Storytelling Project Giving People Chance to Shape Their Own Story.

Around two million people, 40 per cent of the Scottish population, have at least one long term condition. The story we tell ourselves about being ill, and the story we are told by others, can often impact negatively on our ability to manage. 

Write to Recovery explores the power of people owning their story in a positive way. Through on the ground group work, and a specially designed online story-sharing tool, Write to Recovery provides the opportunity for people to share experiences, skills and ideas around how to manage and improve well-being.

Central to the process is the chance for participants to explore writing and shaping their own story.

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A Write to Recovery group member said, “I used to see myself as having mental illness and symptoms but I can now see that I am a strong, resilient person with something to offer.”

The project is now set to be rolled out across Scotland following The Scottish Recovery Network (SRN) being awarded £214,000 across three years to develop their Write to Recovery story-sharing project.

John McCormack of the Scottish Recovery Network said, “We are delighted to receive this funding from The ALLIANCE which will allow us to develop Write to Recovery groups and self-management opportunities across Scotland. Everyone has a story. For many of us it is a journey of ups and downs. Creating and taking control of your story can let you see just how many challenges and obstacles you have overcome along the way. It provides the opportunity to identify your strengths and ultimately work towards living the life you want.

Visit the Scottish Recovery Network website to find out more.

The above article by Nisha Kotecha first published on in Oct, 2016.