Foolish Optimism: The Story so far…

It has been approximately nine months since the premiere of Foolish Optimism, and six months since the end of the tour which took us, and our film, all across Scotland. We have had so many rich and meaningful conversations about the future of young people and mental health in this country. You have all made valuable contributions to the project in your own way, and we think it’s about time that we gave you an update!

First, a short reflection on the tour. Between September and January, we made 26 stops in various communities across Scotland, gathering stories and building a picture of how young people experience mental health in Scotland. We spoke to a variety of stakeholders, including young people themselves, practitioners, and policymakers. The insights we gained from the tour are absolutely invaluable, and we’d like to thank everyone who took part from the bottom of our hearts.

Since wrapping up the tour, we have spent some time making sense of everything we have learned, and we are making big plans for the future. We want to address some of the issues that we heard about most often on the tour, and do it in such a way that lets us serve the immediate needs of young people, while still advocating for more profound changes to the system. As you can imagine, this is no easy task, but we are ready for a challenge.

We will be releasing a series of short videos in the run-up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2019. These videos will set the scene for all the work we are doing thereafter. We will have more details available soon on Facebook, the Foolish Optimism website, and in local and national press.

If you would like to contribute to the project in any way, we would love to hear from you. We’re always looking for ideas, volunteers, space to do stuff, and of course, money to do it with! Please drop us an email at with “Foolish Optimism” in the subject line.

Many thanks,

The Foolish Optimism Working Group

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