To support a programme of activities and events across Edinburgh and the Lothians as part of the Scottish Mental Health and Arts Festival during May 2018. SMHAF launches on 7 May and the festival coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week and as such generates awareness and discussion in the media, there is evidence that this contributes to a reduction in stigma associated with mental ill health. SMHAF is the largest social justice festival in Scotland and the activities in Edinburgh and the Lothians are a significant contributing factor to the success of SMHAF. In 2017 over 30 events took place and 4000 people participated across Edinburgh and Lothian. The overall programme is coordinated by NHS Lothian Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategic Programme. There is a focus on recovery and people with lived experience of mental health problems are key partners.
Specific funded projects are
- Barony Contact Point – Starting Point – Contact Point Open Day and Exhibition
- The Alma Project – Starting Point
- Freda Douglas/Evie Douglas Memorial – Inspiring Life, Mental Health Awareness Day
- CAPS Advocacy/Dougie Soutar – The Beginning of the End Has Already Started
- NHS Lothian Department of Spirituality – In the Beginning …..
- CEC Communities and Families – Here & Now In My Space
- CEC Lifelong Learning – Syrian Kurdsih Festival
- CAPS Advocacy/Anne O Donnell – Women Writing for Change
- CAPS Advocacy/Individual Artist – The Box and Mind to Move
- Olga Kay – Duvet Day
- Scottish Storytelling Centre and Real Talk – Real Talk: Storytelling for Mental Health
- Mad Jammers – Mad Jam Open Mic Edinburgh
- CAPS Advocacy/ Alistair McIntyre – Specky Al’s Spectacle
- Link Up Women’s Support Centre – Just for Today