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writing about mental health
I'm a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I've experienced episodes of mental illness and was twice sectioned under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984, spending time in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During my recovery I rediscovered my love of creative writing (I'd previously had several short stories published, and written lyrics for my band.)
In conjunction with the Scottish Book Trust I run writing workshops in community settings (including homeless groups) and schools. I've also discussed how writing has helped my wellbeing in prisons.