• Mental Health awareness week 11th – 17th May 2015

    It’s been a busy week for me, first I expanded my mental health awareness at the ‘Expeerience Counts’ Development Day on Tuesday in Wishaw . Met lots of people working in mental health across Lanarkshire. We had workshops to talk about the Peer support workers’ role, the Well -Informed service, and the Tools for Life course and related subjects.  It was a good learning and networking experience for me. My thanks go to Ann Ronald and the others who made this an interesting morning!

    Later, I completed an online course at  mindSET discovering the myths and facts of mental health. I was chuffed when I printed out the certificate.Good course.

    Wednesday was a meeting with  See Me staff, to  chat about the anti-stigma work that Wee Read is proposing to do. Thanks to Laetitia for her support. The guidance was really clear that my project needs to be led by at least 50%  people with a personal, lived experience of mental illness and recovery. I am glad about this – the roots-up approach is what I have wanted to try for ages.

    Thursday,  I met local staff at the Lanarkshire Association for Mental Health  (LAMH) at their shop and offices on Cadzow Street. Learned that they did have some writers and poets a while ago, and a  book was published, called ‘Fine Lines’.  I’d like to see a copy, and so would Hugh at LAMH! If anyone out there has a copy, please send it in!  Happily, I will be giving them a taster reading and writing session in the near future! Thanks, Hugh!

    My plan for Friday is – Read a good book! Some homespun bibliotherapy for me. May even write a poem.

    What are you doing this year in Mental Health Awareness Week?

    Here’s some See Me activity:




Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.


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