Island views lift mental health unit

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Campbeltown hospital’s mental health Island centre has new photographs on its walls after members of a support group snapped into action.

Tracy Chambers, who organises the Kintyre Link Club (KLC), for people who have suffered with mental health issues, succeeded in an application for grants from the Kintyre Health and Wellbeing Network and the Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface.

Rooms at the centre, which has one place-of-safety bed, are named after the islands Davaar, Arran, Sanda, Gigha and Cara.

Using the £1,400 grant, Mrs Chambers organised a trip on the Kintyre Express boat for 12 KLC members to photograph each island.

The results were printed onto canvas and framed by Stuart Andrew, and on Tuesday afternoon presented to hospital staff.

Mrs Chambers said: ‘Everyone has mental health and, just like physical health, it needs care.

‘One in four of us will experience mental health problems in our lifetimes.

‘However, there is quite a stigma about mental health. This is one reason why we have the KLC.’

For more information about the group, call Mrs Chambers on 07535 036953 or email