The launch of the ninth Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film
Festival in Lanarkshire took place on Wednesday
23rd September at The Alona Hotel, Strathclyde Park.
More than 180 people attended the event that showcased some of
the fabulous musical and creative talent taking part in this
year's Festival running from 10th- 31st
October, across Lanarkshire.
'Striking Off the Chains' is a six-piece rock band led by peer
support worker Mark Docherty (52) who works alongside his fellow
bandmates at SAMH's Experience Counts service in North Lanarkshire.
They opened the launch performing 3 songs written by the band
The audience were also treated to performances by The Happy
Thursdays, a newly formed community choir, Stuart Doig a local
comedian working with 'Fool On', Martin Stepek showcasing his
forthcoming readings, talks and film around Mindfulness and
comedian Gillian Grant.
For details of forthcoming events go to
the PDF brochure
Lanarkshire festival partners include: NHS Lanarkshire, North
Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Lanarkshire
Recovery network, LAMH, Well Informed.
Launch of Walk a Mile in My shoes
Lanarkshire was delighted to launch 'Walk A Mile in my shoes' on
Wednesday 23rd September at Strathclyde
Chris Young the founder of 'Walk A Mile in my shoes' opened the
launch giving a personal account of hiswalk around the UK to
tackle mental health stigma, one conversation at a time.
Walk a Mile brings together professionals, carers and
people with lived experience, people who may normally stigmatise
each other, to walk together, to get to know each other and walk a
mile in each other's shoes. Everyone is on a level playing field,
it's about breaking down stigma and seeing how fabulous people
Following the walk the fabulous 'Soundsational Choir performed
for the walkers.
Lanarkshire will be rolling out 'Walk A Mile in my
Shoes' to other areas including workplaces, hospitals and other