Miss Great Britain finalists Louisa and Christina Thomson helped Support in Mind Scotland officially launch the world's first Mental Health charity tartan.

Mental Health nurse Louisa Thomson (pictured below) and her twin sister Christina, also a nurse, modelled some of the new range of tartan-wear during a photo-call at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Louisa, 27, who works for the Mental Health Crisis Team in Fife, is the reigning Miss Stirling and has used her place in the Miss GB final as a platform to champion mental health awareness.

One in four people will experience a mental health problem each year, and one person in 100 will experience a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.

Louisa said: “As a mental health nurse, I know anyone can suffer from mental illness and, sadly, there is still a stigma attached to mental health that doesn’t exist for other illnesses.

“Support in Mind Scotland and other organisations are working hard to increase
 understanding of mental illness and to support not only people living with mental health issues but their families and carers too.

“I am delighted today to be launching the first ever Mental Health charity tartan. It looks fantastic and it can only help raise awareness and start conversations around mental health.”

Support in Mind Scotland supports around 2,000 people affected by mental health problems each year, across 21 projects in Scotland.

Frances Simpson, CEO of Support in Mind Scotland, said: “We are proud to launch our new, unique Support in Mind Scotland tartan – the first Mental Health charity tartan in the world.

 “Launching the tartan is the culmination of a year of firsts for us, with initiatives both locally and nationally, giving us a great deal to be optimistic about for the next few challenging years ahead.”

Alastair Campbell, a prominent Mental Health campaigner, and Judy Murray have already shown their approval for the new tartan this month. 

The tartan – exclusively woven in Scotland by Ingles Buchan - was commissioned to celebrate the charity’s rich history and to raise mental health awareness.

SiMS was originally part of the UK National Schizophrenia Fellowship, set up in 1972, then became an independent Scottish charity in 1984. The organisation adopted its current operating name – Support in Mind Scotland – in 2010.

The focal point of this Support in Mind Scotland design is the sequential inclusion of the charity’s distinctive blue and green logo. The contrasting red on blue is a major element from the Campbell of Cawdor clan tartan in recognition of the late Lady Campbell of Croy’s great support for the organisation.

The tartan is available now from Support in Mind Scotland by calling 0131 662 4359 or by visiting the charity’s online shop at: www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/shop

  • Photographs of Louisa and Christina Thomson published with kind permission of David Cheskin Photography: www.davidcheskin.com