Volunteering for Good Mental Health

The Good Mental Health drop-in cafe relies on it’s volunteers to help create a welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

Looking for volunteers with experience of mental ill-health to help with our monthly drop-in cafe events. You’ll need to be interested in what’s available to support people who are worried about feeling stressed, depressed, anxious or socially isolated. Volunteers will help to welcome visitors to the Good Mental Health Cafe, and also introduce and signpost people to support groups and community based services represented at the drop-in cafe.

Click here to register for your free place on the training on 15 August.

Or ring Carolyn on 023 9310 6042 for more information.

Drop in to the Good Mental Health Cafe on 11 July

The Good Mental Health Cafe is a monthly event – every second Wednesday. Our next one is on 11 July, 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.

There are also two free workshops you can go to – one on the support provided by the Carers Centre, and one is a relaxation workshop using art and sounds with Meehalska.

Click here for more information and to book your free place

Trialogue discussions in Southampton and Gosport

Click on the images below to find out more about Trialogues and book your free place at Coffee#1 in Southampton or the Creativity & Wellbeing Centre in Gosport. These are really great opportunities to take part in thought-provoking and inspiring discussions.

Drop in to the June Good Mental Health Cafe for free taster workshops

Next Mental Wealth Trialogue in Gosport 19 May

Keynote Festival Event – It’s About Time!

Welcome to the 3rd Hampshire Festival of the Mind

Interested in joining the Human Library?

The Human Library is an international equalities movement that 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.

Join us at our training workshop next Wednesday 25 April, 1-4pm, at the John Pounds Centre in Portsmouth.

Click here for more details and to register your interest.

Visit the Good Mental Health Drop-In Cafe

Join us for the first Good Mental Health Drop-In Cafe in Portsmouth, on Wednesday 11 April. Held on the 3rd Floor of Portsmouth Central Library in the Lily&Lime Cafe area, we welcome anyone who’s interested in finding out more about how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Information stalls and people from different services and projects in the city will be there – from 2 – 7pm and there’ll be opportunities to just have a cuppa and browse round, or chat with our friendly, welcoming volunteers. You could even try out our on-line software which helps you look at your social support networks and interests, and connects you with local activities.

The drop-in cafe will be regularly held on the second Wednesday of every month. Look forward to seeing you there.

Launch of New Award to celebrate Arts and Humanities in Healthcare

Across the UK academics, health professionals, voluntary organisations and communities (to name just a few) are using arts and humanities research and methodology to look at how we can improve the quality of life and wellbeing of the population. The Health Humanities Medal will celebrate and showcase the amazing work being done in this area by these individuals, teams and organisations.

Applications and nominations will be considered under five categories which cover the broad scope of research, impact and leadership within the field of health humanities. For each category a shortlist of submissions will be drawn up and a winner will be selected. An overall winner will then be selected from the five category winners to receive the Health Humanities Medal for 2018. The categories for 2018 are:

  • Best Research
  • Best Doctoral or Early Career Research
  • Best International Research
  • Inspiration Award
  • Leadership Award

Professor Paul Crawford, at the University of Nottingham, who has led the development of this new award, comments:

 “The arts and humanities are major forces in keeping people well, connecting them socially and restoring them to good health.  Whether it’s music, visual arts, comedy, theatre, storytelling, reading groups, or any of the many other creative practices going on every day, the arts and humanities are like a shadow health service that works quietly and powerfully to transform lives and aid recovery.”

He adds:

“This is the first award of its kind in recognising the value of applying both arts and humanities research to the health of the nation. When I pioneered the field of health humanities in 2007, building a more inclusive vision of health and wellbeing not simply driven by medicine, or focused on the arts, it was the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) that supported this development, so it’s only fitting that the AHRC is playing a key part in launching these awards.”