Councillor Ricky Henderson supports Black Dog mental health campaign

Health and Social Care Convener Councillor Ricky Henderson was invited to join mental health charity SANE and Ryden Property Consultants for the Scottish launch of the charity's Black Dog campaign.

SANE’s Black Dog campaign is a pioneering programme to raise awareness of the impact of depression and other mental health conditions, to combat the stigma surrounding mental ill-health and to encourage people to seek help.

Depression is now the second leading cause of disability worldwide, and there is a rise in other mental disorders. One in six people have a mental illness severe enough to need help, and figures show a recent increase in suicide.

Scotland’s first Black Dog is named Angus. His coat was designed by Maggie Keppie, the winner of an art competition co-ordinated by Edinburgh Art Therapy Centre, a charity harnessing the power of art. Angus will be on display at a number of landmark destinations in Edinburgh, including in Princes Street, Castle Street and the Mercat Cross on the High Street.

Councillor Ricky Henderson at the Black Dog campaign launch November 2013

PICTURED (left to right): Paul Flitcroft, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at SANE; Cllr Ricky Henderson; David Fraser, Partner at Ryden

Cllr Henderson said: "Having confessed my ignorance to the origins it was explained to me that Winston Churchill suffered from depression and referred to it as his "Black Dog", hence the campaign which has been supported by many celebs including Stephen Fry and Joanna Lumley.

"There are currently 10 other Black Dogs in England but Angus [left] is the first to visit Scotland. It was a pleasure to meet Marjorie Wallace CBE, SANE’s Founder and Chief Executive and David Fraser partner at Ryden and his colleagues who have done a fantastic job of fundraising to make Angus's arrival a reality. I wish the Black Dog campaign every success."

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