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Miles Briggs MSP, Miriam Lang and Jamie Cook from William Hill, and Gerard McMahon of Prostate Cancer UK, celebrate the success of the awareness campaign, which also raised �25,000

Prostate Cancer UK campaign saw bookies as best bet – Donald Morrison

Prostate cancer was a taboo subject for many years but men are increasingly opening up about the ­disease. ­Comedian and actor Stephen Fry and journalist Bill Turnbull are among the many high profile figures to talk about their own battle with the ­disease. In doing so, they’ve helped raise awareness about a disease that still claims around 1,000 lives in ­Scotland every year.

Over 140,000 people visited the Macrobert Arts Centre last year, helping us to  support a new generation of artists to disrupt the narratives we've come to expect to hear

Kathryn Welch: It’s good to talk, so let’s listen to those who are less likely to be heard

Let’s talk about language, and about the way that language reflects and shapes our experience of the world. Whilst it’s easy to assume that we’re each exposed to a cross-section of perspectives, the realities of media access, online news curation, and the concentration of white, middle-and-upper class voices in positions of power means that our views of the world are disproportionately influenced by a small minority.

Mark O'Donnell, Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded chief executive.

Mark O’Donnell: Forces veterans have made an invaluable contribution – we must support them

In recent years there has been an increasing awareness of the need to ensure our country’s veterans receive the right support to move into civilian life after they have completed their career in the forces. The UK government has published a UK-wide Strategy for our Veterans, and the Scottish Government has also recently set out in Holyrood how it is taking forward a range of initiatives for veterans in Scotland. The need to support our veterans is vital if we are to fulfil as a nation the aims of the Armed Forces Covenant, which is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

David Thomson, CEO, Food and Drink Federation Scotland

Here’s to another 20 years of food industry growth

This year is our 20th birthday at Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Scotland. While we are very young in comparison to the UK-based FDF (106 years old and thriving), we have had many successes over the past 20 years to celebrate. There have also been challenges. With the uncertainty and worry that Brexit is causing, it is a good time to think about those we have already faced and survived.

A single gateway to solve problems, as well as improve policy and practice, would help consumers and may prevent matters going wrong initially

David Buchanan-Cook: The aspiration is a single complaints portal for all consumers

The SLCC is often described as the single gateway for all legal complaints in Scotland – that’s how we are defined in our statute, and pretty much it does what it says on the tin. All complaints about legal service providers in Scotland – solicitors, advocates or members of the Association of Commercial Attorneys – come to us at first instance. To that extent, we are a complaints handling body.

Warmer seawater threatens the survival of salmon

Climate change could wreak havoc on Scottish species – Craig Macadam

From schoolchildren to businesses and anyone in-between, politicians are being told loud and clear that we need to urgently tackle climate change. Our natural world is already in decline, with global warming being considered as the greatest cause of species extinctions this century. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said that a 1.5°C average temperature rise may put 20-30 per cent of species at risk of extinction. If the planet warms by more than 2°C, most ecosystems will struggle.

Lynn Bell, CEO of Love Learning Scotland, member of the Scottish Children's Services Coalition

We need a network of support to get mental health right for every child – Lynn Bell

As we mark Children’s Mental Health Week (4-10 February), the issue of mental health has never been more prominent. There are a multitude of reasons for this, including increasing recognition of an escalation in mental health problems, linked to the pressures of modern-day living and the impact of social media. In addition, as a society we also have an increased acceptance that poor mental health can affect anyone at any time. Supporting an increasing number of people identified with mental health problems is acknowledged as one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.

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