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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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A sense of purpose can help us to feel less alone – Hilda’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. Hilda wrote this useful piece which discusses the importance of communication, connection and purpose, and also links to several resources on the COPE Scotland website. Her words are below. A […]

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Student mental health – Bryony’s story

This week on the blog we are publishing our last student mental health story for the time being. This series was inspired by the Think Positive Hub, a website designed by NUS and Mind Waves. The online hub brings all of the projects, services, resources and news relating to student mental health together in one place, for students […]

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Student mental health – Ellen’s story

This week we’re continuing our series on student mental health, inspired by the Think Positive Hub, a website designed by NUS and Mind Waves. The online hub brings all of the projects, services, resources and news relating to student mental health together in one place, for students and those who support them, to easily access. Read on for […]

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