VIDEO: Film shown in mental health workshops as Dundee poster campaign launched


A city-wide poster campaign featuring images and words relating to mental health is to be unveiled on the streets of Dundee.

The first group at Arthurstone Library

As part of the Foolish Optimism roadshow, two young women are taking art workshops out into the community, encouraging a range of different groups to talk about and document their mental health stories.

Jacqueline Goodall, 20, a third-year fine art student at Duncan of Jordanstone College, is organising the workshops in conjunction with Jacqueline Whymark, who is a social entrepreneur, project manager, community organiser and arts curator.

They held their first two-day session with a group at Arthurstone Library last month.

After watching short clips from the Foolish Optimism film, members of the group were asked to consider its messages and jot down their own interpretation and perspectives on mental health issues, whether in words or images.

Messages collected from a diverse range of audiences will then be transformed into posters, some of which will be billboard size.

All the posters will then be displayed around the city from mid-November until mid-December.

The posters will also feature unique QR codes which will enable the public to link directly to the Foolish Optimism website.

The workshops and national roadshow follow on from the release of the film which premiered at The Steps Theatre on World Mental Health Day.

Jacqueline Goodall said: “The whole purpose of Foolish Optimism is to get people talking about mental health.

“We want to gather the views and stories of a huge cross-spectrum of society.

“We decided that it would make sense to go out into the communities and encourage debate.

“We all have mental health but everyone has a different interpretation of it.

“Some people find it challenging to express that interpretation.

“Some of us like to write words and poems while others are visual thinkers, preferring to draw or paint.

“We are going to take these varied and unique messages and make posters out of them to display around the city, spreading the word that young people are not alone when facing these challenges and to get people talking.”

All work created in the workshops will be maximised – if not on the posters themselves, then through exhibitions during the Foolish Optimism finale event next month.

Foolish Optimism was made possible by funding from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund and the Life Changes Trust.

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The nurses tackling mental illness in police custody

An estimated third of those arrested by police in England are experiencing mental health problems.

Most police forces now have mental health nurses working with them to help those arriving in crisis, in the hope of both improving their health and reducing re-offending.

The BBC’s Jeremy Cooke was given exclusive access to see the process in action at the Nottinghamshire Police central custody cells.





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Soup and Pudding lunch


A total of £939.16 raised for DAMH from the soup and pudding event. This sum is NOT including the bonus ball money and the other donations we have received. The total above is money raised only today!! This is an incredible amount, thanks so much to everybody who contributed and also all the volunteers… Mary Mackenzie Chris McLean Tracy McLean Carol Anderson Kirsty Welsh Jay Traynor ,and the Friends of Magdalene Green. Thanks to all the bakers – Lesley Wilson Courtney Anne, and not forgetting the ones who are not on Facebook! And a big thanks to Alison Cruickshank from Friends who organised the entire thing, ty so much! Thanks to Gordon Sharp for the use of Dundee West Church hall and the wonderful facilities there. Also thanks to all our local politicians who came along to show support. Jenny Marra Richard McCready Fraser Macpherson George McIrvine and Donald Hay. If I’ve missed anyone then my apologies!


Today is rock solid proof that communities can come together for the greater good!! X  much love! ➿➿ #teamlee ➿➿


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Child mental health: When it feels like no one is listening



For some parents, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are a lifeline. But for Adele and her 15-year-old son it was a case of frustration, long waiting times and a lack of continuity.

We approached the NHS trust responsible for Adele’s son’s initial referral to CAMHS, but they were unable to comment as they are no longer responsible for his care.

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by mental health issues, the following organisations may be able to help.


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