Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

See Me relaunch

The See Me programme was re-launched at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow yesterday, urging people to take action against mental health stigma and discrimination in all walks of life including at work, education and healthcare. Lanarkshire Recovery Network proudly supports the See Me vision and Lanarkshire was well represented at the launch which included performances from SoundSational, Theatre Nemo and the Lanarkshire African Association for Mental Health. 

Judith Robertson, See Me programme director, said: "We are launching a campaign which signals the end of a culture in Scotland that actively discriminates against people with mental health problems, stigmatising them and their families".

View the new See Me video:

"The See Me Movement for Change is for all of us who are passionate about ending mental health stigma and discrimination.  It's led by those with lived experience of discrimination and those who care about injustice and equal rights in society.  The movement brings together people from all over Scotland and beyond.  Together we will change discrimination at its roots.  Out united and powerful voice will change negative behaviour towards those with mental health problems.  We simply want understanding and equality so that people who experience poor mental health have the same opportunities as others to lead a fulfilled life."

Visit www.seemescotland.org and find out how you can take action against mental health discrimination.


Your Virtual Garden: A pathway from virtual to real connections.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: |

'Your Virtual Garden' is an innovative partnership project from NHS Lanarkshire, the University of the West of Scotland, The Church of Scotland and Alzheimer Scotland. The idea was presented in a 'Dragon's Den' Competition in June of this year at the Alzheimer Scotland annual conference and the team won £15,000 to make the idea a reality.

The aim is to use tablet technology to connect the person with dementia at home to the Flourishing Friends Garden Project and start the journey from a virtual garden to the real life garden site. This is one way to help people living with a diagnosis of dementia engage in community activities and help them stay connected. The person with dementia will be supported by family carers and project team members to engage virtually in real time with the garden team. They will begin a pathway from the virtual garden to visiting and connecting with the garden and the people who are working there.

This project is intended to provide a pathway and connection between the person with dementia who is at home and the Flourishing Friends community garden project in Rutherglen. The aim is to encourage the person to stay connected with the community using technology in the form of tablets to provide the person at home with a virtual link to the garden project.  This will allow the person to be involved in the planning and on-going planting and growing activities in the garden using both images of the garden and real time engagement. 

The use of gardens as an intervention is not a new one and there is research to suggest some of the positive benefits this approach may bring. This may include improved sleep, thinking and physical health and wellbeing. It can reduce falls, agitation and reduce the amount of medication the person may need.  Most of the vitamin D needed by the body comes from sunlight and the link has been demonstrated between reduced cognitive function, risk of falls and low levels of vitamin D. The increased mobility and movement that the garden requires can improve cardiovascular health, maintain muscle strength and improve appetite and sleep. Incorporating the person's specific interests will help them use well-practised skills and increase their confidence and the natural environment provides powerful experiences for the person with dementia. An environment that allows the person to be in the natural world creates valuable connections and can result in an increased interaction with caregivers.

The benefits of the garden as an intervention can't be denied, however, this project breaks new ground (in more ways than one) in using the tablet technology to provide a pathway from home to the garden. Technology, including tablets, has been used by a number of projects to engage the person with dementia but these have been used to provide activity or to connect with the person's family and friends. This project is the first to use these as a pathway to becoming connected with the community.

The team is currently working with people who have dementia, student nurses, community volunteer groups and mental health staff to clear the garden and design the layout. All aspects of the garden design, planning, planting and growing will use the skills of people who have dementia, either at the garden site or in their own home using the tablet technology.

A short film that explains the project is available on:




If you'd like to find out more about the project contact:

Fergus Maitland, Community Mental Health Team for Older People Rutherglen/ Cambuslang


Tracey Condie, Advanced Nurse Practitioner Mental Health


Margaret Brown, University of the West of Scotland



Well-informed will host a workshop - Neighbourhood Networks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Neighbourhood Networks


Reeltime Music and The Soundminds Steering Group

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , , |

Reeltime Music and the Soundminds Steering Group is proud to present this year's Soundminds event as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.  As this year's festival theme is Power, the group went on a journey to discover who holds the power to affect change towards the stigma attached to mental health; speaking to young people, musicians, members of the general public as well as a range of people who have been affected by mental health issues.

