Volunteering for Good Mental Health

We’re looking for more peer support volunteers to help with our Good Mental Health Cafe, a monthly drop-in event for people who are worrried about their own mental health, or that of a friend or family member, or those who are feeling socially isolated or just want to find out more about what’s available in their local community.

Our volunteers help to create a welcoming, friendly atmosphere in the Lily & Lime Cafe area on the Third Floor of Portsmouth Central Library. You’ll find out how to signpost people to the various stalls available, and how to help visitors engage with the Cafe activities. You will also learn about Genie, an online tool which helps people map out their social support networks and find activities in the local area which they might be interested in getting involved with.

The commitment is to support the drop-in event every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 14.00 – 18.30. There are opportunities to get involved with the Human Library, creative activities and attend some of our free workshops too.

We are particularly looking for volunteers with past experience of mental ill-health in some form, but anyone who is interested is welcome.

Click here to register your interest

Showing of award winning film ‘Antelope’ 13 February

‘Antelope’ is a short film based on writer/director Ben Grace’s experience of being sectioned at Antelope House after a suicide attempt in 2012, and his struggles to re-establish relationships with his family after being released.

‘Antelope’ has been screened at numerous film festivals across Europe, including as part of Ideas For Wellbeing, an evening of short film and discussion of mental health, an event co-produced by Healthwatch Southampton and Touch Network as part of Southampton Film Week.

I struggle to find the words to describe what Antelope means to me. It is a real, honest and beautiful portrayal of what it is to be human – with or without a mental health struggle. It treads the fine line of hope and despair that many of us battle with on a daily basis. It has touched my soul deeply.  Debs Carter, Touching Lives

In December 2017, ‘Antelope’ won the Technical Jury Prize (Best Film for the Meglio Matti Che Corti 2017 competition in Modena, Italy, a national competition under the Percorto initiative program promoted by Dipartimento di Salute Mentale e Dipendenze Patologiche (Department of Mental Health and Pathological Addictions) in Italy.

You can see ‘Antelope’ as part of the Good Mental Health Drop-In Cafe on Wednesday 13 February, at 4pm in Portsmouth Central Library. Film maker Ben Grace will introduce the showing and there’ll be opportunity for discussion afterwards.

Click here to reserve your free place for the film showing

Time to Stress Less and Take Care of Your Mental Wellbeing

The Good Mental Health Cafe is a monthly event – every second Wednesday. Our next one is Wednesday 9 January, so why not call in between 2 and 6pm?

Have a cuppa at the Lily&Lime Cafe, browse the stalls and chat to people from local support groups and services. Find out more about what’s going on in your area. Have an inspiring conversation with a Book from the Human Library. While away some time in our Creativity Corner, or book a session with our ‘on-line Genie’ to explore local opportunities that are right for you.

There are also two free taster workshops you can go to – The Power of Self Esteem with Maria Ganderton, and Words to Live By, with Lucy Weavind.

Click here to find out more and register your interest

Prepare for Christmas with the Good Mental Health Cafe

The Good Mental Health Cafe is a monthly event – every second Wednesday. Our next one is Wednesday 12 December, so why not call in between 2 and 6pm?

Have a cuppa at the Lily&Lime Cafe, browse the stalls and chat to people from local support groups and services. Find out more about what’s going on in your area. While away some time in our Creativity Corner, or book a session with our ‘on-line Genie’ to explore local opportunities that are right for you.

There are also two free taster workshops you can go to – Short Story Writing, with Christine Lawrence, and Mindfulness with Carolyn Barber .

Click here to find out more and register your interest

Join us at the Good Mental Health drop-in cafe on Wed 14 Nov

The Good Mental Health Cafe is a monthly event – every second Wednesday. Our next one is this Wednesday 14 November, so why not call in?

Have a cuppa at the Lily&Lime Cafe, browse the stalls and chat to people from local support groups and services. Find out more about what’s going on in your area. Take a look at the Human Library, while away some time in our Creativity Corner, or try out the on-line Genie tool to explore opportunities that are right for you.

There are also two free taster workshops you can go to – Find Your Voice, a singing and percussion workshop with Janet Ayers, and Control Your Comfort Spend with Ann Carver .

Click here for more information and to book your free place

Next Mental Wealth Trialogue event in Southampton

Drop-in to our Cafe on World Mental Health Day

Click on the image to find out more and register your interest

Fort Brockhurst hosts mental health heritage exhibition

Our exhibition of 100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire had another outing as part of 5 days of Heritage Open Days in Gosport. Located in Fort Brockhurst, the exhibition proved a great success with visitors, many of whom came to share their own stories and experiences of mental health care. Over 700 people viewed and engaged with the exhibition, ably hosted by volunteer Mike Williams who had taken part in the heritage project during 2017.

Events in Southampton – It’s About Hope!

Here are some events coming up in Southampton as part of the Hampshire Festival of the Mind:

Thursday 6 September, 6-8pm, Booth Cafe, Oxford Road, SO14 3DL

Mental Wealth Trialogue – facilitated open dialogue discussion event to explore issues around mental health and wellbeing. Click here for more info

Monday 10 September, 11am – 4pm, Central Baptist Church, Devonshire Road, SO15 2GY

Keeping the Hope Day – keynote event for National Suicide Prevention Day. Stalls, creative workshops, exhibitions, Stories of Hope and more … click here for more info

Tuesday 11 September, 6 – 7.30am, meet Hawthorns Cafe, Southampton Common

Walk of Hope – Walking from darkness into the light. Join us for a 3km walk into the dawn at 6.29am. Free bacon butties and cuppa for first 30 people to register. Click here for more info 

Click here to see the full programme of events

Upcoming Trialogue events in Gosport and Southampton

We have two more Mental Wealth Trialogue events coming up soon.

On Thursday 6th September, we’re meeting in the Booth Cafe, Oxford Street, Southampton from 6-8pm. And on Saturday 8th September we’re meeting in the Creativity & Wellbeing Centre, North Street, Gosport, from 10.30am – 12.30pm.

Within our community there is a huge diversity of knowledge and experience about mental health, that we like to call ‘Mental Wealth’. The Good Mental Health Cooperative have been hosting Trialogue events in Portsmouth, Gosport and Southampton since 2015, as a means of communicating about mental health through a powerful open dialogue and participatory process. Find out more about Trialogues and the discussions from previous events here.

Trialogue meetings are welcoming and inclusive of all community members, including service users, carers, families, friends, professionals and anyone with an interest in good mental health in the community.

To find out more and register for your free place, click on these links:

Southampton, 6 September 2018

Gosport, 8 September 2018