It started with… A visual story from Carol

On Wednesday 3rd August, Mind Waves ran the final workshop from our four week creative non-fiction series, funded by GVCS Wellbeing Fund. We met face to face, over snacks and cups of tea, and tried some writing prompts. The afternoon was full of interesting chat about mental health, creative non-fiction and using personal writing to […]

A Chance for Change – New animation for the Scottish Recovery Network

We are happy to announce that, ‘A Chance for Change’, the newest animation we made for the Scottish Recovery Network, is available to watch now. The animation provides an overview of what you said you wanted from the new Scottish Government Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy. Watch the animation below For more information on the […]

Resource: using our animations to run a discussion about mental health stigma

We’ve recently produced three animations about the stigma of living with serious long-term mental illness. People have told us that the animations have made them think, so we’ve produced an easy slideshow that you can use to get a group of people talking about stigma. There are lots of discussion points based around the three […]

Creative Writing and Mental Health

Mind Waves are currently running a series of weekly creative writing workshops on creative non-fiction and life writing. I thought that this week it would be interesting to take a look at the positive effects that creative writing – or any kind of creativity can have on mental health.  Ernest Hemingway said “Write hard and […]

New podcast episode on creativity and mental health

There’s a new episode of the Mind Waves podcast hosted and edited by our audio whiz Rosie, focusing on creativity and mental health. Rosie chats to Simon, Vanessa and Chris, and the podcast is rounded out with a reading of Derek’s wonderful poem ‘In my madness’. In the three conversations, Rosie and the guests cover […]

Creative Writing and Wellbeing – a free 4 week course from Mind Waves

We are delighted to announce our four week Creative Writing and Wellbeing course, fully funded through GVCS Wellbeing.  It’s inspiring, interactive and absolutely FREE to take part! Join us to discover the benefits of creative writing for mental health and get started with crafting some non-fiction of your very own. The first three sessions will […]

‘For some of us, it’s literally one day at a time’ – Mind Waves launches the second of three animations exploring the stigma of severe and enduring mental illness

The second animation that was created with our funding from See Me Scotland is available to watch on YouTube now. Click here to watch the animation. We were awarded this funding by See Me Scotland’s anti-stigma arts fund back in April of 2021 and you can click here to read the blog post announcing this […]

Final thoughts on loneliness – sharing the responses from followers!

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing our community correspondents’ thoughts on the #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek theme of loneliness, and also talking about some of the resources available on the Mental Health Foundation’s website. To read their loneliness and mental health report, click here. For our last post on loneliness, I thought I would share some of […]

Laura’s thoughts on loneliness

With this years Mental Health Awareness Week theme being loneliness, I reached out to our volunteer community correspondents and asked them to share their thoughts. Read on for Laura’s blog post where she discusses loneliness, connection, and being at peace with yourself. I have always had a lot of thoughts on loneliness. I can finally say, […]