Support in Mind Scotland is expanding its campaign for mental health carers – with a call for ‘creative evidence’.

By ‘mental health carer’, we mean people of any age who provide unpaid support or help for a relative, friend or neighbour with mental health issues.

If you are a mental health carer and you haven’t yet completed our survey, we would appreciate if you could. You can complete the survey by clicking here. Closing date: Friday 4th August.

Your views given by completing the survey are hugely appreciated.

As well as gathering statistics, we would also like to have some ‘real stories’ to highlight the lives and needs of mental health carers – as well as the value to the person with mental health issues of having a good supporter behind them.

So, are you creative?

If you would like to write a poem, short story or a “day in the life” diary piece, or have already written something, about your role caring for or supporting someone with mental health issues, please submit pieces by email to SAitken@supportinmindscotland.org.uk, or by post to:

Support in Mind Scotland

6 Newington Business Centre

Dalkeith Road Mews

Edinburgh

EH16 5GA

Any other ideas you have are most welcome – songs, videos, photographs, art work or anything else!

If you are not a mental health carer but have lived experience of mental health issues, your creative input is more than welcome too! You might want to express how important the person who cares for or supports you is to you, both when you are unwell and in helping you to maintain wellbeing.

Please feel free to share this information with anyone you know who might be interested.

Closing date for creative pieces: Friday 25th August 2017.

Any creative pieces received may be used by us, for example in future publications, but we will not name you unless you give express permission for us to do so.