06 September 2013

Ain’t no stopping us now!

A film called 'Gaining Ground' group has been written, directed and produced by eight service users of the Early Intervention for Psychosis service.

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The film describes the group member's experiences of mental health problems and promotes and describes the process of recovery. It is a fantastic achievement for all involved.  

With support from the Create studios team and MIND Swindon, the group devised the film, learnt production and post production skills in filming, sound recording and editing.  They also composed and performed the film's soundtrack which is now being made into a music video.

Chris Haynes Support Worker says: "The best way of working with our young client group is through 'here and now' activities. These take the emphasis off the illness and on the person and are a powerful way of encouraging clients to use psychological strategies, build confidence and support each other. We  have been working through a variety of sport based activities such as badminton, football and climbing, but realised that music and arts are of real interest to more young people. This is what gave us the idea for this project."

The project was a unique and special experience with one group member saying "Even in the second week I felt for the first time in a very long time that I was part of something that made sense.... something that was extraordinarily different to anything I had experienced before." The group are already planning another media based project. 

Gaining ground was entered in the Wiltshire-wide Preloader Film Festival and came joint third in the Swindon heat and second in the audience vote in the final at the Salisbury Art Centre.

The film has now had its third premiere on 11 September at the Working Together in Mental Health event at the Jury Inn Swindon, and can be seen below!

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