Gaining perspective on the commonalities, particularities, and the management of their condition
Feeling part of a non judgemental community that facilitates the understanding of their situation
"I think it will help people express their difficulties more imaginatively. I think it will help to remove stigma, help people say ‘yes, I have a problem’ and I want to do something about it."
Embedded movement sessions which facilitate the raising of awareness of the participants’ physical state
Focus on the participants’ experience where the stress is on the process as opposed to the outcome
"Freer about exploring movement and painting/drawing."
"Feeling physically better, lifted mood, less hopeless, looking forward and pushing myself to get up, being part of something good."
A space to think about what advantages can be found in learning to manage the challenges of their condition
An opportunity to look at their condition from the outside gaining a new perspective
"Encouraged me to suspend judgement - open up my mind for reflection (feelings); found simplicity refreshing."
"[I am] being more courageous, daring to be myself, communicating more about my depression, feel less paranoid."
A rewarding and enjoyable opportunity in gaining new skills: movement, drawing, dance for camera
"I enjoyed following the journey of this group of women. It was very easy to read as a story, starting with working through their personal, internal landscapes, to the joyful, celebratory dance at the end."
"Something new to many of us. Felt very collective and supportive – all interested in each others’ work. Mono-printing freed things up. Could not be perfectionists – more exploratory, playful."
An opportunity to tell a story that can help others to learn more about their condition or that of their loved ones.
An understanding of a complex experience that affects an increasing number of people from different backgrounds and in a variety of ways
A space where their experience is normalised, not judged
"I immensely enjoyed it even though it was challenging sometimes to get there or to keep my emotions in check. I think this would be a fab project for a number of people and groups with other mental health issues."