Thoughts on… change, mental health and self-care

This week on the blog we’re hearing from me! (Maddy) I’ve been working at Mind Waves since May 2021, and during that time, a lot of things have changed for me. Over the past year and a bit, I’ve graduated, started and finished a masters, facilitated my first series of creative writing workshops here at […]

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 […]

Remembering Lorna Cosh, by Laura

This week on the blog, we have a heartfelt piece from our Community Correspondent, Laura. She has written a few words in memory of Lorna Cosh, a fellow Mind Waves Community Correspondent who recently passed away. Being a Mind Waves Community Correspondent is more than writing blogs. It’s meeting around a table, sharing insight, with […]

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 […]

Plants are the new pets! – A post from Laura

This week on the blog, we have some words from Laura, one of our volunteer community correspondents. Laura is our resident expert on mindfulness and enjoying the small things in life. She talks about the importance of creating a positive environment for yourself, incorporating nature into your everyday mindfulness, and looking back into the past. […]

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 […]