New partnership between Heriot-Watt's Sports Union and mental health charity

Students at Heriot-Watt University Sports Union are supporting young people and adults across the Scotland who are experiencing mental health problems by raising awareness, fundraising and volunteering for Scottish charity Penumbra.

Penumbra campaigns to influence national and local government policy, and to increase public knowledge and understanding about mental ill health.
One in four Scots will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives, ranging from anxiety and depression to personality disorders and schizophrenia. For many, this can be a frightening and isolating experience and it is important people are offered advice, someone impartial to talk to and practical support with things like accommodation, training and setting goals for the future.

Heriot-Watt's Sports Union President, Chris Donnelly said: "The partnership with Penumbra came about as Heriot-Watt's Sports Union wanted to give something back to a local charity. The three key areas we are focussing on are raising awareness, fundraising and volunteering."

The money raised by the Sports Union will be used to help fund Penumbra's wide range of services for young people and adults which offer hope and practical steps towards recovery.