We've made a website!
Hello everyone! Lily here and I'm the founder and Director of Real Talk.
For those of you who know me, you will know how long I've been saying, 'I'm building the website!' or 'Our website is in development..." (hi Dad!) Well, its taken over a year to get this baby off the ground, but here it is. And it is equal parts exhilarating and terrifying because once you have a website, its real right?!
For the past 2 years, Real Talk has been growing, moving from strength to strength and finding its footing as social enterprise. What started our as a labour of love is becoming a fully fledged social business. We have run sold out events during the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival, collaborated with other organisations like the Scottish Recovery Network, spoken at two different conferences and deliver trainings and workshops. In and amongst that, I have been trying to figure out how this initiative is going to blossom into a sustainable enterprise, participating in incubator programmes, leadership trainings, and networking like no one's business, all while working part time to be able to eat and all those other good things. Its been such a wonderful and challenging and humbling journey.
As of last week, we ran our 9th event. That means 34 incredible humans have gone through the Real Talk process and shared their stories and over 400 amazing audience members have bared witness and joined in on the conversation. And quite frankly, Real Talk wouldn't exist without the bravery and empathy shown by all who get involved.
For me, Real Talk is all about having the space to own your experience and share it in words and images that feel right for the individual. Its not about diagnoses or even about being fully recovered. Its about recognising the power of our stories and how they can build empathy and spark the vital conversations around mental health we need to be having in society.
By getting this website off the ground, I hope to make what exactly Real Talk is a bit clearer, make it easier for people to join in, help legitimise what we do and work towards having more fruitful collaborations. If there is anything you think is missing or confusing, please don't hesitate to reach out via the contact page.