30 June 2016

Focus on psychosis

FOP Launch

This summer we are focusing on psychosis as part of our continuing Don't Ignore Your Mental Health (DIYMH) campaign. Over the summer we will raise awareness and understanding of psychosis, increase awareness of possible early signs, signpost help and make suggestions for maintaining good mental health.

To kick things off, at AWP's June Board meeting we screened our new short film about Swindon-based Decent Group's contribution  to Swindon early intervention in psychosis team's new allotment project. Decent Group got involved after one of their employees experienced psychosis and was helped by the early intervention team and they are a great example of an employer understanding the importance and mutual benefit of supporting the mental wellbeing of staff.

Next up is the innovative Reality Check Festival in Kington Langley village hall on 29 July. The festival has been organised collectively by AWP's ever-resourceful early intervention teams and will feature live music and inspiring talks by service users, a music workshop, free refreshments and hand massages - a great way to learn about mental health and celebrate recovery in a festival atmosphere!

Throughout the summer our Don't Ignore Your Mental Health webpages at www.diymh.com will feature information about psychosis, possible early signs that someone is becoming unwell, and tips and suggestions for good mental health - you can also join the action on social media using #DIYMH

We'll have more DIYMH news for you soon, but for now we leave you with a teaser: WHAT on EARTH was Franki from our communications team doing out in the woods in her wellies during work time?

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