Project Description

Glasgow Health and Inequality Commission

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


summary of project

In 2017, a multi-partner group consisting of Glasgow City Council Chief Executive Department, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, NHS Health Scotland, Glasgow Centre for Population Health and National Services Scotland commissioned a series of seven short films to coincide with the release of the Glasgow Health and Inequality Commission report.

The group wanted to address mental health, isolation and loneliness and recommend some actions for Glasgow City Council to take to help improve the lives of people in the city. The films were commissioned to make the report more accessible to a non-professional audience and use human stories to help people better understand the issues discussed.

our approach

We worked directly with three volunteers with lived experience of mental health issues who wanted to tell their story. Each volunteer worked closely with us to make a short film that reflected on their journey.

We also made three case study videos with organisations that the multi-partner group felt were demonstrating best practice in mental health and wellbeing in Glasgow.

Finally, we interviewed health and social care professionals to gain a broader context of factors that might impact people’s mental health and wellbeing, as well as an overview of current mental health provision and policy in Glasgow. We used this information to create an overview film that accompanied the report.

“From the outset, with the mini-tender process, I have been struck by the strength of the ethos of Media Education’s approach, which complements ours very well.

Adopting a film creation process that is very respectful of the lives and issues of people and communities and using empowering methods has been ideal for what we are trying to achieve, with our focus on mental health and wellbeing.

I’ve been impressed with the care taken throughout to ensure all participants are involved and are comfortable with the range of products emerging. What is equally impressive is that this hasn’t been at the expense of the artistic, visual aspect of the films.”

Dr Trevor Lakey, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde


  • Participants Screening, GMAC Film, Glasgow
    10th March 2017
    We held a facilitated participants screening for everybody involved in making these films to come together and reflect on the topics being discussed. This was an important process for community members and decision makers to meet and be heard by each other. This strengthened the recommendations that the group made in their written report.

  • Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, CCA, Glasgow
    13th October 2017

  • International Recovery and Citizenship Council, Scottish Youth Theatre, Glasgow
    21st October 2017

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