Map reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland
writing about mental health
I'm a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was twice sectioned under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984, spending time in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital (referred to as a lunatic asylum in the 19th century map above.) I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During recovery I rediscovered my love of creative writing (I'd previously had several short stories published, and written lyrics for my band.)
Through the Scottish Book Trust I run writing workshops in schools and community settings - including groups for recovering addicts and homeless individuals. I've also discussed how writing has helped my wellbeing in prisons. I've written a biography of my experiences, BrainBomb.