When it comes to raising mental health awareness and funds, the staff and service users of our Cothrom resource in Fort William are definitely on the right track!

A groupfrom the centre had a very busy day at Fort William railway station raising awareness and promoting Support in Mind Scotland's 1 in 100 campaign. They did this very creatively- encouraging commuters to "walk in our shoes" by stenciling their footprint on a roll of paper and talking about where they were from to see how far around the world awareness of mental health could be raised.

The response was incredible with many travellers getting in the spirit, from places as far flung as Russia, India, Japan, the Czech Republic, France, USA and Belgium.

Closer to home, there was involvement from people from England and Northern Ireland, and more locally from Fort William, Mallaig, Kinlochleven and the village of Roybridge. Some participants wrote inspirational quotes on their footprints about what mental health means to them. The event, announced over the PA system by Scotrail staff, was attended by the local press and raised £81.38 for the 1 in 100 campaign.

It's a busy time for Cothrom and their next awareness raising event comes during the National Mòd which is being held in Fort William between Monday 16th and Friday 20th October. During the arts extravaganza, the footsteps will be displayed beside the Nevis Centre where the main competitions of the Mòd are being held televised on BBC Alba.

Lochaber Gaelic Choir, who count Cothrom Assistant Manager Ellen Nicolson in their number, will be visiting the centre to sing for service users on Friday 20th October before competing in the Mòd and will all be wearing Support in Mind wristbands to promote the charity whilst competing. Check our social media channels nearer the time to find out what time to tune in and support Ellen and her choir.