A recent survey by the Shaw Trust revealed almost 70% of Edinburgh workers would not feel comfortable disclosing a mental health condition. (The Shaw Trust is a national charity that provides training and work opportunities for people who are disadvantaged in the labour market due to disability, ill health or other social circumstances. The Trust are the largest voluntary sector provider of employment services for disabled people in the UK).
Today I was invited to give a talk about my experiences of mental illness at the Community Voices event - part of the Scottish Mental Health Art and Film Festival. Held in the Burns Room, there was a tremendous variety of speakers, some with direct experience of mental breakdown, including poignant testimonies from suicide survivors, to representatives from several of Scotland’s vibrant community writing workshops.