Mark Fleming > Creative writer. Blogger. Speaker. Photographer
I'm a freelance writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In my 20s I was sectioned under the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984, spending time in an Intensive Psychiatric Care Unit. During recovery I rediscovered my love of creative writing and music - I'd previously had fiction published and written lyrics for my post-punk band, 4 Minute Warning. Through the Scottish Book Trust I've run writing workshops in schools and community settings - including groups for people with mental health issues, recovering addicts, and homeless individuals. I've also spoken about how writing has helped my wellbeing in HMP Barlinnie and Saughton. This blog is all about promoting positivity through writing, with examples of articles relating to mental health and wellbeing, and popular culture.
Positive mental vibes: exercise, music, scenery, nature
Everyone's mental outlook has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Since lockdown I've been enjoying long walks, relishing Scotland's beautiful landscapes against a backdrop of uplifting playlists in my headphones. I write regular blogs about the revitalising impact of nature and music, and you can check them out here.
Recent outings have included experiencing Storm Arwen by Fisherrow Harbour in Musselburgh, and capturing the sun rising over Portobello beach. The music accompaniments touch diverse bases: Manic Street Preachers, Anna B Savage, Public Service Broadcasting, Can, Teleman, Kelly Lee Owens, and Unloved.
Check out the photos from these trips on my Instagram: @markfleming_embra
1976 - Growing Up Bipolar is a disturbing, but darkly humorous and life-affirming mental health memoir by Mark Fleming, a Scottish writer and musician. Published on Tuesday 23 August, paperback copies are available to order from most retailers, including Blackwell's and Waterstones. The ebook can be downloaded from Kobo, Nook, Scribd, and Hoopla. Further information on this memoir is available here: 1976. There are also links to excerpts depicting the stages of bipolar I experienced, from the low of manic depression to the high of mania.