Yearly Archives: 2021

Welcome to our #CelebrateDiversity Learning Disability Month Newsletter!


As part of our yearly theme #CelebrateDiversiy, this month we have been celebrating people with Learning Disabilities! With the help of our fantastic colleagues and service users, we have included information, resources and stories, providing a platform for people to share their own unique experiences and perspectives of Learning Disabilities.…

Introduction to Learning Disability Month

Introduction to Learning Disability Month


Welcome to June and our Learning Disability Month! Throughout the next four weeks, we’ll be sharing lots of articles and information all about learning disabilities to help people better understand what they are and to celebrate and support people with them. Approximately 1.2 million people in England have a learning…

Stigma around Therapy

Stigma around Therapy


When someone says ‘therapy’ you may immediately think of Sigmund Freud, or of someone lay on a long sofa with a therapist sat in a chair by their side. Most people nowadays have an understanding of what therapy is, and many of us have first-hand experiences. But despite accessing therapy…

Psychosis

Psychosis


Psychosis, also known as a psychotic episode, is a period where people experience reality differently to others. Some people see and hear things or hallucinate, where others may experience delusions such as believing something to be true when it’s not. Approximately 3% of the population will experience psychosis at some…

Stigma in Communities

Stigma in Communities


Stigma around mental health can come from many places, including from within our communities and wider society, and even from ourselves. People face many unseen challenges and struggles in their daily lives, and it can be difficult to appreciate how tough it is for some people whose families or friends…

Introduction to Stigma

Introduction to Stigma


Stigma means having a negative idea about something without it being true. There is a lot of stigma out there about mental illness and much of it is fed by outdated information and fear. In recent years there have been more open conversations about mental health which have helped dispel…

Personality Disorders

Personality Disorders


Personality disorders affect many people in the UK, but there’s a lack of clear and truthful information out there that really explains what personality disorders are. They can affect the way people interact with or relate to others, experience emotions, perceive other people and activities, and may experience the world…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety-related disorder that affects approximately 750,000 people in the UK each year. People can experience symptoms of OCD at any time in their lives. Children as young as six have been diagnosed with OCD, and 25% of cases are diagnosed before the age of…

Creative Writing Anthology!

Creative Writing Anthology!


Last year we launched a Creative Writing Competition, with the aim to produce a collection of writing by Creative Support service users and staff. From poems, to short stories, to reflections during lockdown - we hope you enjoy reading the voices that together, have made this anthology! We are delighted…

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders


TW: Food You may have heard lots about Eating Disorders in the media or in popular culture, but there is a lot of misinformation out there about what these disorders actually are and how they affect people. Eating Disorders are a range conditions which lead people to overly control their…

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a condition that many people will have heard of but might not know too much about. ADHD is a disorder which affects people’s behaviour and concentration. Most people are diagnosed with ADHD when they are younger, most likely due to the fact that symptoms…

Intro to Raising Awareness Week

Intro to Raising Awareness Week


This week we’ll be raising awareness of some conditions and sharing information and resources about them. Over the past couple of decades there has been a push for better understanding and support of mental conditions and disorders, but some haven’t had as much visibility or research as others. We hope…

Creative Football Interview

Creative Football Interview


We spoke with Paul, founder of Creative Football, about the journey from kickabouts to a national league! He tells us more about what Creative Football is, how it helps people, and the benefits of keeping active and getting outside. Can you tell me a bit about yourself and about Creative…

Interview with Headplace

Interview with Headplace


We spoke with Owen Byrom, founder of Headplace, an organization looking at how our environments can help us or hinder us. He tells us more about the benefits of the great outdoors and how to bring it inside too. Can you tell me about the work Headplace does and why…

Nature and Mental Health Week

Nature and Mental Health Week


As part of national ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’, this week we’ll be focusing on the theme of nature. We will also be launching our ‘Green Grants’, with more information on this below. Nature has so many proven benefits to our mental wellbeing, and over the past year people have developed…

Introduction to Mental Health Month

Introduction to Mental Health Month


Welcome to May! This month we’ll be focusing on Mental Health and will be sharing articles and stories full of information about mental health and wellbeing . We’ll be talking about mental health disorders, conditions, and other mental health needs along with providing interesting resources. This past year has taken…

Read our latest issue of Creative Life Magazine!


We are pleased to announce that our latest edition of Creative Life magazine is now available to read and enjoy! In this issue, we have included a number of inspirational stories from people across the country who have learnt new skills, helped others and made the best of their time…

Our #CelebratingDiversity Autism Month Newsletter is now available!

Our #CelebratingDiversity Autism Month Newsletter is now available!


As part of our yearly theme #CelebratingDiversiy, this month we have been celebrating autism and neurodiversity! With the help of our fantastic colleagues and service users, we have included information, resources and stories, providing a platform for people to share their own unique experiences and perspectives of autism! By creating…

Introduction to Celebrating Diversity: Autism

Introduction to Celebrating Diversity: Autism


As part of our yearly theme #CelebratingDiversity, this April, we are celebrating Autism and Neurodiversity! Our aim for this month is to share information, resources, and stories. We also hope to provide a platform for people to share their experiences and perspectives. We want to appreciate everyone for their diversity…

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Month Newsletter

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Month Newsletter


To celebrate Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Month 2021, we have collaborated with Service Users, staff, and the Creative Support Anti-Racism Network, to create a bumper newsletter, packed full of facts, recipes, interviews and much more. Click to read the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Month Newsletter Click to read the Black,…