Soundminds takes over shopping centre

More than 200 shoppers tried learning an instrument, including Leonardo the turtle
More than 200 shoppers tried learning an instrument, including Leonardo the turtle

Soundminds took to Motherwell Shopping Centre with a range of musical activities to promote positive mental health.

Britain’s Got Talent contestant Edward Reid opened the music stage with a live performance.

The event also featured live music from local bands, and instrument tasters, with 200 shoppers trying out African drums, guitar and DJ Decks.

Over 70 people took part in the interactive activities which challenged the attitudes towards mental health, and the public were also interviewed and asked their own thoughts on mental health.

Soundminds is part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, and aims to challenge the stigma of mental health through music.

Meanwhile, Airdrie and Shotts MP Neil Gray has given his support to a new-look website which offers help and support to those affected by mental health issues.

The website,, is supported by the Lanarkshire Recovery Network to offer advice, information on services and self-help resources.

Mr Gray said: “It is easy for people with mental health conditions to feel isolated very quickly.

“It is always best to talk about what you are feeling, but this website gives people an additional opportunity to search for help themselves, look at what’s on offer and decide on the best course of action for them.

“It has been compiled by professionals and people with first-hand experience but is straight-forward and easy to use.”


26 - The rain did nothing to dampen enthusiasm as Edward Reid is joined by some youngsters for a singalong.

10 - Ben McEwan receives instruction on the decks from Sam McCool.

8 - More than 200 people tried learning an instrument, including Leonardo the turtle.

5 - Adam Starkey (4) quickly picked up drumming thanks to Darren McAleese.

1 - Jordan Milligan teaches Kade Kennedy-Clayton (4) some chords.