Celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week 2018!

To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, we are sharing a photographic journey through our Sound and Movement course, currently taking place in Worthing. This course is designed to help empower people with mental health challneges to lose their inhibitions, build confidence and develop their creative potential. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Recovery College and the fantastic Simon Magnus, and thank Sarah Hickson for capturing these beautiful moments of transition.

Movement and Music: We combine sound making and movement to help people embrace making mistakes, develop their resilience and enhance their wellbeing in a supportive group dynamic.

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Stepping out (confidence building and losing inhibitions): The work we do empowers people to step forward and assert themselves, filling the room with fun and freedom to break down insecurities with the full support of the group.

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Interaction and Wellbeing: The work we do brings people together. The people we collaborate with continue to meet and make music beyond our sessions, empowered to independently take their creative skills further. Sometimes it’s just about having a reason to leave the house, knowing that a friendly, supportive group are waiting to meet you, without judgement or question.
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 Co-production: We work in partnership with Sussex Recovery College, co-producing the Sound and Movement course with a peer trainer. This is someone with lived experience of mental health challenges, who can help us as artists make sure that our work has genuine impact.
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Thoughts from our community members….

‘It’s such an unforgiving society. Everything has to be done in a certain way. In this group we’re all embracing messing up and laughing about it and seeing what comes from it.’
‘We turn a negative into a positive here.’
‘It made me feel involved and part of something, included.’
‘It felt like I could do it for hours, I could make a rhythm and go on forever.’
‘I think this has done something to make me a better person. I feel more positive.’

To find out more about this project or if you’re interested in partnering on something similar in your community then please contact hannah@soundcastle.co.uk.

In the meantime join us on Twitter as we take part in #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and celebrate all the incredible work people are doing across the world to support one another and their communities.
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