Archive | Mental wellbeing

Making Footprints

Getting our thoughts down on paper, expressing our feelings – all good things for our mental health.  Sharing our stories with others is a big step.  Going into print another step again. Burleigh Street Writers in Govan have just published their new anthology ‘Footprints’, a fine collection full of warmth, humour and emotion.  The launch […]

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Scotland’s Film Festival, with a twist

The Scottish Mental Health, Arts and Film Festival is in full swing.  Now in its 6th year, it is a diverse event encompassing music, film, visual art, dance, literature and theatre!  There are an enormous range of different groups and people involved hoping to challenge preconceived ideas about mental health through the different events.  You […]

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Getting your Head around Brain Injury

In 2005 a group of people in West Dunbartonshire living with acquired brain injury set up a local group to help support one another. Over the past seven years the Brain Injury Experience Network (BIEN) has grown in number and scope – they are still there to help one another but they also want people […]

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A Personal Story on Recovery

The Scottish Recovery Network has just produced more materials to promote the message of recovery for people who have mental health problems.  They have also published some interesting pieces on the use of compulsory treatment. This is my personal experience of recovery – of living with serious mental health problems.  I am describing it here […]

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Things To Come

Theatre Nemo has just published an impressive collection of comic book art from inmates of Barlinnie Prison dealing directly with their mental health and addiction experiences. ‘O’er The Wall’ is available free direct from Theatre Nemo. The messages are honestly told and resonate like the best of underground comics. Keep checking the blog for a […]

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You’d be surprised at the things we don’t know about brain injuries

Professor Tom McMillan, part of the team that trains psychologists at the University of Glasgow, has some surprises to reveal if you ask him about acquired brain injury (ABI). Mind Waves attended an ABI Seminar at Ceartas Advocacy’s headquarters in Kirkintilloch last week where Professor McMillan was presenting, and although there is some fantastic work […]

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Disability Alliance Praised in Scottish Parliament

Community Reporter, Kevin Gallagher followed-up the Long Term Conditions Alliance (now Alliance) conference with a visit to Hollyrood for a reception titled ‘My Skills, My Strengths, My Right to Work’. One of the highest profile issues of the moment for people with lived experience of mental health conditions is self-management or self-directed support.It’s a subject […]

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