Book of Hope project seeks stories of recovery from across Aberdeenshire

ABERDEENSHIRE Council’s housing and social work service, alongside partners in NHS Grampian and the voluntary sector, are looking for inspiring stories from people who have recovered from alcohol, drug abuse or mental ill-health.

The ‘Book of Hope’ has been established as a collaborative project by Choose Life Aberdeenshire and the Mental Health Partnership.

The book, when published, will be used to help to help people recognise that it is possible to have a future beyond mental ill-health and/or alcohol and drug use.

The project team is encouraging people to submit information about their own personal experiences to help produce the publication that will be launched at the end of the year and available online.

Chair of the social work and housing committee, Councillor Karen Clark, said: “Substance misuse and mental ill-health are often viewed with stigma and negativity as are issues where people are driven to attempt to take their own lives.

“It is commendable to see this positive project taking shape that will challenge perceptions and create a unique resource that will truly give people hope for the future.”

Vice-chair Alisan Norrie said: “People living with an addiction to drugs or alcohol and who need mental health support can come from many walks of life.

“The project to create a book will show that people can recover, rebuild their lives and anyone who has gone through this should get in touch to tell their story to help others.”

Creative contributions from poetry to photography will be considered alongside narrative stories and can be provided by individuals or groups such as schools and voluntary organisations.

If you have experience of mental ill-health, alcohol and/or drug abuse and would like to get involved or find out more, contact Aberdeen Foyer mental health and wellbeing co-ordinator Kirsty Hodgson on 01224 252896 or at Kirstyh@aberdeenfoyer.com