Writing Workshop at Brunswick East

Ed, Edd Martin Okoli What: Writing workshop When: Tuesday 14th June Where: Brunswick East, Gillett Street, Dalston, N16 8JH A writing workshop using exercises to help stimulate creativity, explore one’s self, be a bit playful, and enhance a sense of wellbeing. Run by Francesca Baker and Martin Okoli, creative writers and arty folk with a…

FREE Therapeutic Art Group & Creative Writing Workshop (Derby)

More information below flyer… Borderline Arts raise awareness of Borderline Personality Disorder and empower those with with the condition and their care-givers/loved one. We are the only BPD-specific charity in the UK and have some exciting FREE activities coming up… Therapeutic Art Group This is an informal space, where those affected with BPD can get…

Paintings & Words by Sarah Tansey

Sarah Tansey is an artist, writer, burlesque art model and cabaret dancer. She’s also a single mum to an eighteen year old, who found herself in the clutches of paranoid schizophrenia when her son was just nine months old. Waiting until he was an adult to tell her story, Sarah has published a short, cutting,…

National Poetry Day: Life on Mercury

As if the planets had somehow aligned, just in time for National Poetry Day, Alisha contacted us to offer her assistance with our various projects, and also share her writing and poetry. I took a break from MS admin today to add an illustration to one of Alisha’s poems – my favourite one, ‘Surprise Party’….

Robin Williams: Bigger than Life

On the eve of the first anniversary of Robin Williams’ death, we’d like to share this essay, written and submitted to us by the disability artist David Feingold, to shed some light on what it is like to live with bipolar disorder. Although Robin Williams had never stated himself that he suffered from any mental…

Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health

Some time ago, Mental Spaghetti was cited as a resource for further reading in Roberta McDonnell’s book, Creative and Social Support in Mental Health. Roberta has recently got in touch to provide a summary PDF to readers of Mental Spaghetti as the book may prove useful. The book is available to buy, however it’s rather…

The profound value of arts in homelessness

Guest article by Francesca Baker. Image credit: SkidRobot Source: Huffington Post It’s a narrow-minded assumption that the only thing that is needed to alleviate homelessness is homes. Becoming homeless is a complex experience and is rarely just financial, with relationship breakdown, substance abuse, mental health issues and trauma often within the mix. As a result,…

Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health

Mental Spaghetti has been cited as a reference in Roberta McDonnell’s new book, ‘Creativity and Social Support in Mental Health‘. Roberta says, “Hopefully my new book will add to the voices trying to promote positive mental health recovery and a better deal for service users. A short summary of the findings and recommendations in a…

Bold and Indie, the art of Maree.

Today’s post comes from Maree, author of Bold and Indie. Maree is an ’emerging bipolar artist’, having been diagnosed in June 2011 with bipolar type 1. In her blog bio, Maree says “Bold & Indie started half way between Central Victoria and Florence. The artist behind Bold & Indie, Maree lives with her beautiful family,…

Beast by DeLune

Okay, so here is the first piece of writing we have ever published on the site.  We recently received this work, ‘Beast’, from DeLune who describes herself as “an NHS service nutter who writes”. I would love to receive a submission for an illustration to go along with this piece of writing. If you are…