RETHINK YOUR MIND
JOINING FORCES NATIONWIDE TO POWER MENTAL HEALTH INTO THE SPOTLIGHT
MENTALhealth groups across the country are being given a golden opportunity to join celebrities and headline-making experts in a powerful push to blast mental health into the spotlight.
Rethink Your Mind is offering a free platform to organisations in a grassroots-born nation-wide creative project that will culminate in a grand prize presentation at the House of Lords, hosted by supporter Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE.
Other supporters include national charity Time to Change, Coronation Street and Full Monty star Steve Huison, acclaimed artist Gary Hodges, poet Jean Binta Breeze and 20 NHS Trusts around the country.
They are adding their weight to the project that will combine a celebration of creative genius with producing a mental health help guide that will link up support organisations with the people who need them most.
Launched by Leicester-based community interest company SISO (Safe Inside, Safe Outside) and Citizens Eye’s mental health news agency, Rethink Your Mind will start a nation-wide search for winning words and artwork on the theme of positivity towards mental health on World Mental Health Day in October 2012.
But the organisation’s website www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk has already gone live as they build the information resource to offer support to anyone who logs on.
Acclaimed poets photographers and artists will assess the entries, which will be celebrated on the website and in a hard-back book with a foreword by Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE, former Chair of Mental Health Act Commission and currently Shadow Minister for Communities.
Selected words and illustrations will also feature on two music singles by Refuge and Hip Hop artist Colo Bond.
“The book and website will be packed with information, advice and contacts to make it a valuable resource for everyone, as well as an instant support network for anyone who needs it,” says Refuge lead singer Peter Hirst, who has Bipolar Disorder himself.
“We want to involve as many charities and organisations as possible - all with the common goal of improving lives, and ensuring as many people as possible are talking about what must be most common and yet the least-discussed issue in the world - mental health.
“But there is a lot of support out there, and this project will highlight that. We’re offering space for five local mental health organisations in every supporting Trust’s area, on a first come basis. All your readers have to do is contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
The competition will be launched on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2012. The 46 winners will be announced in March 2013.
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