The project reclaims and promotes the history of activism and collective advocacy by people with mental health issues. The project has an archive of papers and objects dating back to the 1980s and an oral history archive.
Speaker at the event Anne O’Donnell, LEARN Coordinator at CAPS Independent Advocacy, said:
“We use community history and the arts as a way to have a stronger voice about mental health and the mental health system, build community, challenge assumptions about people who use mental health services and tackle discrimination. It’s really important to not only record but also value the past, because it gives us a basis to continue our work for the future.
“This event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the project and raise awareness with new professional and public audiences.”
Theresa Fyffe, RCN Scotland Director, said:
"People working on projects such as ‘Oor Mad History’ work hard against the odds to help people with mental health issues to overcome the stigma that they still face. Despite increasing political consensus and commitment from Scottish Government, the huge gap between the rhetoric and reality of mental health services remains. I’m delighted we are able to host this event and give the project a platform.”
The event will also include a ‘show and tell’ display from the RCN Archives which will shed more light on the history of mental health nursing.