01 August 2016

Checking out Reality Check!

RCFWhen 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 Chippenham Pitstop.

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 confidence.

A massive thanks to Jacob Kelly and the whole Reality Check Festival organising team - you put on an amazing event!

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