The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival (SMHAF), in partnership with See Me, is developing a new peer-to-peer support network called the Mental Health Arts Network.

We want to put together a small working group of people who are able to attend three or four online meetings between November 2021 and April 2022. These meetings will help shape the development of the network as we plan a series of more public online events in the run-up to SMHAF’s May 2022 programme.

We particularly want to hear from people who feel they would benefit from being involved in a Mental Health Arts Network and have ideas to offer about how it might develop. The kind of questions we are asking include:

  • What do artists making work about mental health most need?
  • What skills do people want to learn?
  • Whose voices need to be heard?
  • Who is being left out of these conversations and how do we include them?
  • What do people in positions of power need to do better?

We think that a Mental Health Arts Network could benefit not just artists (whether they class themselves as professional, novice or hobbyist) but audiences, project participants, community groups, mental health campaigners, venues and other event programmers, and health organisations who want to run participatory art projects. See Me has a particular interest in supporting participatory art with a mental health theme and refining research into challenging stigma through arts-based projects.

If you’re interested in contributing to this working group, please contact Andrew Eaton-Lewis, arts programme officer for the Mental Health Foundation, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and tell us a bit about yourself and why you want to get involved.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 9am on Wednesday 17th November. The first meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 30th November, so please also let us know your availability on that date.

We are also interested in hearing from people who would like to contribute to the network in other ways. Click here to join the Mental Health Arts Network mailing list for updates about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved, or get in touch with Andrew to discuss an idea.

The Mental Health Arts Network is funded by the Baring Foundation