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Education as Advocacy


free mental health, recovery and advocacy training to anyone who lives or works in Edinburgh and the Lothians. 

All our training is developed and delivered by experienced facilitators who all have their own experience of mental health issues.


Understanding Eating Disorders: Seen But Not Heard 

(New Session)


Learn about the many different eating disorder diagnoses from people who share their stories of living with these experiences. We use film clips and interactive activities to explore causes, treatments and the physical and psychological effects of eating disorders. We will address any fears and challenges you may have when it comes to helping someone with an eating disorder. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Tuesday 12 September – 13:00 to 17:00 – Argyle House


Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: Much More than a Label


This 2-day interactive course promotes positive attitudes towards people who may attract a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Hear what it is like to live with the types of experiences that may lead to a BPD diagnosis and its impact and discuss the ways to live well with these experiences.

This is an opportunity to reflect on and share ways of working with people who may attract a BPD diagnosis, recognise areas for change, and develop your skills in responding helpfully to people.

Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 August – 10:00 to 16:00 – Argyle House


Realising Recovery

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An opportunity to examine and develop a practical understanding of ’recovery’ – whether or not you have your own experience of mental health issues.

  • Is recovery the best way of describing what people want for themselves?
  • What are the relationships between mental health, identity, treatment and services?

A LEARN certificate will be given to everyone who completes the 2 full days of the course.

Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August – 09:30-16:30 – Argyle House


Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is a programme of self-exploration that can help you take control of your own mental health and recovery. 

Our workshops are based on the model developed under copyright in the USA by Mary Ellen Copeland.Scottish Recovery Network Quality Accredited Facilitator 2017

Fiona and Andrew are Scottish Recovery Network Quality Accredited WRAP Facilitators and will support you in developing your own plan.

WRAP recognises that you are the expert in your own experience and there are no limits to recovery. It is based on 5 key concepts: hope, personal responsibility, support, self advocacy and education.


Fridays 1, 8, 15 September, 09:30 to 16:30 &

Friday 3 Nov – 13:30 to 16:30 – St John’s Hospital, Livingston 


Fridays 6, 13, 20 October, 09:30 to 16:30 &

Friday 1 Dec – 13:30 to 16:30 – Argyle House


To register your interest in a course, please get in touch with Julie or Anne on or 0791 002 1537


The details we need to know are your:


  • Forename and Surname
  • E Mail address (preferred) and/or telephone number
  • Whether your request is for personal or work reasons
  • Where you live/work (Edinburgh/Midlothian, West or East Lothian)

Please Note:  Regrettably, we can’t always give places to everyone who registers an interest.  We’d love to accommodate everyone but we have limited room. Don’t let this put you off though.
We would contact you, about a fortnight prior to a course start date, to let you know whether or not you’ve been given a place.  We operate a waiting-list system. Very often, a cancelled place can become available at short notice, so it’s often worth being on the waiting list if your request hasn’t been successful at first.

  • Please let us know if you have an access needs.
  • All our venues are wheelchair accessible.
  • We provide tea and coffee and all our sessions have regular breaks.
  • Parking is very difficult in the area so you are strongly encouraged to use public transport if possible.
  • Our minimum number of participants for each course is 6. If we are unable to meet this minimum we may have to cancel – we will let you know as soon as possible.
  • If you can’t make it to a session or course, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer a place to someone on the waiting list.


We also offer a session called Independent Advocacy Works For Us! – hear from people who have used advocacy and find out the difference it has made in their lives. Please get in touch if you are interested!

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