Mental Health

Post-Graduate Open Day at Paisley

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Discover more about UWS postgraduate courses at our Paisley Campus Open Day on: Tuesday 22nd May, 2pm-5pm.
The Open Day will give prospective students the opportunity to speak to staff about existing and new course developments, discuss their career interests, and discover more about the University’s significant investment in teaching and learning, IT and campus facilities.

Find out more here:


What is Your #oneweething?

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The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice (ASCPP), which is based within our School on the Hamilton Campus is running a social media campaign in support of Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 4th to Sunday 10th June 2018.

Using the Twitter hashtag #oneweething, the Centre aims to build on the success of last year’s campaign and raise awareness of good dementia care practices, in particular, the important worked carried out by Scotland’s National Dementia Champions which have all been trained by the staff here at UWS.

The ASCPP leads the delivery of the National Dementia Champions programme which forms a key part of the Scottish Government’s National Dementia Strategy. This important programme creates ‘Dementia Champions’ to improve the quality of care provided for people with dementia and caring families across Scotland.

As part of this campaign, UWS is urging health professionals and members of the public to tweet about how Dementia Champions have improved the lives, experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people with dementia, their families and carers.

Professor Debbie Tolson, ASCPP director said:

“Throughout all our work with the Dementia Champions, we repeatedly hear ‘it’s just a wee thing.’ or ‘it’s only a wee thing, but it helps’. Our campaign aims to raise awareness that you can make a big difference to individuals and families experience of dementia starting with one small change. When we add up all the wee things that make a difference we are using knowledge to improving lives.”

For more information on Scotland’s Dementia Awareness Week (4-10 June) visit Alzheimer Scotland’s official campaign website at and if you are on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr join the Thunderclap at


#MentalHealthAwareness Week @mentalhealth

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mhaw-banner-identToday marks the start of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from the 14-20 May. This year the focus is upon stress since research has shown that two-thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in why this is so.

By tackling stress, we can go a long way towards tackling mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide. To find more about this year’s events and about tackling stress, click here

If you are a student and you are experiencing stress you may find this link useful.

If you are a student at UWS then this webpage may also be useful. Things not going well?

Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival Commences

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For the first time the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival is taking place in May instead of October. This will mean that it coincides with Scottish Mental Health Awareness Week which commences on the 14th. of May and runs until the 20th.

This year the Arts Festival will focus on young people. It is believed that 50% of adult mental health problems begin in early life so much of the programme explores young people’s mental health issues. Events take place across the country during this month so if yiu can get along to one of the events that is local to you and learn some more about mental illness and some of the great national and local organisations working in this aea of healthcare. You can find out whats on HERE

UWS Midwifery success at the MAMA Conference 2018

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UWS featured highly at this years MAMA Conference and Awards 2018 in Glasgow over this Friday and Saturday. As well as lecturers and students providing breakout skills sessions for delegates, our very own midwifery lecturer Sheona Brown was awarded ‘Midwifery Educator of the Year‘ and our 2nd Year MSc Midwifery student Heather Gilchrist received the award for ‘Student Midwife of the Year’.

Our congratulations to them both and all the other nominees for awards at UWS, as well as all those involved in the skill sessions. Some other photos below:

UWS Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland Featured in BBC Documentary

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UWS Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland featured in BBC documentary “Beti and David: Lost for Words.”

Dr Margaret Brown, Senior Lecturer and Depute Director for Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS said:

“The team were involved in the production of this moving documentary when Beti George visited our University to talk about the good practice in Scotland. She interviewed carers and staff from the Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice and Alzheimer Scotland, who appeared in the documentary. The resulting film is the story of Beti and her late partner David Parry-Jones, a broadcaster known as the ‘Voice of Welsh Rugby’. The film shows both of them facing his journey with dementia and Beti’s efforts to start a ‘revolution in dementia care’ in Wales, informed by some of her experiences with the Scottish team.”

The Alzheimer Scotland Centre for Policy and Practice at UWS provides a high quality environment for applied research, education and enterprise. It is a centre of excellence, advancing dementia policy and practice through education and applied research in Scotland and beyond.

The documentary can be found here.

Graduation Day #DCG18 for National Dementia Champions Cohort 8 and DISL’s Cohort 2

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Congratulations to all the Cohort 8 NES/SSSC Dementia Champions and Dementia Specialist Improvement Leads (DSIL’s) who received their awards yesterday at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh. The keynote speaker and guest for the morning was again Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Mental Health with the Scottish Government who underlined the importance of both of these programmes to the achievement and delivery of Scotland’s  3rd. National Strategy for Dementia.

The Dementia Champions programme which is delivered by the School of Health Nursing and Midwifery at UWS and Alzheimer Scotland, supports the development of Dementia Champions as change agents in improving the experience, care, treatment and outcomes for people living with dementia, and their families and carers in acute general and community hospitals, and more widely within growing numbers of community care settings. UWS have been involved now in the education and development of 857 NES/SSSC National Dementia Champions since the start of the initiative.

Yesterday’s awards included the first member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to be recognised as a Champion. Well done to George Bagley (Watch Manager, Prevention and Protection).

The DSIL’s programme is an 18-month programme intended to build local training and leadership capacity and capability to support workforce development in mental health continuing care services. The course is a part of the Scottish Governments work towards the achievement of Commitment 11 of the 2nd National Dementia Strategy). There have been two cohorts of 30 mental health nursing participants since the programme began. UWS School of Health and Nursing have been hugely involved in delivering this successful initiative since its outset. If you want to find out more you can listen to one of yeaterdays completing students, Gillian Grubb  talking about her involvement.