Bench to boost mental health awareness to be unveiled at college

It’s World Kindness Day on 13 November so what better month for Dundee and Angus College to unveil a new Breathing Space bench at its Arbroath campus?

Breathing Space is a free and confidential mental health phone support service available to anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety. The idea behind its benches is to create a welcoming and informal place to encourage people to sit down and have a conversation about what matters to them. This is part of a wider initiative by Breathing Space to enhance spaces where communities are able to connect outdoors and improve their mental wellbeing.

Early last year the College unveiled its first bench at its Gardyne campus in Dundee and is delighted to continue this collaboration.

Barry Carmichael, Learning and Teaching Skills Mentor at D&A College, says,

“I am really pleased to strengthen our ongoing partnership with the acquisition of two more benches at our Kingsway and Arbroath campuses. These benches are a powerful symbol of mental health and wellbeing and provide an excellent reflective space for all members of the D&A family.” 

Lisa-Jane Dock from NHS 24’s Breathing Space service, says, “It’s great to be working with the college to create this kind space for people to relax, connect and focus on their mental wellbeing. Kindness can have such a positive impact on ourselves and on each other. For anyone struggling with their mental health, our advisors are here to help.”


Breathing Space is a free and confidential phone service available to anyone across Scotland. Advisors can listen, offer advice and signpost callers to help in their local area. Call advisors are available 6pm-2am (Monday-Thursday) and 24 hours at weekends (Friday 6pm-Monday 6am) on freephone 0800 83 85 87.