Extraordinary people behind Ground-breaking Yellow Book
A CHORUS of extraordinary people have come together for a startling fanfare to herald the launch of a unique and brightly positive book as a free gift of support for everyone.
Two new singles, released on October 7 and produced by music professionals and a band of competition winners, will start the drum roll for the World Mental Health Day launch of the ground-breaking Yellow Book from the award-winning Rethink Your Mind project.
The powerful self-help mental health guide will be available for free for people who require mental health support, together with their families, friends and anyone who wants to find out more about a subject that affects everyone but is still largely undiscussed.
It's endorsed by the NHS Confederation Mental Health Network, the Institute of Psychiatry and the Royal College of Psychiatrists who each supply information on recovery, alongside 20 pages of leading edge Wellbeing material from Leicester-based SISO (Safe Inside Safe Outside), from whence the project sprang. It also had support from the city's Citizens' Eye.
The Yellow Book also signposts readers to a huge range of supporting organisations and contains 46 pieces of gloriously uplifting artwork and poetry from a nationwide competition.
Six winning poems and artwork, inspired by the question 'with good mental health I have...', were specially selected by acclaimed judges, including poet Jean Binta Breeze MBE and artist Gary Hodges. They feature on acoustic band Refuge's single This World and Rubie Colt's urban fusion release I Feel Life.
Both singles are also available for free download from www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk, as well as iTunes. The book can be downloaded for free too too, and 8.800 copies have been printed for distribution nationally, including books for all the 38 NHS Trusts who signed up to the project.
The Yellow Book launch, at Leicestershire's Rothley Court Hotel on October 10, will be opened by long-time project supporter and SISO patron Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and will be attended by dignitaries, professionals and voluntary organisations.
It will also be a momentous celebration for Rethink Your Mind Project Manager Peter Hirst.
He has spent nearly 18 months developing the work, which won the 2013 Laing and Buisson Independent Specialist Care Award for Service Excellence.
"I am over the moon with the result," says Peter, who is a SISO Development Worker, a lead singer with Refuge and knows first hand how important support is when you're struggling.
"I have been through very challenging times with my mental health, which in turn affected my family and friends," adds Peter, who was diagnosed with bipolar in his early 20s
"I was inspired to create this project for everyone having challenging times with mental health. The Wellbeing material developed from the SISO toolkit for this free publication is wonderful. I wanted everyone to have access to that and all the other life enhancing information included.
"This is ultimately a book of hope and a book of support. It is a gift. Please pass it on."
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Peter Hirst, the Project Manager of Rethink Your Mind, is available for interview and we also have a selection of photographs, including the album covers, for your free use.
2. Refuge's This World and Rubie Colt's urban fusion release I Feel Life are available from October 7 for free download from www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk, and from iTunes.
3. The CDs feature artwork and poetry from: Andy Gardiner, Tiverton, Devon (Rubie Colt CD cover artwork); David Holloway, Bedford (B side Rubie Colt CD poem); Saiqa Parveen, Halifax (B side Refuge CD poem); Stephanie Rose, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland (A side Refuge CD lyrics); Lucy Whitehouse, Worcestershire (Refuge CD cover artwork); Ella Zellaby, Rochester, Kent (A side Rubie Colt CD Lyrics).
4. The Yellow Book signposts readers to 38 NHS Trusts and 21 support organisations, including YoungMinds, Time to Change, Rethink and the Samaritans. A full list is available from the website.
5. The competition judges were: Artist Gary Hodges: Poet and Performer Jean Binta Breeze MBE; Photographer and Printmaker Jenny Escritt; Steven McLoughlin artist, Keith Cooper Photographer Poet and Performer Lydia Towsey; Poet and Performer Adam Horovitz; Artist Sally Waterman.
6. SISO empowers mental health service users to become valued, active members of their communities and works to reduce stigma associated with mental health. SISO promotes self-management, hope and optimism. For more information please log onto www.s-i-s-o.org.uk
7. For more information about Citizens' Eye, please log onto www.citizenseye.org
8. To organise interviews, and for further information, please contact Crucial PR at firstname.lastname@example.org