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.
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.