Following the completion of the Highlands & Islands Connections project, Support in Mind Scotland launched today the final project report 'Caring, Connected Communities'. Download or view the report here.

The project set out to examine how simple, improved community connections could make a difference to mental health and wellbeing. The project took place over 12 months in The Uists and Benbecula in the Western Isles and on the Isle of Mull, Argyll & Bute and was funded by the Scottish Government's Aspiring Communities Fund with support from the European Social Fund. 

The team delivered in a short time-frame, a series of interesting and thought-provoking activities which Support in Mind Scotland hopes will further open the discussion around the role of community in mental health.  

The activities are presented under three themes Encouraging Community & Business InteractionMaking Physical and Social Adaptations and Improving Knowledge for All. Whilst the report is based on the teams work in Scotland, there will be relevance to a wider audience across the UK and some of the ideas contained in the Case Studies (towards the end of the report) could be easily replicated by other groups and organisations.


This 44-page report accompanies the short documentary film of the same name that was launched last month as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.

Support in Mind Scotland hopes the examples provided in this report and the film inspire others to make small changes.