Mental health

Bipolar Scotland

Iriss.fm, Episode 161

In this episode, Michael McEwan speaks to Alison Cairns, Chief Executive of Bipolar Scotland, about what the supports and services the organisation provides.

Peer support roles in mental health services

Insight 31

Peer support is not new and exists in many forms, from the informal sharing of experiences, to formalised roles such as that of peer workers in mental health services. Narrative studies of recovery provide a wealth of evidence on the importance and value of support from others who have had similar experiences, and how it brings something different to that of professional support relationships…

Pilotlight - pathways to self-directed support

Pilotlight, an Iriss project, works with co-design teams of people who use and deliver services across Scotland to design pathways to self-directed support (SDS). Using a design approach, it aims to demonstrate how to design support for seldom heard groups, provide more personalised and appropriate services, and increase the marketplace of support providers.

Pilotlight self-directed support resources launched

Pilotlight set out to lead thinking on co-designing self-directed support for people across Scotland.

Pilotlight has co-designed four pathways to self-directed support focusing on mental health, risk, self-employment and young people in transition. The co-design teams for each pathway have included people who access support, local authorities and support providers. The project has tested and refined a model for successful power sharing, produced tools and resources, and developed solutions for the implementation of self-directed support.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH)

Iriss.fm, episode 121

Recovery Across Mental Health (formerly Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health) is an independent voluntary sector organisation that aims to enable people to recover from mental ill health and to promote wellbeing. This year RAMH is celebrating 25 years of providing support and is running a £25,000 appeal for 2015. Michael McEwan speaks to Karen Milne who tells us more about the organisation and launch of the celebrations. 

My Life My Way - Chris White

Iriss.fm, episode 101

Until his mid 20s Chris White was doing OK: working ,married and a decent social life. He began to feel worried and anxious and quickly began to feel he couldn't cope. Between 1995 and 1999 Chris attended a day centre. In the second in our My Life My Way series Michael McEwan of Able Radio talks to Chris about why he decided to stop attending.