While our main purpose is to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, we also see value in being involved in the community. We participate where possible in projects and events with local people, organisations and colleagues to explore wider issues around mental health and well-being.
We participated in a creative project with Edinburgh College of Art to identify healing spaces or non-clinical settings which provide relaxed but highly constructed space in which therapy takes place. With approximately one in four of us living with a mental health problem, the aim of the project was to trigger ideas such as removing stigma from private mental health care, making counselling and therapy more accessible, and to refresh the idea of what therapy is.
To coincide with the exhibition, Time is all Around, Edinburgh Printmakers and EH1 Therapies teamed up to host an afternoon of open, frank and respectful conversation reflecting on the nature of our own transience. People were invited to come together to talk and recognise their feelings about death and dying.
We have long recognised the mind-body connection in terms of mental and physical health and have collaborated with the Edinburgh Fitfest at events in the city.
We have held and continue to hold, events exploring a variety of topics of interest. These have included men in mental health, depression, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), body and mind connection, loss and grief, death, stigma, stereotyping and labelling.