The Academy works on a broad range of projects that address different challenges within health and social care in Scotland.

Some of the current work undertaken by the Academy can be found below, along with links to publications that the team has produced in conjunction with our partners.

Challenging Weight Stigma- Weight stigma results in discrimination, stereotyping and social exclusion based on a person’s weight. The Academy has been exploring what a transformational approach to tackling weight stigma in health and social care might look like. We produced a provocation paper Weight Stigma: the last socially acceptable prejudice? (link will open in a new page) and hosted an event to provide discussion and debate. You can read the Event Report: Weight Stigma (link will open in a new page) 

The Academy is also part of Public Health Scotland’s Weight Bias and Obesity Strategy Short Life Working Group looking at wider messaging and awareness around weight bias and obesity stigma.

Open Dialogue – Open Dialogue is a potentially transformational approach to supporting people experiencing mental distress. The Academy is exploring how this person-centred approach could be beneficial in Scotland and hosted an event to bring interested people together from across Scotland. The Academy has also published a paper on this, Emphasising Humanity: Open Dialogue.

The Academy is involved in the Early Intervention in Psychosis Lived Experience Reference Group which is part of the Early Intervention in Psychosis Improvement Network. The Academy works to ensure that people with lived experience are heard and help shape early intervention services.

Adverse Childhood Experiences – Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, are harmful events that negatively impact a child’s mental, physical, or emotional wellbeing and can have a detrimental affect on your health as an adult. Our paper explores the research surrounding adverse childhood experiences, and Scotland’s response to this concept. It examines how ACEs could transform health and social care and identifies some challenges. We have been running screenings of the film Resilience which looks at the effects that toxic stress can have on children’s brains, putting them at risk of ill health and how adverse childhood experiences can be prevented.

Suicide Prevention Strategy The Academy has worked alongside The Samaritans, NHS Scotland to support the Scottish Government and to produce this Suicide Prevention Action Plan Report. 

Budgeting – We have produced three short videos examining more progressive styles of budgeting, in particular human rights budgeting, gender budgeting and participatory budgeting. As part of the Academy’s work exploring the transformative value in ceding power, participatory budgeting has been examined and supported and we published a paper, Ceding Power: Participatory Budgeting. The Academy also published an insight paper looking at the emphasising humanity and human rights aspect of Citizen’s Basic Income.

If you have any questions about our ongoing projects or would like to work with the Academy, please email academy@alliance-scotland.org.uk or call 0141 404 0231.

Opinion

Opinion

The 20-Minute Neighbourhood-what does it mean to you?

Written by: Audrey Birt

Published: 05/05/2021

Opinion

Opinion

Lived experience and the road to early intervention in psychosis in Scotland

Written by: Louise Beattie

Organisation: University of Glasgow

Published: 23/03/2021

Opinion

Opinion

Making climate action inclusive

Written by: Kirsty Banks

Member: Forth Valley Sensory Centre

Published: 15/03/2021

Case study

Case Study

Working co-productively to prevent suicide in Scotland

Case study

Case Study

Compassionate Inverclyde: The creation of a Compassionate Community and Place of Kindness (part 2)

Case study

Case Study

Compassionate Inverclyde: The creation of a Compassionate Community and Place of Kindness (part 1)