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The Next Chapter

  A lot of thought went into what The Next Chapter should be. As well as a space for low-cost counselling, founder Fiona Armstrong also considered a having a cafe in the room up front. The main hope was that it would be a place where people could come together, a...

A Mentally Healthy Christmas: Tees

When you’re not up for talking, sometimes it can feel easier to wear your feelings on your chest. We’ve had a look at some of our favourite clothing brands and the items they offer that might go some way to raising the ol’ serotonin levels.     Project...

A Mentally Healthy Christmas: Books

The way to someone's heart is through their mind, right? Get started on that journey with one of our picks of mentally healthy books for Christmas. We've a memoir, a guide, a cookbook, an anthology and a mag—something for everyone (ish) on your To Buy For list.  ...

Fringe review | East Belfast Boy | ★★★★

  To a soundtrack of techno ebbing and flowing behind him, Davy alternates between dancing wildly, spitting rapid-fire verse at the audience and teetering at the edge of a podium, ready to jump.   He’s telling us about his life: the drugs, his pals, peer...

Fringe review | Rights of Passage | ★★★★

  Light vs shade and bright vs dark are played with throughout Rights of Passage. Three main characters are dressed in black, while the others - mainly their detractors - are all-white jeans and tees. The lighting flickers on and off at times of high emotional...

A Mentally Well Fringe

  This is the second year of A Mentally Well Fringe. After being approached by Fringe Central in 2017, NHS Lothian and Division of Clinical Psychology within the British Psychological Society have banded together again to create a space for performers, as well as...

Interview: Lucy Hopkins, Secrt Circl

  The SpiegelYurt is an unassuming little venue, next to the Potterrow Underpass and opposite Bob’s Blundabus. Step inside, however, and it’s a cosy, opulent space with benches laid out in a semi-circle and gentle twinkling lights. It only takes Lucy Hopkins and...

Fringe review | Ruby Wax: Frazzled | ★★★

  Ruby is interviewing herself. From a chair she sometimes sprawls in, sometimes does leg stretches again, she asks herself questions about stress, mindfulness and being frazzled. Is there more stress now than ever? Are all your problems caused by your parents?...