01 August 2016
Checking out Reality Check!
When the music started, the sun came out!
That pretty much sums up Friday's Reality Check Festival,
organised by early intervention staff and service users from across
the Trust. Kington Langley village hall was the place to be as
service users, their families and friends, staff, interested public
and a range of stallholders got into the summer vibe.
Great live music was provided throughout the day by Tom, Sam,
Holly and Rob, each of whom has been affected by psychosis. The
audience was fuelled by incredible tasting vegan curries from
Mahesh and his pop-up café, and Soundwell music therapy ran a
series of sessions resulting in some impressively melodic jams.
Stallholders in the main hall included Westonbirt Arboretum, who
provide woodland crafts activities for young people affected by
mental ill-health, the Prince's Trust, Second Step, Rethink, AWP's
research and development team, the Swindon early intervention
climbing project, the AWP communications team's Don't Ignore Your Mental
Health (DIYMH) campaign and the Bristol Health Partners
psychosis health integration team, who also did a short talk.
The field outside featured a chillout tent, games and a
DIYMH geocaching taster with a prize for the first-to-find
of a family breakfast voucher kindly donated by our friends at
The Reality Check Festival highlighted that psychosis does not
define those who experience it. The festival generated a positive,
celebratory environment in which people felt safe being open about
their experiences; performers and festival-goers alike demonstrated
that people can come out of psychosis stronger and with
A massive thanks to Jacob Kelly and the whole Reality Check
Festival organising team - you put on an amazing event!