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Guest posts: Mental health and grassroot politics (

As we approach the final leg of the Westminster campaigns, I just wanted to cross post a few blog posts which I have written elsewhere on mental wellbeing and participation in politics. I was approached by Rosie from Mindwaves, a Glasgow based community media for mental health and wellbeing (of which I’m a board member through my role at UWS) about potential ideas for blog posts, so I decided to focus on two elements; firstly reflection on the first experience of highs and lows of becoming politicised and the second, some coping mechanisms for maintaining civic participation whilst looking after your own wellbeing.

(Note: I don’t normally talk about politics on this blog – and this isn’t going to become a regular thing, but I feel that the journey since the independence referendum has been a massive influence on me – and I wanted to use a photo from last October where I got the chance to share a platform with Patrick Harvie MSP, reflecting on similar themes that I addressed in the blog posts below. Regardless of the result on Friday, the last 6 months have be transformative in terms of political engagement – but I’m also aware that there are phd/work priorities I need to focus on from now until the end of the year, so giving myself a permission to step back is also very important)