‘World Mental Health Day’ 2014 – The Arts and Minds Festival!

CAMHS staff arrived at the Art Gallery at 9am to set up our stalls and banners to create a welcoming, colourful space for professional and public visitors.

Our stall included:  a badge maker, and feelings charts, whilst laptops were available for our visitors to explore CWP CAMHS’ website mymind.org.uk and podcasts. Staff wore t- shirts with service-user developed #StigmaFest logo.

The gallery was bustling with various agencies and charities setting up their stalls. The Festival co-ordinators Mike and Simon from Creative Roots officially opened the festival, along with the Councillor Les Rowlands, Deputy Mayor of Wirral, who spoke about the importance of Mental Health Awareness and Tackling the Stigma associated with it.

Our workshop stall quickly attracted groups of visitors, particularly the badge making activities. Everyone sat around the table together designing and making badges and we talked about how art and creativity can aid wellbeing. Our badge making workshop was so popular, we ran out of badges and we had to pick up further resources to meet the demand!

Throughout the event, staff were busy talking to visitors from agencies, charities, council and the public about CAMHS, giving demonstrations of the Next Step cards, discussing the ‘Tree of Life’ and how CAMHS uses art to enhance young people’s well being and as a means of involving young people in our health care service. Examples of artwork produced by our service-users came from our Education Unit Social Skills Group,  our #YouThink Peer Mentor Project in Schools, Kidstime workshops and MyMind website!

As well as our activities in our stall, we led a 30 minute Mindfulness workshop for 8 visitors. The workshop was very popular and the feedback was very positive.

Throughout the day, staff from all teams across CAMHS came to support the stall. After a very busy day with over 100 visitors, both health professionals and members of the public, we packed up our stuff and said goodbye to the festival…Until next year!


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