70 Stories is an online project curated by the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival to mark the 70th anniversary of the Mental Health Foundation.

The project connects stories from our Writing Competition, stories from SMHAF participants, and more in a compelling portrait of mental health in 2019.

Keep an eye on this page for new entries in the series. If you are connected in some way to SMHAF or the Mental Health Foundation and would like to contribute a piece of writing to this project, please contact [email protected].

June 13, 2019

#9 Under Pressure

by Laura Barbour

'He imagined those beautiful men touching each other’s hair and holding hands.'
June 13, 2019

#8 I Am

by Jo Clifford

'Valuing our stories helps us to learn to value ourselves.'
June 13, 2019

#7 Hysteria!

by Julia Taudevin

'Those rose tinted glasses are cracked now, aren't they?'
May 30, 2019

#6 Shoormal

by Aileen Paterson

'I love the salt edge in your smile, the lilt in your voice, like a song.'
May 30, 2019

#5 Message in a Bottle

by Eilidh Clark

'She sees him strike a match, can almost hear the hiss of the flame. He lights the corner of the paper and lets it float into the air.'
May 30, 2019

#4 In Sync

by Alyson Lawson

'I’m crying cos I feel like everything’s different, like I’ve lost something. And I’m crying cos I’ve found something. I’m crying cos I know things now.'
May 22, 2019

#3 Still Hingin Oan

by Brian Reid

"can you hear me / whit-dae-ye-ma-call-it / ehm, thingmy / aye, ahm feelin terrible"
May 22, 2019

#2 Outside In

by Shirley Gillan

'She had been there on a Wednesday.  If he didn’t go now, he would never go.  If she wasn’t there, well … every sun has to set.'
June 13, 2019

#11 Affirmations

by William Sutton

'You're all so relentlessly positive. I can't bear it.'
June 13, 2019

#10 I'm Doing My Best

by Cathie Devitt

'You stared past me, hiding behind those heavy curtains.'
May 21, 2019

#1 The Imagined We

by Jenny Lindsay

For the first entry in our 70 Stories collection, poet Jenny Lindsay, a regular participant in SMHAF since 2015, shares a new film poem.

 

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