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Inspiring Minds

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Who We Are

Inspiring Minds is a Scottish-based mental health service created to help those that need to chat. We focus on evolutionary biology, the development of human behaviour and importantly how our brains change over time. We are involved in active research in this field.

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Dr Martin Hughes


I am not a therapist, I am an evolutionary biologist. I have worked with numerous young adults both face to face and online from across the world.

My approach centres around discussions around your mental state and how it fits into the context of our universe, our planet and our species. Importantly, we will discuss the evolution of you and where you fit in to this amazing, unfolding story. I want to give you a little bit of mental breathing space to regain some control of that amazing brain of yours and get you excited about your future.

I'm extremely interested in the development of human behaviour, how our brains change over time and importantly how we can make our brains work for us. 

I am also the Head of Research & Development at an Australian college, where we are actively involved in projects related to adolescent mental health, working with individuals across the globe.

If you want to start making your brain actively work for you instead of against you, I look forward to hearing from you

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I went to see Dr Hughes when I felt I needed some guidance and direction. He was so approachable and made me feel at ease. His compassion and understanding was what I needed to get my wellbeing back on track.

N. M., 31, Glasgow


Our Philosophy

Every human being is born with the most complex thing ever discovered in our universe. Our brains. Your brain is an amazing thing, it allows you to understand language, interpret the symbols on this page as meaningful words and turns waves into electrochemical signals that we hear as distinct sounds or see as images. Pretty amazing right? But what happens when your brain starts working against you? Your brain might feel like it's stuck on a seemingly never ending cycle producing dark thoughts and emotions. Causing us to dread our future or feel sad about our past. Left unchecked you may feel constant anxiety or depression and feel like it will never end. Please know that this is NOT a permanent state of mind. You are not broken and you will not feel like this forever. Discussing your thoughts and emotions with a neutral person can help us reconfigure how we think and allow us to move forward with our lives. If you want to talk, we want to hear from you.

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School Visits

Our staff have experience working with 50+ schools across Scotland. We offer year group speaking events where students learn about their own evolution, brains and how they fit into the story of our world. To book a school visit, click on the image above.


We currently work on a number of research projects with universities from around the world through the Skillset Senior College Research Institute (SSCRI). We can assist in writing grant proposals, navigating the ethics process and help with experimental design, statistical analysis and manuscript write-up. Find out more by clicking on the image above.

Online Conversations

No matter where you are in the globe, if you want to chat with us we want to chat with you. One silver lining of the pandemic has been increased online connectivity across the world. Book an online session with us over Zoom clicking the image above.

Face to Face Conversations

We have experience working with people who are feeling lost or may be suffering from anxiety and depression. If you feel like you need something to change we want to hear from you. We offer face to face wellbeing sessions in the heart of Glasgow. To book a face to face session click on the image above.

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Get in Touch

If you require any additional information please don't hesitate to reach out. We look forward to hearing from you.

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