Friday, 13 October 2017

PHE highlights 8 ways for local areas to prevent mental ill health


New tool identifies the most cost-effective programmes to help prevent mental ill health in local communities.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Over half of NHS doctors considering leaving medical career due to overwork

By Mike Broad - October 6th, 2017

Over half of doctors don’t feel appreciated at work and are considering leaving due to stress, a poll finds.
The survey says nearly two out of three of doctors would consider working abroad to improve their work/life balance.
Most doctors are very aware that they have highly transferable skills and will consider working environments in other countries.
Regionally, doctors in the North and South West are the most overworked and have the highest levels of stress. Northern Ireland comes out on top as the best region to work in.
This survey, of over 1,000 doctors by, represents a snapshot of the sentiment of the medical community at a time of change within UK healthcare.
There is already a shortage of doctors in the UK, but with recruitment campaigns to attract British doctors to other countries the situation looks set to get worse.
Dr Richard Pullinger, Consultant in Emergency Medicine commented: “The decision to apply for medical training is never taken lightly and the prospect of hard work required for a medical career is balanced by the expected rewards of making the lives of the injured and unwell a little better.
“The imperfections of health services can weigh heavily upon the those involved. Recent doctors’ strikes in several countries reflect the tension between rising public demand for healthcare and limitations of available resource.”

Prime Minister announces independent review of the Mental Health Act.

Today (4 October 2017) Theresa May announced an independent review into the Mental Health Act. 

In response, Louise Rubin, Head of Policy and Campaigns, said: 

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of an independent review into the Mental Health Act. Being detained under the Mental Health Act is one of the most serious things that can happen to someone when it comes to their mental health. At over thirty years old, the current legislation is outdated and not in line with the principles of modern health care.
“In the last ten years in England, we’ve seen a 47 per cent rise in the Act[1] being used to detain people, with BAME communities disproportionately affected – this shows that neither the Act, nor wider mental health care, are currently working as they should to support people when they are unwell. Any new legislation to replace the existing Act needs to ensure people with mental health problems have more involvement in decisions about their care.
“Most importantly, overhauling the Mental Health Act needs to be done in full consultation with and led by people with lived experience. People who are at their most unwell need choice, control and dignity and legislation needs to support that. We can’t look at the Act in isolation, without also addressing underlying failures in mental health services that see people ending up in crisis. Changes to legislation need to be in line with the delivery of the ambitious plan to transform mental health services over the next five years.”://


Monday, 9 October 2017

Free Art & Soul Taster Sessions

We are now bookings places on our arts for mental health and wellbeing taster sessions
23 October and 6th November, 11:00 - 1:30

The Exchange
75 London Road

Email info@art& or ring Julia on 07711938921 to book

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Sandra Silberzweig Inspired Artwork

In this session we took inspiration from the unique and inspiring work of Canadian Artist Sandra Silberzweig. Working on black construction paper and with chalk pastels the group explored elements of her work. Initially we had hoped to use glue relief work to outline the images, but although Tacky glue (a personal favourite) leaves a very solid raised surface on the paper, the drying process took several days. So instead we simply used black chalk as an outline.

To complete these images the group focused on a range of elements including:

  • use of line (thick, bold, black)
  • pattern work and texturing
  • repetition
  • filling in the entire space with colour
  • flatness
  • breaking sections into closed shares
  • bold colour use
  • the use of negative space (ie. the images flows off the page)
  • distortion and variety in form and patten
  • blending of analogous colours (colours that are beside each other on the colour wheel)
  • patterns in contrasting (light and dark) colours 
To set the chalk and prevent smudging, the completed images were spayed with one or two coats of cheap hairspray - a much more affordable option than fixative!


Photographs by Stephan Graham    

Art & Soul Exhibition and Private View

An exhibition celebrating World Mental Heath Day and Art & Soul's new Charity Status

Private View, Tuesday 10th October, Old Town Hall, 4:00 -6:00 pm (all welcome)
The Whittaker Ellis Suite,
Told Town Hall
Whittaker Avenue, Richmond

Exhibition continues on to the 31st December, 2017

Arts Health And wellbeing

A link below to the newly published all parliamentary report on Arts, Health and Wellbeing

Creative Health:The Arts for Health andWellbeing