Referrals to mental health scheme rises

A mental health scheme for young people in the Scottish Borders
offering a range of unorthodox complementary therapies has seen its
referrals rise dramatically since its launch, writes
Simeon Brody from Edinburgh

The Positive Choices programme at Penumbra youth project offers
Reiki, detox and massage therapy, as well as lifestyle workshops,
de-cluttering and “emotional freedom therapy”.

The therapy involves tapping acupuncture points on the body
while focusing on the negative thoughts the person wants to
overcome, Community Care Live heard. The scheme opened
with 12 referrals in February, rising to 54 in July, the majority
of whom had self referred after hearing about the project from
other users.

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