Meet our Community Correspondents: Edward Davies

Where are you from? I’m based in Glasgow, but from Aberdeen Why do you care about mental health and wellbeing?  Mental wellbeing is an issue close to me which I have witnessed and experienced first hand. It is something that has been misunderstood and looked down on for too long. What can we expect from […]

Community Correspondent John Dane

Meet our Community Correspondents: John Dane

  Where are you from? Nitshill in Glasgow. Why are you interested in wellbeing? I have depression, but I’m feeling so much better now than I was, because I’ve made connections with other people who have been through the same. That’s what I want to do for other people- I want to tell my stories […]

Top tips for taking great photos on your smartphone

We’re running a photo competition,  looking for the best image that sums up “resilience”. Photographer @kierandhamilton ran a workshop for us to help you take great pictures with the equipment you carry in your pocket. Don’t worry if you couldn’t make it along. Here’s the slides from the workshop with some great top tips. Don’t forget […]

Equality in Mental Health: new report from NHSGGC

No matter what your background or situation, mental health is a vital part of overall health and wellbeing. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have produced their third annual report on equality in mental health  . The report includes some great case studies, both at individual and service level, from across the different equality strands. Alex MacKenzie, the […]

Gardening is good for your mind: video from Rosebank Garden

Our Community Correspondents at Rosebank Garden share why they believe gardening improves mental wellbeing. When you visit Rosebank Garden, it’s hard to believe that the people there haven’t known each other all their lives. Everyone supports each other, whether it’s to deal with mental health challenges or the best way to deadhead a rose. We […]

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Puf puf donuts: food that makes you feel good

Sometimes, the food that makes you feel best isn’t necessarily the “healthiest”. There’s nothing quite like tucking into something that reminds you of a happy time in your life or transports you to a far off land. At the Empire Cafe poetry cafe on Friday, as well as the brilliant spoken word, there was some […]

Resilience is not “looking on the bright side”; it’s telling our demons to take a hike

Our Community Correspondent Edward Davies explains what resilience means to him They say resistance is useless. But there is a stark difference between resistance and the strong resilience within us. That shield, that potion of resilience which can drag us out of the deepest darkest hole, is the most difficult one to concoct. I believe […]

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What does resilience mean in your language?

If there’s one thing that requires resilience, it’s moving to a new country. Whether you move for positive reasons, or you’re forced to leave behind difficult circumstances, it can be lonely, daunting and exhausting. Our session this week with recent migrants at Radiant and Brighter  was like a masterclass in resilience. It was amazing to see everyone […]

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Our photo contest: what does resilience look like?

Our resilience photo competition is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. We will be shortlisting soon and will be in touch with everyone who entered in the next couple of weeks. Resilience is back in fashion. Mental health services and policy makers talk about “building resilience”, but what does it really mean?  The Glasgow Centre […]

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Reading for wellbeing: Glasgow Women’s Library’s Commonwealth programme

As part of our work with #citizen14, we visited the Glasgow Women’s Library and spoke to Sue John about all the exciting things that are happening there during the Games. It was great to hear about their Commonwealth woman writers’ talks and their Read, Relax, Recharge programme on writing for wellbeing. We’re definitely going to […]