Healing power of creativity showcased in new NHS videos


Over one-hundred people across Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield feature in a new series of videos produced by a local NHS trust.

The videos showcase the creative potential of people involved in Creative Minds projects – a community partnership initiative run by South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Each video features a different area the Trust provides services in and describes more about the work Creative Minds is doing to help people in those communities. They also explore the science behind creativity and how it can help support recovery and improve wellbeing.

The videos are introduced by the Trust’s Chief Executive, Steven Michael, who explains how important the partnerships built through Creative Minds projects are “Our Creative Minds initiative allows local projects to work in partnership with the Trust to provide innovative creative projects for people to help improve their health and wellbeing.”

“Within us there lies inherent creative potential, whether it be through dance, drawing, painting, singing or sport, we all have creativity within us and Creative Minds is about releasing that creative potential to support people’s recovery.”

“The mission of our organisation is to enable people to realise their potential and to live well in their communities, and Creative Minds supports just that.”

Debs Taylor is involved in a Creative Minds project that completely changed her life “I’m a totally different person to the one that walked through that door. I was a quivering, shivering wreck on 21 tablets a day – 20 months later I’ve been off medication for nine months and my children are amazed that one person can change in such a short space of time.”

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation provides mental health, learning disability and community services to local people in Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust also provides some medium secure (forensic) services to the whole of Yorkshire and the Humber.

View the films.

Healing power of creativity showcased in new NHS videos

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