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.
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
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!