Creative Mental Health Guide v3-2

Adam Hunford’s “Small Things” visualizes his day in the life of a person living with mental illness. It is raw, truthful and his voice is mighty.

John Smethurst describes his experience of spending time in a psych hospital in a very powerful way and his takeaway. It is a difficult but necessary read about access and the way mental health is viewed.

Please share and read. In this, Mental Health Month, these are the voices that need to be heard. We are here, we are real and we are using our voices as agents of change in a constant state of becoming.

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Out of the Box – the Billion Pound Question for Mental Health

Out.of.the.Box.A4.PosterThis ground breaking event is an opportunity to hear radical alternatives for the future of mental health support services and mentally healthy communities. After hearing from our guest speakers from a range of perspectives, everyone will participate in a World Cafe style event with small group discussions and sharing of ideas and perspectives between the groups.

Taking place on Monday 16 May from 6pm at the St.Lukes Church Hall, Greetham St, Portsmouth, the discussion event continues until 8pm and is then followed by a buffet with more opportunity for networking and informal debate.

Click here for more information and to book your free place.


Join us on Saturday 7 May

HFoTM.EVENT.FLYER simpleThe world’s first Professor of Health Humanities will be joining the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth as the keynote speaker at the launch of the Hampshire Festival of the Mind at Portsmouth Cathedral. Continue reading

Three awesome events coming up soon

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Saturday 16 April: Join us for a Human Library training workshop from 1.30 – 4.30pm.
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Human Library training – Sat April 16th

  • DSC02651The Human Library is an international equalities movement which promotes positive social change in over 60 countries.
  • At a Human Library ‘Books’ are people, and reading is a conversation.
  • Human Books are volunteers who share personal experience to challenge prejudice, stigma and discrimination.
  • The Hampshire Human Library project has been running for 3 years. To find out more about our previous events and our volunteer Human Books, please click here

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Festival launch event at Portsmouth Cathedral

HFoTM.EVENT.FLYER.1Time to officially announce the launch of the Hampshire Festival of the Mind at Portsmouth Cathedral on Saturday 7 May 2016. The event will be opened by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth and keynote speaker Professor Paul Crawford, and will include:

  • Stalls marketplace
  • Pop-up cafe
  • Human Library
  • Interactive creative areas for adults and children
  • Outdoor art installation – the Labyrinth
  • Exhibitions of art, fashion and sculpture
  • Belly dance flash mob

Click here to view the programme of taster workshops, and book your place

Lived Experience Conference in Southampton

Soton UniOn Thursday 25 February, the Health Sciences Faculty at the University of Southampton is hosting a day long conference organised by their Lived Experience Reference Group. Although this is primarily for students studying to become healthcare professionals, the conference is also open to the public.

The day features workshops about lived experience of mental ill-health, recovery communities, service user research, and a therapeutic model in acute mental health services. There’s also a Zappers Theatre production looking at post-natal depression, and we will be offering the Human Library experience all through the day.

If you’re interested in coming along, please contact Sandy Walker via

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Taking Hold of Your Life with Disability

12244829_188685178138950_1537611809619215528_oLow in mood? Worried? Isolated?

Whether you’ve become disabled or always had a disability, life can throw up additional challenges which leave you feeling deflated, defeated and even depressed.

This one day workshop in Portsmouth will help you become:

  • more energised
  • more connected
  • more motivated
  • better equipped to tackle life’s challenges

If you’re interested in joining this workshop, click here to email us. We’ll let you know as soon as dates are finalised.


Human Books on Loan

Soton Uni 2University of Southampton welcomed the Human Library as part of it’s Health and Wellbeing Week in November. Located in the Medical Education foyer, a steady stream of interested readers joined us to challenge stigma and discrimination one conversation at a time.

Mental Wealth Trialogue in October

ChangesJoin ‘Open Dialogue’ events on mental health, and help transform thinking on how better services and healthy communities can be developed.

Find out more about Trialogue meetings held in Portsmouth in 2015.

Supported by the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation