24 April 2017

Dundee MSP backs Heart Tay Heart at Abertay event

Dundee MSP backs Heart Tay Heart at Abertay event

Dundee MSP Shona Robison has spoken of her commitment to help those with mental health issues “get the right help at the right time”.

Ms Robison attended the official launch of Heart Tay Heart, which aims to raise awareness of mental health in Dundee.

Hosted by Abertay University on Friday evening, the launch offered an opportunity for the organisers to thank all those who have contributed towards the upcoming week of events.

Heart Tay Heart’s mental health awareness week was created by people within the Dundee community who have a passion and determination to push for a different conversation around mental health.

Organised by Abertay student Louise Johnstone, the week involves a host of events.

Ms Robison, MSP for Dundee East and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, spoke of her delight at attending the opening event at Abertay’s Student Centre on Friday for the city’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

She said: “It is admirable that Louise, and everyone else involved, are opening up the conversation about mental health here in Dundee. They are making it possible for us to specifically listen to the stories of Dundonians and their journey with their own mental health, and they are highlighting practical strategies to help manage and recover from mental health challenges.

“The Scottish Government is committed to all the principles of what has brought all of us here today. I want to see a Scotland where people can get the right help at the right time. Where people can expect recovery and fully enjoy their rights, free from discrimination and stigma.”

Abertay University is playing its part in Heart Tay Heart with a series of events taking place this coming week (April 24-28).

From a lunchtime Walk Up the Law today to suicide risk awareness workshops, a dementia awareness workshop, mindfulness stress-buster sessions, there is lots going on to mark the week.

For the full programme of events, click here http://www.heart-tay-heart.co.uk/heart-tay-heart-events

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