We have now got used to wearing poppies in November, watching men grow moustaches and beards in Movember and buying a bright yellow daffodil for Marie Curie. My husband and son are massive Star Wars fans, so we always celebrate on May the Fourth (be with you), but I am sorry to say that they were not so keen on Motörhead Day, when all the heavy metal fans gather on the Eighth of May for a rousing rendition of the Ace of Spades (you have to listen to the song to get it).
For Morton Fraser, May is a particularly special month because it is National Mental Health month. Our chosen Charity of the year is SAMH (otherwise the Scottish Association for Mental Health), and we are currently doing our best to raise funds for this extremely worthwhile charity by competing in various events, including a 24 hour gym marathon and the gruelling Gung ho, an incredibly difficult 5K obstacle course.
Last week we were very pleased to welcome a speaker from SAMH, who told us about what they do to help the many people affected by the various types of mental illness that there are and how many more of us will be affected in some way during our lives. They are working hard to get rid of the stigma attached to mental illness. They told us about various strategies that we can all use to help us prevent stress in the workplace.
SAMH has a lot of useful information about the various sources of help available as well as a host of other practical tips on their website, www.samh.org.uk.
We at Morton Fraser have a lot of experience in helping people who do develop a mental health issue put arrangements in place to help them during their illness, such as powers of attorney or guardianships. We can also help families of children with medical conditions which affect their ability to make important decisions put arrangements in place to make sure they are looked after in the future. Please contact us if we can help in some way.