CAPS Independent Advocacy: ‘Oor Mad History Ten Years On’ is published!

SIAA’s members CAPS Independent Advocacy has recently published a new book: ‘Oor Mad History Ten Years On’.

CAPS Independent Advocacy provides collective and individual advocacy in East Lothian and Midlothian. They also host several experience-led projects across Lothian.

‘Oor Mad History’ is a community history project, hosted by CAPS, that was set up in 2008. Their aim is to reclaim and promote the history of activism and collective advocacy by people with experience of mental health issues. The group of people who work on the project has now published their second book: ‘Oor Mad History Ten Years On’.

The book brings together the memories and recollections of the people involved in collective advocacy and ‘mad activism’ in Lothian from 2010 to 2020. The Oor Mad History group, who are all people with their own experience of mental health issues, have worked together to research and create the book. The group gathered 10 written submissions and conducted 24 oral history interviews with people involved in collective advocacy and activism. It is their voices that are recorded in the book. It also brings to life some of the words and images from the Oor Mad History archive.

Find out more and how to get your hands on a copy on the CAPS Independent Advocacy website.

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