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Sharing social struggles through writing

At our fortnightly meet-up of the Forum Theatre in Southsea, we always include a warm up of some kind, usually silly and funny! and often through writing.

Our last session I decided to create a sharing exercise that was so simple, but worked brilliantly. I asked us to consider how we feel in a social setting that we are not comfortable in and write that down in a few words. We then passed this piece of paper on to the next person on our left and then carried on the description of how we might find a challenging social situation. The idea is that each person told a story of their own unique experience, however this was spread over the bits of paper that were being passed around.

The ‘consequence’ of this exercise was that at the end we each read out the piece of paper we were last holding- and told a short story of how uncomfortable it can sometimes be, in a social situation that we want to get away from. It was surprisingly hilarious, mostly because they all read so seamlessly as if only one person had written the whole paragraph.

Here are a  few examples:

“I’m feeling anxious, the knots are rising up in my throat. It’s funny really, I tend to talk and talk. I wish I could swallow. Smoke emerging from my nostrils.”

“I get hot and red faced. I notice how to escape. Raging like a bull inside. I use the Stopp technique- I’m aware about how I feel- it’s ok, ok, ok I feel better- much better. Take a breath and breathe.”

See how good they are?

It was a great sharing exercise. We focus on a lot of techniques like this in our workshops to encourage sharing of difficult feelings but in ways that are comfortable for people and even fun!

If you would like to find out more about what we do then contact us directly and we can chat about any forum theatre and writing workshops that might suit your workplace, school or group.

Healing through creative arts is very accessible, positive and inclusive. We look forward to sharing more soon.


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festival Launch Event ~Amazing day :0)

On the 7th May 2016 we held the big Launch Event for the Hampshire Festival of the Mind and it was incredible !

Key note speaker Professor Paul Crawford, stalls, workshops, creative activities, drama, lifemusic, bellydancing, tai chi, the Labyrinth, exhibitions and much more. An extraordinary and inspiring day. Opened by the Mayor of Portsmouth.



Below is the video of Me and Carolyn’s interview by That’s Solent TV in the roll up to this awesome day!


Calming your Way to Wellness

Over the next few months I will be writing a series of articles called ‘Calming your Way to Wellness’ especially for the Creative Mental Health Guide. This first article explaining the difference between a Yantra and a Mandala is about how the drawing of a Yantra or a personal Mandala helps to soothe and calm the mind.

Give it a go and leave me a comment to let me know how you get on

Yes or No to Uniforms in Mental Health Hospitals

In response to a move by some Mental Health Services to introduce a uniform policy for the nurses working on the wards, we would like to take a survey on how our community feel about this.

The survey will not ask for any details from you but will register your IP address to ensure the form is only completed once. This is important to us, as we want to collect a true representation of the statistics.

Create your own user feedback survey

We will release the results in our next issue of the Creative Mental Health Guide.

Please share this with others!

Thank you

Any problems filling in the survey here you can click this link to open  in survey monkey 

Peer Supporters Global Recognition Day

To celebrate Peer Supporters Global Recognition Day we are sharing an inspiring presentation by Paulissa Kipp at the 2014 Success, Hopes & Dreams Conference Survivor’s Panel, talking about how she became – and why she is now – a Peer Support Specialist.

“It has been a journey, one I have been privileged to grow from and share along the way.”

(please note- trigger warning to  victims of domestic violence)

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day! so to celebrate we are sending out a collection of articles gathered by Carolyn at the Good Mental Health Co-op to give you a selection of relevant and interesting reads for your weekend.  We have also linked some insightful radio interviews from the Tales of the Human Library, I recommend everyone should listen to at least one of these to gain an insight to how serious mental ill-health feels.  To conclude our message of insight and awareness  we have included a fantastic short story that will pull on your heart-strings.  The makers of this video are being featured in our next main issue and we will be talking about their inspiration, motivation and how they created this incredible short movie.

Want a good read over the weekend? check out this collection of interesting articles

don’t miss our last discussion posts ‘thoughts on the works capability assessment’ and ‘primarily obsessional ocd aka pure-o’

Tales of the Human Library


Celebrating Creativity and Good Mental Health

Today, we’re launching a new Crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to support next year’s Hampshire Festival of the Mind in May 2016. We want to raise £5000 to involve 5000 people across Hampshire in creative and arts based activities, workshops and events to improve mental health and wellbeing.

You can help with this campaign right now! I’ve learned that the best way to make Crowdfunding a success is to ask supporters to donate early – then others see that there’s already some support – and sometimes it can even go viral on the internet. Recently I donated towards Cafe Art, a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to produce a calendar of photos of London by homeless people. Helped by the initial donations, the campaign went viral and raised an extra £13,000 on top of their target of £4500.

So please don’t wait, DONATE!. Click below to have a look at what the funding will be used for, and the rewards you can claim for your donation.

Support the Hampshire Festival of the Mind in May 2016

We’ve launched the Crowdfunding campaign during October because, of course, this is the month which features World Mental Health Day. There’s an event to mark this on Friday 9 October in Gosport. On Friday 16 October, you’ll find a Time to Change Village in the centre of Southampton, and on Wednesday 28 October, we’re hosting our third and possibly last Mental Wealth Trialogue in Portsmouth (more Trialogues to come in other areas of Hampshire!).

All best wishes




So after a while of being off the grid, so to speak.  We are back with a new and very much improved online platform!

Please check out how the improved Creative Mental Health Guide looks.  I have loaded the last released issue to start with and plan to release our new content next week.

Please subscribe and leave us your comments and feedback we could love to hear your suggestions and thoughts on our new look.

We plan to use this space for general discussions and will link it to articles in the main CMGuide.  If you have lots to say, you can even sign up to become a blogger on our site!

We welcome open discussion

We will be loading some community rules around social etiquette, and please, if you see anything you think should not be on her please reported to us.

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