mental health


Looking to relax? Want to challenge yourself to be creative? Feeling in need of a little support and help with low mood, anxiety or other health issues? Hoping to support someone you know through creative activity? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then check out Start2. What is Start2? Start2 is […]


Check out the flashmob which some of our staff and service users in Birmingham took part in on the 10th December! A flashmob is a group of people who appear out of nowhere to perform an action in sync. Service users, family and friends, volunteers and professionals got together to publicly dance to ‘Cha Cha […]


This week saw the winners of the Mind Media Awards announced by Stephen Fry at a ceremony in London. The annual event aims to celebrate open, honest and fair portrayal of mental health in newspapers, online, and on television and radio. The full list of prize categories and winners was as follows: Factual Entertainment – Piers […]


Schizophrenia is characterized by paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, disordered thinking, social withdrawal and cognition problems, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you or someone you love suffers from schizophrenia, you know first-hand how this serious mental illness can affect life. Typically, schizophrenia is treated through the use of medications and psychotherapy. However, alongside […]


Earlier this week I was delighted to hear that the Home Secretary, Theresa May, had blocked the extradition of Gary McKinnon to the United States. The American authorities had been engaged in a seven-year battle to get McKinnon, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, sent to the U.S. to face charges with an attached prison sentence of […]


People can develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they have been the victim of, or witness to, a traumatic event. This could include a serious accident, a natural disaster, a violent crime, or domestic violence. This list is certainly not exhaustive, and some people may have experienced many traumatic events over a period of […]


Many of the people that we support, and in the wider community, suffer from chronic conditions that cause them to feel pain or tiredness throughout the day. Conditions such as Lupus, ME and Fibromyalgia can leave you feeling incredibly drained, with no warning about when your symptoms will flare up. This means that you can […]


Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day and our services are holding events and activities around the country to commemorate the occasion. The aim of World Mental Health Day is to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services. […]


Creative Support runs a Social Inclusion Service based in Blackburn. The service aims to support service users with mental health needs to feel included in their community. Service users can also get involved in the project through volunteering. As well as encouraging our current service users, Creative Support seeks to involve service users who have […]


Following the closure of an inspirational summer of sports, Dame Kelly Holmes has revealed that she self harmed on a number of occasions before her victory at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Holmes was apparently driven to cut her arms and chest after growing pressure to succeed in her sport, and due to a prolonged […]


Plans for our service user art exhibition are now well underway. The deadline for artwork has passed and we are seriously impressed by the hard work and talent which is evident in the photographs, paintings, sculptures and craftworks we have received from service users living with a mental health need, or a learning disability. The […]


Creative Support’s new Mental Health Hub and Spoke Recovery Service, commissioned by the Birmingham Primary Care Team, was recently launched in the West Midlands. The launch day was a great success with over 100 people, including service users, staff and representatives from local agencies, in attendance. The building was buzzing with visitors taking advantage of […]