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Edinburgh Fringe psychology event makes the New York Times

17 August 2018

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe event supported by our Division of Clinical Psychology – Scotland is attracting press attention.

It has been reported by both the Independent and the New York Times.

The New York Times said:

"The dark paradox is that for all the opportunities the Fringe provides to stage works about mental health, it is taxing for the mental health of its performers.

The hours are long and the costs are high. The entertainers have to drum up their own audiences as well as put on their shows.

And many are just starting their careers, unused to the actors’ life, hundreds of miles from home."

Under the title A Mentally Well Fringe, a team of clinical psychologists, art therapists, nurse therapists, and psychologists in training from NHS Lothian and the Division of Clinical Psychology-Scotland is offering sessions which sample therapies designed to improve overall mental health.

The first two-hour mental wellbeing session was held last Friday and further ones will take place on::

  • Friday 17 August (1.30pm-3.30pm)
  • Friday 24 August (11.30am-1.30pm)

The sessions are held in the participants’ services area at Fringe Central in Appleton Tower, offering the chance to experience evidence-based psychological interventions covering mindfulness, relaxation, cognitive strategies, art therapy, self-soothing and relating to others.


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