MYPAS – SMART Family and Friends meetings

Starting on Thursday 28th September at 10.15am-11.15am or 6.15pm-7.15pm.

SMART F&F meetings support Family and Friends of young people living in East Lothian and Midlothian who use substances, to establish healthier relationships. The programme supports those affected by a young person’s substance use to concentrate on themselves and learn new ways of dealing with the challenges, thoughts, and emotions that they experience.  The meetings focus on positive communication, disabling and enabling, and trust and self-care. More information about SMART F&F can be found at

To register interest contact Dawn Casey on 07745043959 or email

Supporting the wellbeing of neurodivergent C&YP

A new service supporting the wellbeing of neurodivergent C&YP in Edinburgh has been introduced. It is a partnership project between Barnardo’s, Tailor Ed Foundation (5-16) and Number 6 (16-24) and CAMHS. There will be groups and some individual support on developing awareness/understanding, insight, and identity, and looking after wellbeing. This has been funded by the City of Edinburgh Council Community Mental Health Funding

Families who feel they may benefit from the service should be encouraged to self refer:

Barnardo’s are operating a triage service, providing emotional support, practical strategies and signposting to help get C&YP to the right service for them. Young people and/or their parents can simply get in touch by email or come along to one of their community drop ins (see website for dates).

5 Steps towards wellbeing

Our wellbeing display can be viewed in the main corridor on the first floor. Take your time and challenge yourself to complete the 5 steps. Explore the QR codes and links on the last board.

Eating Disorders in Children – Information for Parents & Carers

BEAT are offering (in conjunction in a project with NHS Lothian), Scotland wide, the useful phone based coaching support (for parents/carers, supported by parent experts by experience) called ECHO and email based support (for young people 12-25 with an eating disorder diagnosed or self identifying, supported by young adults now recovered from an eating disorder)  called SHARED. Here are links for signposting too.