The achievements of Branching Out Argyll have been published in a leaflet to showcase the success of the project and its working partnerships. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) commissioned the case study leaflet to raise awareness of mental health in Argyll and Bute, to help combat stigma and to highlight the results that can be achieved through partnership working. The case study leaflet is a great legacy for the Branching Out Argyll project. We hope the case study will encourage other communities to appreciate the important links between social connections and outdoor activity for helping to tackle long term mental health conditions, particularly in rural areas where social isolation and lack of access to appropriate services can be a real problem. 

Branching Out is a national partnership programme between NHS, FCS and community organisations. ACT's role has been to establish a network of programmes across Argyll. Our strategic approach is unique and has been recognised as an example of best practice. We hope that the published case study will inspire other communities and organisations in Scotland to follow our example. 

The leaflet is a colourful review of three years of Branching Out programmes in Argyll. A digital version of the leaflet can be viewed here: Branching_Out_Argyll_-_case_study_leaflet_2019.pdf

The three year programme will be completed at the end of March 2019. We are doing our best to secure funding to continue the project in to the future, but if you can help to bridge the funding gap and ensure continuation of this invaluable project please donate to our appeal.

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