A national creative campaign that aimed to raise awareness about mental health and encourage people to look at it with a positive perception have published the result of their work with two music singles and an inspirational self help guide.
Rethink your Mind is a positive mental health project, backed by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, that challenged people to submit poetry, artwork and photography ideas showcasing their answer to the statement – “With good mental health I have……”
The music singles, produced by music professionals and featuring some of the challenge winners will be released on 7th October before the Yellow Book is launched on World Mental Health Day – Thursday 10 October by project supporter Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.
The powerful self-help mental health guide will be available for free for people who require mental health support, together with their families, friends and anyone who wants to find out more. Endorsed by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Yellow Book includes information on recovery and wellbeing practices.
The Yellow Book also signposts readers to a huge range of supporting organisations and contains 46 pieces of uplifting artwork and poetry from the nationwide competition.
Rethink Your Mind project manager Peter Hirst, who was diagnosed with bipolar in his early 20s, said “I am over the moon with the result.
“I have been through very challenging times with my mental health, which in turn affected my family and friends.
“I was inspired to create this project for everyone having challenging times with mental health. The wellbeing material developed for this free publication is wonderful. I wanted everyone to have access to that and all the other life enhancing information included.
“This is ultimately a book of hope and a book of support. It is a gift. Please pass it on.”
Dawn Stephenson, director of corporate development at the Trust said, “We are proud to support the Rethink your Mind challenge.
“This campaign highlights how involvement in creative activities can improve people’s mental wellbeing, which fits in really well with our organisation’s Creative Minds initiative.
“Creative Minds is our commitment to encourage the use of creative approaches in healthcare and promote more opportunities for individuals and groups to develop and grow creatively.”