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A mentally well Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival

03 August 2018

Performers at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe will be offered drop-in taster sessions on a range of psychological interventions to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

A team of clinical psychologists, art therapists, nurse therapists, and psychologists in training from NHS Lothian and the Division of Clinical Psychology-Scotland, will offer sessions which sample therapies designed to improve overall mental health.

Applied psychological therapies can be used to improve how people think, feel and behave, ultimately having a positive impact on both an individual’s physical and mental health.

British Psychological Society – Scotland Chair, Beth Hannah said:

“As the city bursts into life, signalling the start of the month long non-stop festival atmosphere, it can be easy for performers to let their mental health take a back seat.

The pressure of ticket sales, getting on stage and keeping up with the hustle and bustle does take its toll. We all need to take a moment to look after ourselves and I hope performers can benefit from the great services offered by our applied psychologists and NHS Lothian.”

The mental wellbeing sessions will be offered in two hour sessions on three dates:

  • Friday 10 August (3.30pm-5.30pm)
  • Friday 17 August (1.30pm-3.30pm)
  • Friday 24 August (11.30am-1.30pm)

Sessions will be held within 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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