We had forgotten that we are ecological beings

If farmers can learn such ways from nature what about the rest of us? An article by Patrick M. Lydon, May 2020, first published in Yes! Magazine.  Featured image: Heron #5 – Sumiyoshi Koen, Osaka, Japan. Credit Patrick M. Lydon It’s afternoon in the middle of the work week, and our local park is filled …

Well-Being Cafes to open on Arran

By Jennie Morrison-Cowan Last month Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran wrote about the research being carried out by Alzheimer’s Research UK “The Brain Health Campaign”. In it she mentions the need to stay active and keep engaged. To that end, Arran Well-Being – for healthy hearts and minds – has been set up …

The power of ‘what if?’

“If there was ever a time for fresh thinking, for being bold, for being visionary and imaginative – for reimagining everything – this is it. So let’s get together and reshape the world.” Rob Hopkins, author and co-founder of Transition Town Totnes and the Transition Network Following on from his recent book, ‘From What Is …

Keeping Dementia at Bay

A report by Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Almost 80,000 people in Scotland are living with dementia today, a number set to double by 2050. Caring for a loved one with dementia can be very challenging. Watching someone we care about make the slow descent from the person they used to be …

Mental health and support during times of Covid-19

Mental Health and Support if Contemplating Suicide By local MSP Kenneth Gibson Thankfully, we survived “Blue Monday.” The third Monday in January is reportedly the most depressing day of the year, and it’s easy to see why. The festive period feels long gone, but the nights are still dark and often wild. Many of us …

Emotional and psychological help available on Arran

Emotional and psychological help available on Arran No-one need feel alone whether with Covid anxiety, life issues or the deep pain of bereavement amid the confusion of pandemic. There are many of us working locally as therapists to bring support quickly. Statutory NHS services can find it difficult (especially now) to deliver mainland-based interventions and …

Ten tips for remaining cheerful

By Heather Regan-Addis published on 26th January 2021 on the Mindfulness Association’s website As this current lockdown progresses and the implications of the pandemic for our day to day life in the longer term become more apparent it is easy to become overwhelmed. As human beings we have a negativity bias which orients us to …

Nature Prescriptions

By Kirsty Nutt writing in November 2020 for the RSPB Scotland From Cornwall to Shetland conservation groups and GPs are partnering to “prescribe nature”. The government has committed funding to develop social prescribing, and since the end of last year, GPs at five practices in Edinburgh are now able to prescribe nature to patients as …

North Ayrshire Wellbeing Conversation

The following message from the North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership tells us about a new programme of engagement, the Wellbeing Conversation, taking place across North Ayrshire and they want to start by asking the people who live and work here a couple of questions. See below for the link to the questionnaire. Over …

What ‘Walden’ can tell us about social distancing and focusing on life’s essentials

By Robert M. Thorson, Professor of Geology, University of Connecticut, first published March 26, 2020 in The Conversation Seeking to bend the coronavirus curve, governors and mayors have told millions of Americans to stay home. If you’re pondering what to read, it’s easy to find lists featuring books about disease outbreaks, solitude and living a …