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Making a difference on mental health policy, law and services

VOX Scotland works hard to ensure its members’ views influence mental health policy, law and service provision. We lobby politicians on our members’ behalf, conduct research around mental health issues and participate in committees and other bodies to influence mental health policy and legislation. We undertake this work to support a good ‘fit’ between mental health services and service users, to promote good mental well-being and ensure public money is well spent. Everyone benefits from good mental health in Scotland.

FUNDING FOR A PROJECT LOOKING AT CIVIC AND PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT

Funding for a new project looking at Civic and Public Involvement

Do people with lived experience of mental health conditions want to become more involved in civic and public life? And, if they do, what is preventing them from joining school boards or from standing for election?

An exciting new peer research project ‘Public Life Matters’, was successful in a bid to Disability Research on Independent Living & Learning (DRILL) and has secured a one year grant of £40,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The project is managed by a partnership between Voices of eXperience (VOX), the Scottish Mental Health Research Collective (not the VOX collective), the Mental Health Foundation and the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Health Policy.

Soon we will be hoping you can encourage your members to take part in an online questionnaire so we understand a bit more about civic and public life for people with mental health conditions, we will keep you posted.

HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF EMPATHY

VOX are soon going to be developing a DVD which will be looking at the importance of empathy. Members will be taking forward a project to highlight how important this is to them either through animation, personal narratives or other means. There will be lots of opportunities to be involved, please get in touch if empathy is something you would like to see highlighted, and you would like to take part in producing a DVD.

VOX AND THE ARTS, MOVING MINDS

Creativity and Arts is valued by our members and many others who have a lived experience of mental health issues. The arts are used in creative ways to facilitate members feedback and discussions.

We have found that the Arts is a very effective way in discussing difficult issues, the Arts can cross cultures, religions and age, helping to move minds into learning about new perspectives, ideas and experiences.

Raising awareness of mental health issues in Scotland, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival takes place throughout October. The Joyous Choir. IN it’s 8th year SMHAFF hold the opening event, the 6th Moving Minds event at Kelvingrove combining a range of mental health charities and agencies. Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is an event which takes place throughout October aiming to support the arts and challenge percenptions of mental health. (c) Russell G Sneddon / StockPix.eu

The Joyous Choir. Moving Minds event at Kelvingrove. Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (c) Russell G Sneddon / StockPix.eu

We developed Moving Minds which is an annual Diversity and Mental Health day of events back in 2009 as a means to engage the public and groups that seldom come into contact with each other around themes related to mental health issues. Back then Moving minds was focused on tomorrows mental health and social care workers and museum workers offering a lived experience perspective on mental health.

Over the years the day has developed into a multi partnership celebration of diversity and mental health. We have engaged with Young people, older people, a range of black and minority ethnic groups, gypsy/traveler community, new comers to Scotland, families, students, poets, singers, dancers, performers, curators, volunteers and many many more.

Bringing messages of recovery, anti stigma, peer support, creativity and equality to a wide and diverse audience.

Raising awareness of mental health issues in Scotland, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival takes place throughout October. pictured - Maryhill Integration Network dance and fashion group perform at Kelvingrove Gallery IN it’s 8th year SMHAFF hold the opening event, the 6th Moving Minds event at Kelvingrove combining a range of mental health charities and agencies. Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is an event which takes place throughout October aiming to support the arts and challenge percenptions of mental health. (c) Russell G Sneddon / StockPix.eu

Maryhill Integration Network dance and fashion group perform at Moving Minds event at Kelvingrove.
(c) Russell G Sneddon / StockPix.eu

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