Sandra White MSP tunes in to FeelsFM on #WorldMentalHealthDay

FeelsFM, the world’s first emoji powered jukebox, has been created to help young people in Scotland talk about how they’re feeling, after new research revealed only a quarter would tell someone if they were struggling to cope.

See Me, the national programme to end mental health discrimination, surveyed 1455 young people aged 12-26 on mental health. They found that only 26% of young people would tell someone if they were finding it difficult to cope, compared to 67% who would tell someone if they were feeling physically unwell.

To help young people to speak about how they are feeling See Me have launched FeelsFM.co.uk.

The online emoji powered jukebox, created as part of the Year of Young People, is designed to help young people express their feelings, use music as a positive coping strategy, and find new ways to talk about mental health stigma.

Alongside the online platform, young people have also helped See Me put together a FeelsFM Activity which brings FeelsFM to life so it can be used to support young people to have conversations about mental health.

See Me are looking for organisations who engage with young people to run Feels FM activities by downloading a pack from https://www.seemescotland.org/young-people/resources/campaigns/run-your-feels-fm-activity/. The pack is great for youth, community, or school groups, and we will give you everything you need! All you need to do is visit their website and put your order in and they’ll pop a pack in the post for you.

Part of the discussion involves asking young people what they would do to tackle stigma and discrimination. See Me will then look at all the ideas, and the one they think will work best will be given a £1000 grant to make the idea a reality. The deadline to submit your idea is October 26th.

Glasgow Kelvin MSP, Sandra White commented:
“The ever growing cultural conversation that we are having on mental health is vital to the well-being of so many of my constituents. Indeed, regardless of background or profession every single person needs to acknowledge the importance of their own mental health and in turn how they can positively affect those around them.

“As such I am delighted to support See Me’s new campaign aimed at increasing awareness amongst younger people – a group in our society who are faced with a variety of pressures on a daily basis. In the Year of Young People this is therefore a particularly appropriate campaign and one that I hope is successful, far and wide.

“With See Me kicking off this campaign at the Barrowland Ballroom, with the Scottish Government’s new Minister for Mental Health, Claire Haughey MSP, it again reiterates the seriousness with which our society is now viewing mental health and the commitment this Scottish Government is making to ensure that this conversation continues within all of our communities.”

Share your Feels FM fun and see what other folk are up to with the hashtags #FeelsFM and #YoYP2018.

GLASGOW WELCOMES ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY OF GAZA STUDENTS

Local SNP MSP Sandra White met up with students from the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) who are currently studying at the University of Glasgow (UoG) as part of the ERASMUS+ International Credit Mobility. 

International Credit Mobility (ICM) is an Erasmus + Key Action 1 project which aims to facilitate exchange and education links between European and international partners. The ICM programme offers funded mobility opportunities for staff and postgraduate students to and from international partners.  

The UoG were successful in their bids to the European Union Erasmus+ in 2017, receiving a total of  €600,000 which has enabled 20 students, the biggest ever cohort, from IUG to study at UoG. 

UoG also provide the EAST Project every summer which accommodates overseas engineering students with engineers from Gaza to research ways to solve the engineering problems facing Gaza due to the ongoing blockade by Israel and Egypt.  Many students have worked together since the Project began in 2015.   

They also offer an online Palestinian Arabic Course which was written in partnership with IUG, combining video and skype lessons, allowing trained teachers in Gaza to access paid work, which also helps overcome the employment effects caused by the ongoing blockade. 

Commenting on the visit Ms White said: 

“It was inspiring to meet with the students from the Islamic University of Gaza and to talk to them about the situation in Gaza. This opportunity is having a positive impact on not just their lives, with the chance to study here in Glasgow, but the knowledge they are taking home to Gaza to improve a very desperate situation.

“It is thanks to the commitment from the team at both the University of Glasgow and the Islamic University of Gaza and of course the enthusiasm and willingness to take part from the students.

“Not satisfied with offering the Erasmus+ programme the University also offers the EAST project summer course which has been running for 3 years now bringing together engineering students from Gaza and around the world to find new ways of tackling engineering problems in Gaza. And of course they have the online language course which they produced in collaboration with the Islamic University of Gaza and is taught by teachers in Gaza.

“My concern is that with Brexit the Erasmus+ programme will no longer be accessible and the opportunity for students from Gaza to come here to Glasgow to learn will be lost as well as the significant contribution their learning and collaboration brings to the people of Gaza.”

 

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF AGE SCOTLAND

The Scottish Parliament this week marked the 75th anniversary of Age Scotland, in a debate led by SNP MSP Sandra White, who convenes the Cross-Party group on Older People, Age and Ageing.

The Scottish Parliament recognised the organisation’s achievement since its establishment as the Scottish Older People’s Welfare Committee in 1943.

