mental health


The Burkhart Centre is our new women’s mental health service in South Manchester, offering holistic and alternative therapies, peer and recovery support, life skills including money advice, fitness and photography sessions, a café, a charity shop, and lots more! We need volunteers to fundraise, host activities, and support the running of the centre. For more information, take a […]


Season six of the Creative Support Football League at Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre came to a close on Friday 20th June. Everton were crowned Division 1 champions, Wigan topped Division 2, and Stockport Utd won the Social Inclusion Cup! The new season begins on Friday 18th July and there are two places available in Division […]


In our latest blog post, Creative Support service user Paul shares his thoughts on what it takes to be a good support worker. “What makes a good support recovery worker is one who takes interest in our pastimes and hobbies as well as helping us to get better at our own pace. All the staff […]


Press Release: Sandy Lane Gardening Group receives The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service  For all press enquiries, please call Claire Croskery on 0161 236 0829 or email claire.croskery@creativesupport.co.uk


Thursday 6th February is Time to Talk Day. Mental health charities Rethink and Mind are leading the campaign that aims to show that “It’s the little things that make a big difference” when it comes to mental health – such as having a cup of tea and a chat. On Time to Talk Day we […]


Social prescriptions are non-medical interventions used to improve mental health and wellbeing. This means that a doctor ‘prescribes’ treatment to work alongside, or as an alternative to, medication and psychological therapies – offering non-medical support within the community. This new intervention recognises the effect that factors such as social isolation have on mental health. People […]


Smashing the stigma of mental illness was the aim of our special variety show in Manchester last night. Creative Support marked World Mental Health Day with a performance by service users. The event was held at The Frog and Bucket comedy club in Manchester and over a hundred of our service users, family, friends and […]


World Mental Health Day 2013 takes place on Thursday 10th October. Creative Support’s services will be marking the occasion with events and activities around the country all this week. If you’re planning to get involved, email marketing@creativesupport.co.uk to tell us how – We’ll feature the best photos and stories in our upcoming World Mental Health Day special […]


Supermarket giants Asda and Tesco sparked nationwide outrage after selling a ‘mental patient’ costume for Halloween. There has been widespread criticism of the costumes as many felt it stigmatised those with mental illness. Asda’s costume consisted of a blood-stained white coat and fake meat cleaver, and Tesco’s offered a ‘psycho ward’ boiler suit with plastic […]


A big dose of exercise and a hearty dollop of commitment; is this one of the best medicines for mental illness? Doctors have been prescribing exercise, as well as medical treatment, in a bid to boost mental wellbeing and increase activity levels. These exercise on referral schemes follow the mantra of ‘happy heart, happy body, […]


On Wednesday 11th September, Creative Support hosted a stall at Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust’s Hi! Tea event at Manchester Town Hall. On the day, there were information stalls and activities, and the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust held their annual general meeting. The event was free to attend and open […]


Creative Support will be marking World Mental Health Day with a variety show featuring our talented service users! The event takes place on Tuesday 8th October 2013  from 7pm – 11pm at The Frog and Bucket in Manchester city centre Would you like to take part? We’re looking for talented people to perform on the evening. Do you […]


Creative Support stood proud last weekend at the Manchester Pride festival! Pride is about raising awareness and celebrating the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, and this year we did both! Only 46 years ago it was a criminal offence to be homosexual, but now many LGBT people are ‘out’ and their social visibility has […]


Before joining Creative Support, I worked at one of the largest prisons in the UK and have seen, first hand, the negative impact of prison on those with mental illness. 72% of male and 70% of female sentenced prisoners suffer from two or more mental health disorders, and 20% of prisoners have four of the […]


It’s Men’s Health Week! What a brilliant opportunity to raise awareness of men’s mental health problems, tackle the destructive stigma that is attached to it and celebrate the men who speak out. Men make up 94% of the prison population, 90% of rough sleepers are men and men are three times more likely to commit […]


Hi! My name is Lizz and I’ve recently started working for Creative Support. I work in the marketing department at Head Office, though I get to travel around to different projects’ events as part of my job. So far I’ve been to a barbecue in Tameside and to the National Media Museum in Bradford for […]


Creative Support’s football league, in partnership with the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust, is  now halfway through its fourth season. The football league, which takes place once a month at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre, seeks to address the isolation, stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health and emotional wellbeing. It also supports and addresses issues around […]


Yesterday, Time to Change – a programme which aims to end discrimination faced by people with mental health problems – held a Meet the Media event for print journalists. The event – which took place on the same day as a deal to regulate the press was struck – aimed to challenge the myths and […]


Over the past few weeks I have been unashamedly spending an hour of my Thursday nights reminiscing over times gone by whilst watching The Big Reunion on ITV2. For those of you who have not yet viewed this slice of TV magic, the show follows pop bands from the 1990s and 2000s reuniting in preparation […]


The mornings are getting lighter, the sun is shining and it finally feels as though spring is just round the corner. Walking to work on a bright morning really puts me in a good mood for the day ahead – and I happily exchange smiles with strangers as I make my way to the office. […]