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Foolish Optimism is a group of young people brought together by Front Lounge with the desire to change the conversation around mental health. We want to let other young people know that they are not alone; that their stories are important; and that together, we can make a difference.

For the remainder of 2018, we are touring Scotland to show our film, "Foolish Optimism", and host a series of creative workshops. We want to provide a platform for young people to talk to each other about mental health; share their stories and experiences; and pursue actionable change in our communities.


Foolish Optimism Blog

4 Job Hunting Tips for Young People with BPD

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a personality disorder that affects your mood, and the way you interact with people. Poor understanding of BPD in the community can lead to misunderstandings which affect your personal and professional relationships. We talked to our friends with BPD to come up with some tips to help you set yourself up for …

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Press Release: Foolish Optimism Launch

Our warm thanks to Grainger PR for the following press release. A mental health film and national roadshow were launched in Dundee today (Wednesday 10 October 2018), coinciding with World Mental Health Day. As part of the Year of Young People 2018, ‘Foolish Optimism’, which aims to raise awareness of mental health, remind Scotland’s young …

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Tackling the Downward Spiral

Many mental health issues can cause you to fall behind in work, education, and other responsibilities. This can feel like a ‘downward spiral’, where the problems caused by falling behind make you feel worse. This is a common feeling, and there are many different ways to tackle it. Different approaches work well for different people. …

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