Notes on the Margin


  • We were inspired by the latest video offering from our partners at Headstrong. The video captures their Think Big music workshops that allow young people to express themselves creatively and use music as a means to take care of their mental health.
  • The tragic death of Gary Speed this weekend led many commentators to point the mental health impact of pressures professional sport and the taboos that surround it. Two professional footballers, Stan Collymore (as printed in the Irish Times), the ‘Secret Footballer’ (writing in the Guardian) have recently gone on the record about the difficulties around discussing mental health problems in the sports world. This recent UK initiative between the FA and Time to Change is also interesting from a stigma-challenging and social-inclusion point of view.
  • For those of us who are feeling distressed, it is difficult to know where to turn. Ruby Wax has created a social networking site, Black Dog Tribe for people to share as much or as little as they like about themselves and their mental health. This space is an opportunity for an individual to share stories with like-minded people in a safe space.
  • Atlantic Minds Wide Open celebrated film and mental health last Friday by bringing together some inspiring stories that portray mental health, wellness and the community. Ken Paul Rosenthal attended the event for the showing of his award winning short film Crooked Beauty.

If you have any stories that you discover throughout the week and you would like us to include them on Notes on the Margin you can email

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