Eddie Small to work with new project, ‘Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’

University of Dundee academics are to work with children and vulnerable adults from the city to explore the links between their local environment and emotional wellbeing.

The team behind ‘Dundee and Me: How the City Shapes our Moods’ will ask the group about the places that both positively and negatively impact upon their mood and the reasons for the feelings they invoke. Participants will be asked to photograph various locations they travel to throughout the city and to record when such places bring about a change in mood.

Working with student volunteers, the participants will use the images and descriptions they capture to begin developing story boards, characters or plots for art work, creative writing, and video games. The project, led by Dr Fiona Moore, Psychology, alongside English tutor Eddie Small and their colleague Dr Robin Sloan from Abertay University, will culminate in a performance and exhibition for participants and their friends and families.

A class of school children aged 10-11 and an equivalent sized group of adult mental health service users will take part. The performance and exhibition will take place during Heart-Tay-Heart week in April next year.

The team are looking for individuals and groups who have experienced mental health problems to take part in the project. Anyone interested in participating should contact Dr Moore on f.moore@dundee.ac.uk.