Words Are A Powerful Tool When It Comes To Mental Health
As mental health awareness week draws to a close, we learnt that words can be a powerful toolAnd that speaking up and seeking help, can be the start of the journey to good mental wellbeing. And so at a spoken word and music event held at Portsmouth's Square Tower , poets and musicians shared how issues surrounding this subject inspired their creativity.
Posted by That's TV Solent on Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Louisa Campbell and her new poetry collection, THE WARD which brings to life her experiences both as a Registered Mental Health Nurse and psychiatric patient. Peopl with catatonia, schizophrenia, depression, paranoia, mania, anorexia and alcoholism speak out from the pages, as well as the nurses trying to care for them.
John O’Donaghue – the author of the memoir Sectioned: A Life Interrupted (John Murray, 2009) which was awarded MIND Book of The Year 2010. His most recent book is The King from the Water, 26 linked short stories set during his childhood summer holidays in Ireland, publishes by the Wild Geese Press in March 2019. He was Chair of Survivors’ Poetry 2000-2005 and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Brighton.
With music from:
Crossing the Line: an eclectic mix ranging from Americana, blue grass to folk and blues …
Martin Heys: guitar, harmonicas, vocals
Martin Kennard: bass, fiddle, accordion, ukulele, harmonicas, vocal and much more!
Nick Manley: mandolin, guitar, vocals
If you’re feeling lonely or socially isolated, it can be really hard to know where to start making connections with other people. There’s so much information out there but how do you decide what’s the right direction for you, and just how do you make those first steps? At the monthly Good Mental Health Cafe events, there’s an opportunity to try out the on-line Genie programme with one of our friendly volunteers.
Genie helps you to think about your current social support network, however limited that might feel, and then takes you through a series of questions to identify what are your main interests and priorities. You’re then able to view a database search of local activities and support resources which link to your own priorities, while at the same time helping you think about who can support you to make contact and get involved.
Honestly, it really does work! Here’s some recent feedback:
I was so impressed with the session yesterday. It was run really well. You made us feel very welcome and were also gentle/sensitive to the person I was supporting. All your team were so friendly and helpful. This session certainly helped us to start thinking/talking about positive/new things this person can do. The Genie tool was a great aid in this.
Join us for free workshops on Wednesday 10 April, at the Good Mental Health Drop-in Cafe.
The Drop-in runs from 2 – 6pm at the Lily&Lime Cafe space on the 3rd Floor of Portsmouth Central Library.
The workshops are:
4 – 5pm Understanding Anxiety with Dr.Sandra Walker
5.30 – 6.30pm 3D Print Roadshow with the Makers Guild
Click here for more details and to book your place
Join us for the Good Mental Health Cafe drop-in event on Wednesday 13 March. Open from 2 – 6pm, you can call in anytime at the Lily&Lime Cafe, 3rd Floor of the Portsmouth Central Library.
There are plenty of friendly volunteers to chat to, and stalls to find out information from. You can book in for a conversation with the Human Library, relax in our Creativity Corner, or just sit down for a cuppa or snack from £1.
You may want to take part in an on-line programme called Genie which helps you find the support and activities you’re looking for in the local community.
Every month we also run free taster workshops. On 13 March, local poet Maggie Sawkins will be running a journal writing workshop from 4-5pm, and Carolyn Barber from the Good Mental Health Coop will be doing an introduction to mindfulness from 5.30 – 6.30pm.
Click here to register for workshops or just to call in and look around
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
‘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
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
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
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