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.”

Volunteers needed!

Click here for for more details and to register your interest

Don’t miss the second Mental Wealth Trialogue in Gosport

Join us on Saturday 3 March, 10.30 – 12.30 for the second of four Mental Wealth Trialogue events in Gosport, sponsored by Healthwatch Hampshire.

Anyone is welcome to attend who has an interest in mental health – whether you’ve had  experience of mental or emotional distress yourself, whether you’re a carer, family member or friend of someone experiencing mental ill-health, or whether you work in mental health services in some shape or form.

Click here to find out more about what a Mental Wealth Trialogue is, and what’s been discussed at Trialogue events held in Portsmouth and Southampton over the past 2 years.

Click here to book your place and let us know you’re coming.

Are You Interested in Hosting this Exhibition in 2018?

100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire – last chance to view exhibition

This exhibition is based on work carried out over the past year on the history of mental health care in Hampshire.

Volunteers have been doing their own research, sharing memories, and collaborating in creative activities, including poetry, art and drama, to bring all this information to life.

Funded by the Heritage Lottery, and supported by the Portsmouth History Centre – the exhibition is on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library until Friday 15 December.

Opening event for mental health heritage exhibition

New Mental Wealth Trialogue in Gosport

Thanks to Healthwatch Hampshire, we’re hosting four Mental Wealth Trialogue events in Gosport. The first of these is on Wednesday, 29th November from 4-6pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend who has an interest in mental health – whether you’ve had lived experience, whether you’re a carer, family member or friend of someone experiencing mental ill-health, or whether you work in mental health services in some shape or form.

Click here to find out more about what a Mental Wealth Trialogue is, and what’s been discussed at Trialogue events held in Portsmouth and Southampton over the past 2 years.

Click here to book your place and let us know you’re coming.