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Mental Wealth Academy

Courses by the Good Mental Health Cooperative

At the Good Mental Health Cooperative, we believe that connecting with others, and informal arts and wellbeing learning activities, are really important ways to take care of our mental health, and build the emotional resilience we need to get though these difficult times.

Hooked On Words with Maggie Sawkins

Creative Writing

Maggie has provided creative writing workshops for organisations including The Poetry School, Anvil Arts, MIND, Mayflower Theatre, HMP Erlestoke, St James’ Hospital, as well as poetry and performance workshops including at New Theatre Royal and Kings Theatre in Portsmouth. She has also delivered projects such as ‘Finding the Words’ for people living with dementia, ‘The Last Hour’ at the D-Day Museum, ‘Poetry for Emotional Well being’ at Portsmouth City Girls School, and ‘Hooked on Words’ at Cranstoun Community Drug Action.

Art with Janet Ayers

Everyone can create!

Janet has a teaching style that can support anyone to create amazing things, even if you have never done art before. Janet uses techniques that will help you free up the barriers that have been holding you back allowing free expression to move that will enable you to achieve art you will be proud of.

Katie Holland

Sacred Dance

Shifting focus from the usually expected outer form of belly dance to heart centred intuitive, healing movements. Katie will guide you to transform, transmute and embody your authentic, sovereign bellydancer. Discovering a new paradigm of bellydance; overflowing with self-empowerment, whilst embracing your passion, sensitivity and power.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Sarah Haskett CBT Therapist

I deliver psychotherapy for a range of common mental health problems such as depression, low self-esteem, general anxiety, panic, health anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD and obsessive compulsive issues.

What is CBT? Based on identifying problematic cycles and finding new ways to respond and think about the problems we are faced with, to move forward and feel better

Real Stories from Real People

taking out a living book

Conversations about personal life experiences to challenge stigma and discrimination. Our inspirational volunteers become ‘living books’ to share their stories, and give you the opportunity to ask the questions you wouldn’t normally ask. Books Alive! is an innovative project designed to promote dialogue, reduce prejudices and encourage understanding. The main characteristics of the project are to be found in its simplicity and positive approach – a mobile collection of ‘Books’ where visitors are given the opportunity to speak informally with ‘people on loan’; where the ‘Books’ are people and reading is a conversation.

Trialogue Groups

Mental health is often seen as the domain of service providers, carers and the people who use the mental health services. However, within communities there is a huge diversity of knowledge and experience that can be used to transform the way we discuss and develop our understanding of mental health generally.

‘Trialogue’ groups already exist in many places in Europe and can help communities to change the perception that only those who work in the field of mental health are the experts in mental health.

A ‘Trialogue’ group is a neutral space where communities can gather to develop their understanding of mental health issues, including the challenges of maintaining good mental health, and to transform thinking on developing better services and healthy communities.

Trialogue meetings are welcoming and inclusive of all community members, including mental health service users, carers, families friends, professionals and anyone with an interest in good mental health and wellbeing in the community.

Mental health is everyone’s business, regardless of their background and experience.

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