Archive | January, 2016

It doesn’t matter how good or bad you are at art. It can still make you happier.

A post from our Community Correspondent Fuad Alakbarov   @DrAlakbarov There are a lot of misconceptions floating around about art. Some think you have to be creating paintings or sculptures to be considered a real artist, while others believe that you are either born with talent — or not. Many are afraid that since they aren’t very […]

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What happens when you’re terrified of eating in public and the guy you like asks you out for lunch?

A post from our Community Correspondent Paula McGuire @pmusttryharder What happens when you’re terrified of eating in public and the guy you like asks you out for lunch? This is the story of a socially anxious girl, an oblivious boy, and a pocketful of toast. As relationships go, mine with food has historically been toxic. Not cyanide […]

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Simple video and audio for the web

  We’re running a series of workshops designed to empower people to talk about mental health and wellbeing online. This week, we looked at creating simple video and audio clips. Thanks very much to everyone who came along.  There’s still time to sign up for our next free workshops: Feb 17- Blogging about wellbeing March […]

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What happens when you start a choir in a forensic psychiatric unit?

  When you picture a choir, the first image that comes to mind isn’t of patients in a forensic psychiatric unit harmonising alongside the staff. But that’s exactly what Dr James Robertson tried out in a medium secure forensic unit. We caught up with him to learn more about what happened. How long have you […]

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Our volunteers feed the bodies and minds of over 2000 older people

Guest post from @FoodTrainScot Chief Executive Michelle McCrindle Almost 100 years ago the famous Italian fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli said: “Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.” I think she got how we […]

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Forget #bluemonday – the most depressing day of the year is the day you have depression

A re-post from our Project Manager Rosie McIntosh @rosiehopes It’s become  tradition to fear “Blue Monday”, the third Monday of January, which apparently is the most depressing day of the year. It makes sense.  Over Christmas we’ve spent all our money, gained weight, drunk too much and the weather’s rubbish. Sounds like a recipe for depression. […]

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When willpower is not enough. A great podcast on making little changes

It’s that time of year again. There’s something particularly cruel about the weird combination of the pressure to become a new, better person and the complete lack of motivation that comes with two straight weeks of eating cheese and watching terrible movies. There’s lot of advice on mental wellbeing doing the rounds just now. Lists […]

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