Becky Duncan – Open Aye for recovery outdoors

9th December 2013

Back in July we featured an article by photographer Becky Duncan about the participatory photography project she ran with members of GAMH to help promote recovery. Here, she updates us on the work she’s been doing since then.


With support from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Open Aye ran a bespoke participatory photography project with people in recovery through COMAS’s Serenity Café project in Edinburgh and the Glasgow Association of Mental Health (GAMH) in autumn 2013. The photo project was designed to highlight the benefits of using outdoor health-based activities, to improve people’s overall wellbeing and quality of life.

In all, 22 people took part in 12 sessions in various parks and outdoor settings around Scotland. Ranger walks, health walks, green gyms and gardening projects were all sampled.

You can find out more about the project in this report and watch a film about the participants’ experiences at the Open Aye website.