Artists and poets from all over Scotland have joined together to create a new book which tackles mental health stigma and discrimination.
The book, Voyages of Discovery, was compiled by Borders group New Horizons, after they were given funding from ‘see me’, the national programme for ending stigma and discrimination against people who have mental health problems.
The charity was awarded funding from ‘see me’ to compile a collection of stories, artwork and poetry demonstrating positive recovery experiences that challenge stigma.
New Horizons received £3,920 as part of the ‘see me’ Local Funds, which funds groups with ideas to challenge stigma, to produce the 32 page book which shows what people with mental health problems are really like. The book includes poems and stories from Edinburgh poet Jo McFarlane and Falkirk actor and poet Glen Merrilees which promote mental health wellbeing.
New Horizons Borders is a members led charity, delivering peer support for people experiencing challenges with their emotional wellbeing, within Borders communities.
SNP MSP Christine Grahame hosted the launch of the book at Scottish Parliament.
New Horizons Borders member Davey Miller said: “I’ve been in receipt of mental health support for 34 years. By coming to New Horizons Borders and by sticking with it, and challenging stigma, I have found myself growing like I never have grown before. Voyages of Discovery will hopefully give someone that picks it up the comfort that it has given me.”
Christine Grahame added: “I find that success comes when people are helped by others to regain self-esteem and self-confidence which many of us can lose so easily. I congratulate this initiative.”
This year ‘see me’ has a total of £160,000 available to groups across Scotland with innovative ideas and action to end discrimination.
Judith Robertson, ‘see me’ programme director, said: “We are delighted to have worked with New Horizons Borders to create this publication which demonstrates recovery and challenges discriminatory views.”