‘Mental Matters’ is a Scottish based recovery magazine and was launched earlier this year. It was the ambition of student Holly McCormack to start-up a publication in Scotland dedicated to promoting key anti-stigma messages and providing a platform to share stories of recovery relating to all aspects of Mental Health.
Editor Holly McCormack, who also volunteers for SAMH, scooped the illustrious Student Journalist in memory of Anna Sargent for 2013 award. It was presented as part of the Mind Media Awards which are now in their 20th year on the 18th of November at the BFI Southbank, London. Radio 1 DJ, Scott Mills, presented the award to Holly on the night.
Currently there are four editions of the magazine available online with the last two containing features on fundraising ventures past and present for SAMH. It also takes a look at topical issues such as Mental Health First Aid, impact of social media within mental health and in the last edition reviewed some key performances from the Scottish Mental Health and Arts Festival.
The magazine looks at recovery in mental health from some debilitating conditions like OCD to coming through a period of depression. Student mental health is a key focus of the last edition with much more planned in the future.
Holly said: “The magazine was started as part of my Journalism degree at the University of the West of Scotland.
“Although there has been industry recognition of the magazine after the first four editions, I know that there is a long way to go in regards to developing the magazine and engaging with a larger audience across Scotland.
“I’ve just looked at student mental health but the next edition is going to focus on sport and mental health.
“Inspired by the ‘Get Active’ campaign set up by SAMH, it will take a look at both how exercise can benefit your mental health and also how the importance of those in the sporting profession talking about their own experiences as this will help to break down the barriers that it’s ok to talk about mental health.
“I’d encourage anyone who wants to be involved with contributing or sharing stories of recovery or fundraising to get in touch as I truly believe that everyone’s voice deserves to be heard.”
If you would like to view the current edition or past editions then head to www.mentalmatters.co.uk - the online publication is free to view or download and is currently being released on a bi-monthly basis.