Ms White paid tribute to the huge contribution of Age Scotland’s network of 1,100 local groups in tackling feelings of loneliness and isolation amongst older people as well as wishing the staff and volunteers every success in their mission to promote positive views of later life and ageing in Scotland.

Ms White also paid tribute to local organisations across Glasgow Kelvin including Glasgow’s Golden Generation formerly Glasgow Older Peoples Welfare Association.

Speaking in the debate, Ms White said:

“This has been an incredible journey for Age Scotland established 75 years ago as the Scottish Older Peoples Welfare Committee.  

“They have gone from strength to strength championing the rights of older people the length and breadth of Scotland.  

“This success has been possible due to the drive and determination of those involved, particularly their team of volunteers. 

“I am certain that Age Scotland will continue to vociferously campaign on improving later life for everyone across Scotland for many years to come. 

“I was particularly pleased to hear that Kelvin based Glasgow’s Golden Generation were recognised during the 75th anniversary celebrations at the Parliament this week they are most certainly worthy of their award.”

 

SANDRA WHITE MSP CELEBRATES COMMUNITY’S EFFORTS TO CURE BLOOD CANCER

Residents in Glasgow Kelvin have been praised by blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan on the number of people in their community who are registered as stem cell donors.

To mark Blood Cancer Awareness Month this September, Sandra White MSP has revealed that Glasgow Kelvin is ranked number 1 in Scotland for having the most stem cell donors on the register as well as number 1 for the largest amount of donors added in the past 12 months and number 1 for the highest amount of young donors.

Sandra White collected a certificate on behalf of Glasgow Kelvin from the charity at a reception in the Scottish Parliament.

This achievement is being celebrated by Anthony Nolan as part of its Communities vs Blood Cancer campaign – which shines a spotlight on the vital work being done at a local level to ensure every patient in need of a stem cell transplant can find a lifesaving donor.

In Glasgow Kelvin 3089 potential stem cell donors are registered with Anthony Nolan. 40% of these donors are male, and the average age is 28.

In total, more than 700,000 people in the UK are on the Anthony Nolan register, any of whom could be a match for someone with blood cancer and asked to donate their stem cells to give a patient a second chance of life.

Now, Sandra White is encouraging more people from Glasgow Kelvin, particularly men aged 16-30 and people from black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds, to register as stem cell donors and make sure that a match is available for everyone in need of a transplant. While anyone on the register could be a match for someone with blood cancer, men aged 16-30 are most likely to be asked to donate. They provide more than 50% of donations yet make up just 16% of the register. There is also a shortage of donors from non-white and mixed-race backgrounds.

Commenting Sandra White said: “I was extremely proud and humbled to receive not one but three certificates on behalf of the 3089 donors across Glasgow Kelvin. These people have selflessly volunteered to give someone a second chance at life. Donating stem cells is straightforward but it could make an enormous difference to someone with no other chance of a cure.  

“I hope that more people from our community will be inspired to sign up and show that together, we can provide a cure for blood cancer.”

For more information about the Community vs Blood Cancer campaign visit www.anthonynolan.org/communities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLASGOW KELVIN MSP WELCOMES ECONOMIC GROWTH EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS IN 2018

POSITIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH AS SCOTLAND MOVES AHEAD OF UK

 

SNP MSP Sandra White has praised new figures showing that Scotland’s economy has outperformed the UK’s in the second quarter of this year.

 

According to official figures, announced by Scotland’s Chief Statistician, the economy in Scotland grew by 0.5% in the second quarter of 2018 while growth in the UK was at 0.4%.

 

In the first half of this year, Scottish GDP grew by 0.8% – ahead of the UK at 0.6% over the same period, and already higher than the 0.7% growth forecast by the Scottish Fiscal Committee for 2018 as a whole.

 

The last year has seen the Scottish economy grow by a total of 1.7%, whilst the UK lags behind on 1.3%.

 

This growth in Scotland comes as concerns increase over the handling of Brexit negotiations, with Brexit potentially costing the Scottish economy £12.7billion a year – the equivalent of £2,300 for every person in the country.

 

Sandra White MSP said:

“It is extremely encouraging to see that economic growth in Scotland is exceeding expectations – benefitting people in Kelvin and across the country.

 

“These latest figures show the success of the Scottish Government’s approach, focused on building a strong economy, investing in business and enterprise and supporting the industries of the future.

 

“This success is welcome, but Brexit poses a real threat to Scottish jobs and household incomes – since the European single market is over eight times bigger than the UK market alone.

 

“Single market membership is absolutely crucial to protecting the jobs, incomes, and hard-won rights of millions of people across Scotland and the UK. The Tories must urgently commit to staying in the single market.”

 

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