Charity calls for more support for mental health sufferers

By Cara Sulieman

MORE THAN half of Scots with mental health problems are excluded and discriminated against, is was revealed today.

With one in four of the country’s population suffering from some kind of mental illness, the organisers behind Scottish Mental Health Week are hoping these statistics can change.

Today, friends and family of sufferers released messages of support into the sky in a bid to raise awareness to the campaign.

The charity ‘see me’ are calling on people to make small changes to their own behaviour and support friends or family who may have mental health problems.

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Charity says 80,000 children in Scotland living with alcoholic parents

By Cara Sulieman

A CHILDREN’S charity is warning that the NHS is not doing enough to tackle drinking among parents, saying that 80,000 children in Scotland are living with alcoholic parents.

The worry is that these kids will follow in their footsteps unless the government takes action.

Children 1st are calling for parents to get more advice on the impact of their boozing on the kids.

Alison Todd, a director of the charity said: “Scotland’s problem with alcohol is impacting on far too many of our children.

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Kiltmaking industry at risk as skills “die off”

Handmade kilts may soon be a thing of the past

By Cara Sulieman

THE FUTURE of Scotland’s national dress is under threat as the number of authentic kiltmakers has dramatically dropped.

Only 10 “proper” kiltmakers remain in the country, with few apprentices training to learn the craft.

Industry experts worry that the art will die out completely, leaving the cheap mass production companies as the only suppliers of the dress.

The crisis comes as kilts and tartan are experiencing a boom in popularity thanks to celebrity backing from the likes of Alan Cumming, P Diddy and Madonna.

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Police appeal after pub brawl

By Cara Sulieman

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a fight broke out in a pub on Saturday night.

Metal and wooden pools were used by the two groups, and a substance similar to pepper spray was released.

Customers from the pub started fighting a group of Lithuanian men in the foyer of the Rowantree Pub on Eskview Road in Dalkeith at around 7.15pm.

Six men were arrested by police just after the incident but Lothian and Borders are asking any witnesses to come forward.

Anyone who saw the fight are asked to contact them on 0131 311 3131 or call the charity Crimestoppers.