Training on working with LGBTQ families from Outside the Box

We’re really interested to see that our friends at Outside the Box are running training to help organisations understand more about working with LGBTQ families. This training will aim to support organisations to become more inclusive and supportive of LGBTQ families, by learning more about the specific challenges LGBTQ families face and what steps they […]

Our new anti-stigma animation project

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been awarded funding by SeeMe Scotland’s anti-stigma arts fund to produce animations that explore the stigma of living with severe and enduring mental illness. Our Community Correspondents will work with artists to co-produce three animations based on their experiences, opinions and aspirations around stigma. We are all pleased […]

Wee things tae keep yer mind healthy

A Scottish take on mental wellbeing

At one of our video workshops recently, a participant created a video that took a brilliantly Scottish and funny approach to mental wellbeing. Susan Morrison, of ACVO, used her Aberdonian language to poke fun at the mental health advice that we all see on social media. Susan said: “I just felt that there is so […]

A Year in Lockdown

One of our Community Correspondents, Angela McCrimmon, has written a great poem reflecting on a year in lockdown.   Lockdown…One Year On   The 23rd of March in 2020, Memories we certainly have are aplenty, The year we still can’t believe we’ve seen, The arrival of deadly Covid-19.   Home-schooling entered the family home, Parents […]

Podcasting

Like a lot of people, we’re finding that podcasts are getting us through lockdown. Whether it’s to help us get to sleep, keep us entertained on the daily walk or just to help us feel more connected with the outside world – we love them.   We also love making them. We have a Mind […]

Hands reaching for an idea

Storytelling workshops

Telling stories is at the heart of what Mind Waves does, so we were excited to be asked by Outside the Box and Healthcare Improvement Scotland’s iHub to run a series of storytelling webinars for community groups. We looked at using different tools to tell stories including: – animation – zine making ( little folded […]

"Feeling Lost" A song about Lockdown, surrounded in a black border

“Feeling Lost” by Virtually Here

New College Lanarkshire students created this amazing original song about their feelings in lockdown. Hope you enjoy their hard work in producing this video and that it brings a smile to your face, as it has to ours.  

“I was determined I was going to start speaking up.” Angela adds her voice to Scotland’s manifesto for better mental health

Our Community Correspondent Angela McCrimmon added her voice to the launch of Scotland’s Mental Health Partnership’s manifesto launch this week. Angela was featured on BBC news, sharing how important finding her voice has been in understanding and managing her own mental health. She was supporting the launch of the “Promote, Prevent, Provide” manifesto, which calls […]

Grin and bear it- a film about how soft toys can support our mental health

Throughout lockdown, we’ve spoken to lots of people, including some of our Community Correspondents, about the value that a soft toy can have in supporting our wellbeing. They can be someone to talk to, something to do with your hands, or a reminder of happier shared times. We were delighted when film-maker Max Hudson got […]