Heart Tay Heart | The Stories

Sharing your stories to help others. Heart Tay Heart,
Dundee’s first Mental Health Awareness Week?

What's the big idea?

So here’s the idea. I’d like to help Heart Tay Heart raise awareness and money by producing an anthology of real people’s real experiences of mental health. Once we’ve gathered enough stories, we’ll put together an ebook and sell it. 100% of the profits from the book will go to Heart Tay Heart. We’re also exploring the opportunity of selling a physical copy of the book. For now, the priority is to get as many submissions as possible. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a first-time writer or an experienced pro. In fact, I want as many rookie writers as possible. I know so many people who would love to tell their stories. But they question the point. The point is it’s good for you. It can help you understand and make sense of how you feel. And, you’ll be helping people, who see their own experiences reflected in yours.

What is Heart Tay Heart?

Heart Tay Heart is Dundee’s first mental health awareness week. The brainchild of the remarkable Louise Johnstone, the week aims to encourage discussion, share experiences and raise funds to support several Dundee-based mental health charities. The real goal though is to get the taboo subject of mental health out in the open. It’s sad but true that a stigma still exists around mental health. It makes some uncomfortable. The result, far too many people suffer in silence.

From the x April until the y April, there will be a number of events, workshops and opportunities to support mental health sufferers in Dundee. It’s an opportunity to bring people together and remind them that they’re not alone. A full list of events will be available soon.

You can learn much more over at the official Heart Tay Heart website. 

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How to get involved

We’re looking to gather as many stories as we can from anyone who has a personal mental health story that they’d like to share. We know that this can be difficult for some, and, for that reason, we will, of course, share these anonymously if you’d prefer. We’d like to share as many stories as we can. Ideally, stories will be between 250 and 1,500 words, but that’s a guideline, rather than a rule. To share your story, click the button below, and follow the instructions. Or, if you’d prefer, you can email it to story@kevanderson.co.uk


My Role and My Story

I’m involved with this project because I’ve suffered my own mental health issue. It changed my life, eventually, for the better. I know that each time I’ve shared my story people have reached out to me. People who are going through the same thing. People who felt they were alone. But sharing my story is what allowed me to get better. It helped me understand who I am. Telling my story and writing acted as a therapy. And, it’s what continues to help me maintain perspective.

My role in this project will be to edit the final book and to support people who would like to tell their stories, but just don’t know where to start. So, if you’re reading this and don’t know what to do, or where to start, please get in touch and I’ll help in any way I can.

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Free Workshops

During the week, I’ll be hosting two free workshops to share practical tips to use writing, in its many forms, to help anyone who’d like to use writing as a way to support their condition and general mental health. These events will be hosted at Waterstones in Dundee and The Circle. More details will be made available soon. (Both of these will be taking place on the 25th April.)