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Falkirk Seniors’ Group

There is a stigma attached to mental health, but one local group is working to break down the barriers and tackle the issues associated with conditions.

Falkirk Seniors’ Group was set up last year by FDAMH (Falkirk and District Association for Mental Health) and users of the service to give a voice to older people who have functional mental health issues or care for someone else who has.

There are 32 members and those who attend the monthly meetings use life experiences of mental ill health to support each other and help improve services for everyone in the same position.

FDAMH carer development worker Eddie Kelly said: “Attending group meetings and representing the group has given people confidence, raised self-esteem and self-worth, and the opportunity to give something back to their communities.

“The group has also set out to place people who use older people’s mental health services at the heart of the planning, redesign and evaluation of their services.”

Functional mental health issues can include depression, severe anxiety and bipolar disorder, but not dementia or Alzheimer’s.

WHO: Falkirk Seniors’ Group

WHERE: Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Camelon

WHEN: First or second Tuesday of month

CONTACT: Eddie Kelly, (01324) 671609

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