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 and a film.

We would love for you to join us to celebrate the launch of both – hear readings from the book, see a screening of the film, explore an accompanying exhibition, and, of course, pick up your copy. Whether you’d like to hear from people with similar experiences to you, understand more about what it’s like to spend time in hospital, inform your professional practice, or find out about the ways in which people live well and shape services – everyone is welcome!

There are two chances to come along – one within the hospital in September, and one as part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (SMHAFF) in October:

Preview: Stories of Changing Lives

The Hive, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

19th September, 18:30

You don’t need to book in advance, but if you can it would help us with our planning. You can book here:

Book Launch: Stories of Changing Lives

Summerhall, Summerhall Café, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

17th October, 18:30

You don’t need to book in advance, but if you can it would help us with our planning. You can book here:

Stories of Changing Lives Exhibition

You can also see an exhibition of photographs and artwork from the book, plus objects and testimonies from the history of activism at the Royal Ed, as part of the SMHAFF Out of Sight Out of Mind exhibition, from Wed 11–Sun 29 Oct, 11am–6pm, at Summerhall. The exhibition is free. We are hoping to show the exhibition at the hospital as well, but this is still to be confirmed.


All venues have step free access and an accessible toilet. Please get in touch if there is anything we can do to make the event more accessible to you.

For further info, please contact

By the Patients Council, in partnership with CAPS, Outlook, and Chiaroscuro, funded by NHS Mental Health and Wellbeing Team and SHMAFF Small Grants