View the video on Youtube: http://youtu.be/5l70RRevtlo?list=UUm-wINdqURBiaiY166pFBWw

Thanks to SMHAFF, the Lanarkshire team, See Me Scotland, Motherwell Shopping Centre and everyone else who have helped us for giving us the chance to bring together lots of different groups from a whole range of backgrounds, for more about our event and to see pictures from the day you can find them at www.facebook.com/soundmindsofficial


Mindful Living - 20 October 2014

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Mindful Living - 20 October 2014

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Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Launch

Thursday, October 16, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival Launch Picture

Lanarkshire organisers and partners launch the eighth Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival in the Alona Hotel in Strathclyde Country Park.

The eighth Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival was recently launched with Power as its main theme.

It was chosen by the organisers as there is a general acceptance that art has the power to create change.

Be it song, theatre, film or the written word, art can inspire individuals to be all they can be as well as encapsulate social movement and change.

With one of the festival's main drivers being to tackle the stigma associated with mental ill health and to promote recovery, this year's theme is an ideal message to build the event around.

Susan McMorrin, senior health promotion officer for NHS Lanarkshire, is coordinating the festival in Lanarkshire.

She said: "Despite the fact that most people will have some personal experience of mental ill health, there is still a great deal of stigma, discrimination and inequality experienced by people both young and old who have had or have mental health care needs."

"Those with a mental health issue can often feel disempowered as a result of it and participating in the arts can bring a sense of empowerment."

"We want to remind people that being, involved, creative, connected and learning new things are very important to our mental health and therefore the festival is for all of us."

The festival also aims to promote positive attitudes towards mental health and mental illness and remind people to value and look after theirs and others mental health.

Isobel McCarthy, South Lanarkshire's Choose Life mental health and wellbeing development officer, added: "The festival is a fantastic opportunity for people to showcase their talents and demonstrate how the experiences of participating in arts and cultural activities can have beneficial effects on their sense of wellbeing."

"South Lanarkshire has been committed to supporting this development over many years and this year's festival has an outstanding line up of events engaging with people from all age groups and backgrounds."

The range of events in Lanarkshire includes challenging film and theatre, uplifting music, hard-hitting dance, thought-provoking photography and reflective poetry.

Bobby Miller, manager for younger adults for North Lanarkshire Council said: "The festival continues to be a major opportunity to deliver positive messages regarding issues of mental health and this year's theme of 'power' is one that we can all relate to both in our personal and professional lives. "

The eighth Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival runs from 1 to 19 October. For a full list of the events taking place in Lanarkshire and across Scotland, visit: http://www.mhfestival.com/


Lanarkshire 'see me' Campaign Song

Thursday, October 16, 2014 By: Gerald | Tagged: , |

see me video

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Community based programme featuring local 'see me' signatories and supporting organisations within the North Locality of NHS Lanarkshire. The See Me programme aims to dispel the stigma and discrimination associated with mental ill-health.  One in four people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives and this is often made much worse because of the stigma and discrimination these individuals face. 

Visit www.seemescotland.org for more information on the programme. The song was written and produced by local band Falconhoof and the wording of the song highlight's some of the difficulties that those with mental health problems can experience but it also gives an uplifting reminder to us all that despite these difficulties, it is still possible to live a fantastic and prosperous life. The song has been given national recognition and the band performed it as part of the re-founding of the national 'see me' campaign launch within Scottish Parliament in January 2014. Falconhoof have also recently won the NLC Battle of the Bands award.


Soundminds SMHAFF Event

Monday, October 06, 2014 By: Fiona | Not tagged |

Soundminds, as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival is proud to present the event flyer and details for our 2014 event

We will have live music throughout the day, instrument tasters for people of all ages to take part in an interactive music workshop and a chance for people to give us their opinions on mental health

Please click here for event details... 


MyRAP Facilitation Groups

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: , , , |


MYRAP groups


Tools for Living November-December 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 By: Iain | Tagged: , , |

Tools for Living November-December 2014


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