
Another very sad fact of Christmas is the loneliness people experience. Services and projects reduce or even close down for the whole festive period leaving people purposeless and increasingly isolated.
Surviving Christmas was designed with this in mind and helps people through various means such as providing information and signposting to prevent issues arising in the first place and what to do/who to contact/ where to go, if loneliness, stress, crisis or thoughts of suicide becomes a reality.
Our Christmas wallet card and other support information for the Christmas period can be found here.
At the launch of the Surviving Christmas campaign, Perth Royal Infirmary, 4th December 2013. From left: Susan Scott PLUS Manager, Grant Muckhart PLUS member, Elspeth MacLachlan PKC councillor, Dr Deborah Gray NHS Tayside, Douglas Pover PKC councillor.
PLUS is a charitable company led by people who have
Most of all we value people as experts in their own mental health
"To facilitate greater participation for people who have used mental health services in the development and improvement of local services and to lead on new mental health and wellbeing initiatives, campaigns and movements"
• To develop an efficient and effective organisation
• To develop a sustainable member-led training team
For information on how to become a PLUS member please click here
PLUS is a local mental health charity covering Perth & Kinross. It is in its tenth year of existence and is staffed by one Development Manager, an operational support worker and two part-time Involvement workers. The project is based at 77 Canal Street, Perth and the office is open between the hours of 9.30 am and 3:30 pm Tuesday to Friday for mental health enquiries. Within the last year PLUS membership has increased to over 200 with a total of 18 active volunteers. We are continually seeking volunteers.
PLUS became a charity and constituted organisation in its own right in 2009 and our constitution can be downloaded here, our latest annual report is here. The 2010 Annual Report can be downloaded here
PLUS Perth and The Scottish Recovery Network worked in partnership to produce a DVD resource about recovery.
The main aims of this film are to give hope to people and to help dispel the negative image of mental health problems. It is also used as an awareness raising tool amongst service users, carers and professionals alike.
The DVD includes interviews with people recounting their personal stories of recovery. It illustrates a key message that every person is an individual with a right to recover at their own pace and in their own way. The DVD also includes interviews with people who have been involved in the participants' recovery. This helps to highlight how other people and their attitudes can impact on recovery.
Please also visit The Scottish Recovery Network's vimeo page to view other videos on mental health and recovery
Scottish Charity SC040271 | Company Number SC354220
PLUS Christmas Helpline Card
A handy wallet card with useful info and helplines is now available at the PLUS office
Meanings of Madness Conference
PLUS recently attended the 'Meanings of Madness' conference in Cork, Ireland. Click here to read the full report, and to download resources from the conference.
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