SEE ME READ ME
My first visit to the Scottish Parliament last night was memorable. The first person I met was a mother who had lost a child to suicide. This was the second mother met in a week who had both lost a young woman. There are no words. But I did have a conversation with them. The prevention or ability to talk about suicide more freely is one of my main motivations in delivering this work. I think some people who consider killing themselves, would benefit just from talking. Samaritans were fantastic for me when I was struggling with suicidal thoughts.
I hope that Wee Read reading and writing groups offer that kind of lifeline, as well as something more. A chance to express what you are unable to say, a chance to talk about emotions, moods, feelings. A chance to use the imagination, to hear beautiful words, to think differently.
Last night I networked in this fantastic building, full of magic windows; inspiring; encouraging; hopeful. It was strange that it was the eve of this referendum anniversary that I was there. It is a hopeful place. I met two MSPs, a former SNP press office worker and a mixture of great people from the See Me team.
I found the name of my project title, it is: SEE ME, READ ME.
So look out for a new page here with news of this exciting project fighting discrimination and taboos about mental illness.