“In our darkest moments we often forget how strong we are” – some inspiring words about change, strength and personal growth.

We are delighted to share this inspiring piece of writing called ‘Time for Change’ by our new Community Correspondent Vickie Van Middel. I have heard that the moment a person experiences true humility, real pit of the stomach humility, is that moment when their burdens become so heavy that they finally drop to their knees […]

‘Together We Flourish’ – Recovery Walk Scotland 2018 made a powerful impact in Glasgow

The mental health and addiction recovery communities made a huge impact in Glasgow on Saturday 15th September as part of Recovery Walk Scotland. Over 3000 participants – including individuals in recovery, their friends, families and supporters – gathered in Glasgow Green on Saturday morning, beginning the day an emotional ‘Roses in the River’ ceremony, remembering […]

‘Well rehearsed chapters of change’ – Maureen reflects on seasons and time

A post from our Community Correspondent Maureen Gilmour, accompanied by her season themed zine. I sit alone and watch the sunbeams dance slowly across the walls, followed by the shadows of twilight and then the darkness of night; that quiet blanket of stillness that descends. Sunrise approaches and so begins another day. Each day, 24 […]

Workshops happening in Glasgow and Edinburgh – would you like to help develop innovative new resources aimed at supporting young people who self harm?

As part of a new ESF-funded research project hosted by the Department of Computer and information Sciences at the University of Strathclyde and the charity Health in Mind, this is a call for participation in innovation workshops in mid-September on the theme of: “Addressing self-harm via digital innovation” The project are keen to have the […]

Even though the same things happen each year, they seem to arrive out of the blue like an unexpected guest – why the meaning of autumn is in the small details

Our project assistant Marie reflects on how getting things in perspective might be as simple as taking a look around. Around this time every year I am, without exception, caught unaware by seasonal changes. Just as I was leaving the house yesterday I was struck by how chilly it was and had to go back […]

Loki – Scottish rapper, author and social commentator to give opening address at Recovery Walk Scotland 2018!

A guest post from Scottish Recover Network with some big news about Recovery Walk Scotland 2018. For the first time in Scotland, the addiction recovery movement and the mental health recovery movement will hold a joint Recovery Walk and Festival on Saturday the 15th September 2018 in Glasgow. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey – rapper, social commentator […]

Adventures in zine making

This week we held our first ever zine making workshop. Illustrator and zine maker Sarah Cochrane came along to teach us what zines are (mini magazines), how to make them and how we can use them to share our ideas about mental health and wellbeing. It was a fantastic afternoon with a really relaxed atmosphere […]

A real feast for the eyes – let this nature poetry transport you to a tranquil summer’s day in breathtaking surroundings

Our talented Community Correspondent Glen uses poetry to reflect on finding joy in Scotland’s dramatic scenery and captivating wildlife during summer. Summers Day As I lay upon that stoney bank And gaped at the munros A shiver passed right through me From my head down to my toes. I questioned where it came from What […]