Group Advocacy

Back in June, the new intensive rehabilitation ward, Braids, was one of the first to move into the new hospital, so we were glad to hear from patients that their first impressions of the new-build were very positive. People felt that their previous accommodation in the old hospital now seemed extremely old-fashioned; this is slightly bittersweet, because the remaining rehab …

Stories of Changing Lives Three

I can’t believe it’s already time for me to go! The book is finished… It’s really exciting to be able to finally share it with everyone – I’ve been blown away by the honesty, generosity, and talent of the people who have contributed their stories, poems, artworks and photos. I’m also excited about the Changing Lives film, which has been …

Stories Of Changing Lives III

The Patients Council would like to invite you to celebrate the publication of a new book – the third in the Stories of Changing Lives series. We have been collecting stories, artwork, photography, and poetry by people who have experienced longer stays in the hospital, as well as writing from staff members. These are being brought together as a book …

Save the date…

Stories of Changing Lives 3 will be launched on 17th October in the Summerhall Café, from 6.30pm. There will be readings from the book, a screening of the new film, and of course your chance pick up a copy of the book. The Stories exhibition will be at Summerhall from 10th – 31st October. We’re hoping to organise a group …

Stories of Changing Lives Three

With just a couple of months to go until Stories of Changing Lives 3 goes to print, things are really starting to come together! (If you haven’t come across the project yet – we’re putting together a book of writing, poems, photographs and artwork about experiences of mental health and the REH.) I’ve met some amazing storytellers and writers, and …

Patients Council Meeting – 29 May 2017

We welcomed Dr Jane Cheeseman, Maria Holancova and Fiona Hutcheson to tell us more about the Quality Improvement (QI) programme in NHS Lothian which aims to ensure safe, effective and person centred care for all. It involves everyone in healthcare – staff, patients, carers, researchers, planners – to make the changes that will lead to better patient outcomes, better system …

Join us for a workshop

Join us for a workshop (or two or three!) to get inspired – come along to try it out with no pressure to put anything in the book. Creative writing: Friday 31st March, The Library at the REH, 2-3pm Storytelling: Friday 7th April, The Library at the REH, 2-3pm Film and photo taster session: 11th April, The Hive at the …

Stories Of Changing Lives Three

The Stories project is underway! I know some of you are already writing your stories, and I can’t wait to read them. If you’ve spent time on a rehab ward, or had a longer stay on another ward, you’re invited to contribute your story about your experiences with mental health too. You can write, draw, tell, paint, take photos, and/or …