Taking place in Glasgow on Saturday, December 1, the SSE Scottish Music Awards will once again bring the best of Scotland’s world-renowned music industry together for one epic night of festivities. The final nominees for this year’s 20th ceremony are Irish trio The Script (nominated for Best International Artist sponsored by Specsavers), Gary Clark (nominated for the Music Business Award sponsored by the Sir Reo Stakis Foundation) and indie rock band from Selkirk, Frightened Rabbit. Previous winners of the Best Live Band Award, Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit are nominated for this year’s Song Writing Award sponsored by King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. Speaking about the award nomination, Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts said: “King Tut’s is recognised as a launch pad for many artists and as far as Scotland goes, it’s a venue that most bands start off in and Frightened Rabbit was one of them back in 2006 when they first played the venue. Frightened … [Read more...] about Frightened Rabbit nominated for major song writing award
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Drawing on his own experience of personal trauma, Kilkenny-based Dubliner Derek Devoy (above) founded TaxiWatch, which helps people in crisis and distress. The 42-year-old father-of-two took the initiative after he rescued three people from taking their own lives in Kilkenny in November 2014. Since then, more than 200 people in the city alone have been helped through TaxiWatch. It is estimated that around 400 people die here by suicide each year - equivalent to the number killed on our roads. TaxiWatch, which receives hundreds of messages each week from people in crisis, aims to help reduce that statistic through its 1,127-strong network of members here and in the North. Derek also has plans to increase membership and expand the service in the UK. The organisation has also been invited to establish a base in New York. Through TaxiWatch, drivers receive special training. The safeTALK awareness course, for example, is aimed at helping them to recognise people who may be in distress, to … [Read more...] about Helping to drive the battle against depression, suicide
MELANIE Hughes was a former Miss Wales and TV actress died suddenly last year aged 39. It has now been revealed she died after drinking a bottle of vodka a day during a battle with post-natal depression. Here's all you need to know... Who was Melanie Hughes? Melanie Hughes, 39, was from Ewloe, Flintshire, and is best known for winning the Miss Wales title in 1997. Following her success, she then competed at the Miss United Kingdom contest where she came fourth before entering the Miss International competition in Tokyo. Melanie then began a career as an actress and had a walk-on part in Coronation Street and she also appeared in comedy series Cold Feet. She married her long-term partner Richard in 2011 and the couple had a four-year-old child called Kaden. What was the Coronation Street star's cause of death? Melanie was found collapsed on the bed at her home by her husband on October 8, 2017, and taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital where she later died. On July 25, 2018, an … [Read more...] about Who was Melanie Hughes, what was the Coronation Street star’s cause of death and what is postnatal depression?
It was when Mark Williams saw the surgical instruments on the operating table, and the look of panic on his wife's face, that the terror took hold. "When I heard the word 'emergency', I feared the worst. The doctors sounded anxious, which made me feel anxious. I thought Michelle and my unborn child were both going to die." The operation was an emergency caesarean section, a procedure performed in hospitals up and down the country every week, but the couple, from the valleys of Bridgend, who had been happily married for a year and a half and were looking forward to becoming parents, were totally unprepared for the knock-on effect it would have on them. Thankfully, Mark's fears were not realised, and the couple were handed their beautiful baby boy. But, almost immediately, Michelle found depression clawing away at any feelings of happiness. The malaise was unrelenting. At her lowest point, she considered taking her own life and had to be taken to a crisis centre. It was to be … [Read more...] about Male postnatal depression: are we doing enough to help dads?
Winter can be difficult for people who struggle with seasonal affective disorder (Sad), but getting more exposure to light can be an effective way to beat the winter blues, a Dunedin health provider says. With cold weather and overcast days taking their toll in Dunedin, WellSouth brief intervention team leader Di Noone said light therapy was one of the best ways of combating the condition. Symptoms of Sad could include feelings of depression, lethargy, increased appetite, and increased desire to sleep. ''For 5% of people it's severe enough to interfere with their work and relationships,'' she said. When Ms Noone worked at Student Health Services at the University of Otago, she noticed students who came from Auckland seemed more susceptible to developing Sad during the long winter months in Dunedin. Ms Noone said no-one really understood what caused the condition but there was evidence lack of light was a major factor, and that light therapy could boost the mood of people who suffered … [Read more...] about Light therapy can help battle seasonal depression