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This Weeks’ New Providers on Carena

A warm welcome to our newest providers who have added a profile of their services on Carena. Visit their profiles to see what they offer and how they can help you.

Bourtreehill Medical Practice– provides GP and additional health services

To publish your service, social or activity group or organisation on Carena, go to the Home Page, click on Register Provider and follow the instructions. If you need any assistance please email us at

The Power of Okay

See Me’s campaign The Power of Okay is creating a culture of openness about mental health by encouraging conversations that will help to dispel the stigma.

See Me are encouraging workplaces to change their culture, after a newly published survey of Scottish workers found nearly half (45%) think that people in their organisation wouldn’t speak about their mental health for fear of discrimination from their colleagues.

As a result they are launching a new campaign, The Power of Okay, working with employers across Scotland to improve mental health, so people feel safe to speak out if they are struggling.

If you think one of your colleagues is struggling, ask them if they are okay, and really listen to them. Don’t just ignore it.

To find out more watch this short video ‪or Tweet #‎PowerofOkay


MS Foot Drop Research Study

Do you have multiple sclerosis and suffer from foot drop? Would you like to take part in a research study looking at current treatments? If you answer yes to both these questions, NHS Ayrshire & Arran want to hear from you.

The team are recruiting people with MS who are known to consultants in the MS Services including NHS Ayrshire & Arran.

The study is being funded by the MS Society, and is supported by Glasgow Caledonian University, University of Glasgow and University of Strathclyde.

To be eligible for the study patients must:

  • have been diagnosed with MS;
  • be over 18 years old;
  • have persistent foot drop over the last three months due to their MS;
  • be able to walk for five minutes at a comfortable pace without stopping; and
  • have had little change in their MS over the last three months.

To find out more about how to take part in the study, email or telephone 01294 323 057.

The study will last until August 2016.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder also referred to as SAD Syndrome can affect people as the winter nights draw in.

Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • Persistent low mood
  • Loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • Feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
  • Sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • Craving carbohydrates and gaining weight

For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.

To find out more about SAD, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support together with tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family, click here.



Do You Enjoy The Outdoor Life?

Air Na Creagan, a local mountaineering and hill-walking group is looking for new members to join them. The club are holding their next monthly social evening in The Auld Brig Pub in Irvine on Monday 16 November at 7.30pm. They are keen to invite new members to join them and to find out more about the club.

If you are interested in going along you can find out more on their website or email

Why Social Prescriptions Are Just What The Doctor Ordered

Social Prescribing is about linking people up to activities in the community that they might benefit from. It’s about connecting people to non-medical sources of support. There is increasing evidence to support the use of social interventions for people experiencing a range of common mental health and wellbeing problems. You can read more about this in an article by Rachel Williams.

Voice Your Ideas

Glasgow Disability Alliance is running a free event for disabled people aged between 15-30 years old. They want to listen to the experience of young disabled people and get your ideas. This is your opportunity to meet organisations that provide support to help disabled people with all aspects of independent living.

This event is taking place on Wednesday 25 November 2015 at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow from 12 until 3pm and includes lunch. Places are limited and you must book in advance by calling 0141 556 7103 or e-mail

Lego Needed For Kids Club

Stevenston Library is looking for kind donations of Lego for a children’s Lego club. If you have any unwanted Lego please hand it in to the any member of staff at the library, where it will be made really good use by local children.

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