Flight of Ideas at Bethlem Gallery

A Bethlem Gallery showcasing the innovative arts in health initiatives across Europe, 2 – 25 October 2013 10 October World Mental Health Day “To celebrate world mental health day 2013 the Bethlem Gallery is staging an exhibition of postcards made by artists staying and working in hospitals across Europe. Flight of Ideas is an international…

Tempok

Diagnosed with psychosis six years ago, Tempok has submitted some words and art: “A group of masked scientists stand around a TV screen in a stark white room watching a small child while he sits on the floor playing quietly. What is he thinking? Does he know about the accident or that he’s in a…

A call for mental health activists

WEGO Health are looking for contributors… “My name is Susan and I head up the WEGO Health Activist Network – a place where bloggers, tweeters, and facebook leaders come together to share information, learn from one another, and find tools to further their advocacy within the online health community. As you may know, May is…

Jonathan Peirson

“I have suffered depression and anxiety disorders for 16 years which have worsened in the last 5 years leading to loss of my job and confidence. After attending a depression treatment centre 3 years ago I had the chance to do a couple of art therapy sessions which I enjoyed. Since then I have been…

Matt Howard

“I am a service user from Accrington, I have been a service user for approximately 2 years after I was forced to leave my employment due to a physical disability. This unfortunately was the trigger for my increasing depression and anxiety. Over the past 2 years I have been subjected to every kind of therapy…

The Agony – Perry Barclay-Goddard

“THE AGONY started as twelve piece visual opus that allowed me to record and process the journey of my recovery. Divergent from my continued development as an artist these works have been fundamental to my personal reconstruction. Having grown to 20+ individual pieces, the series has not end or definitive number. As with my journey,…

Lorraine Nicholson.

“I am an artist and service user with lived experience of severe depression who has used art and photography to aid recovery.” Lorraine has recently finished work on a book of photography and writing. The central themes of the book are ‘hope’ and ‘recovery’. “I take the metaphor of weather to represent the unfolding journey…

Terence Wilde at Highgate Mental Health Centre.

Last night I went to a private view of Terence Wilde’s work at Highgate Mental Health Centre. I was lucky enough to meet up with Terence, a charming man with a super sense of style. He used to be a fashion print designer but gave it up due to the demands of the job. Terence…

Steve Austin

(Taken from BBC Inside Out> East.) “Mental health patient Steve Austin finds that painting provides a creative outlet for his mind. Steve’s work is the one thing that keeps him going when he starts feeling down.”

Better, Drawn.

A good friend in mental health sent me a link to a website called Better, Drawn. It’s a fantastic site, full of high quality submissions. Basically Better, Drawn is a website for “comics drawn by people with experience of living with long-term mental and physical illnesses.” Below is their explanation of who and what they…