Health and wellbeing

RSABI, the charity which supports people in Scottish agriculture, has this week welcomed Glenalmond College as the first-ever school member of its Supporters’ Scheme.

The Perthshire school with 360 boys and girls, both day pupils and boarders, welcomed RSABI vice-chairman David Leggat and Highland bull Donald to mark the occasion.

Favourite walks, everyday views, pieces of history, and hazards are amongst the photos that residents are being encouraged to enter into a Photo Survey and Competition before 1 December.

A new plan will help ensure mental health and wellbeing remains at the heart of the Scottish Government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Children and young people, those facing redundancy, and people with long-term physical health conditions and disabilities are among key groups the plan focuses on.

Where is home and what does it mean to you? It can be a physical building but for many of us it is a feeling, a place, a smell or a view. The people who know you, being a ‘regular’, stopping for a chat, a beaten track and reassuring landmarks. When you’ve lived somewhere all your life and these things are part of your routine it can be hard to think how you might live without them.

A brand new book of light-hearted anecdotes and stories from the Scottish agricultural industry will be launched in the coming weeks.

The new book, “Farming is Still a Funny Business”, which has been compiled by farming journalist Andrew Arbuckle, is now available to pre-order, ahead of its full launch in October.

Scotland’s walking charity Paths for All has opened registration for its latest workplace walking challenge.

The Step Count Challenge is recruiting teams of five to sign up for the eight-week initiative which aims to get everyone moving more, sitting less and staying connected with workmates in and around the working day.

LGBTI+ Rural life during Covid19

Evidence suggests that the disproportionately high incidence of poor mental health within the LGBTI+ population living rurally is due to prejudice, isolation and minority stress. Prejudice and lack of inclusion is experienced in social life, the public sector, work life and school. Evidence shows that service provision is not meeting the needs of LGBTI+ people in rural areas in Scotland. This lack of provision leads to feelings of isolation and lack of visibility. 

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Protect Scotland app is now available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.

Communities in Carstairs Junction, Coalburn and Coulter are being asked to take part in a walking, cycling and wheeling mapping consultation between now and 18 October, to help create new active travel maps and wayfinding.