05 October 2016

Focus on psychosis

DIYMH logo_250Over this summer we used our Don't Ignore Your Mental Health (#DIYMH) campaign to help people learn more about psychosis.

Between June and September we created a range of online content to help people understand what it is like to experience psychosis, the early signs and symptoms to be aware of, and how and where to get help. We also took a closer look at the kinds of activities that can help in recovery; the important role employers can play; and we've been busy spreading the word via social media.

All our resources - which include films, podcasts and PDFs - will remain available in the 'experiences' and 'tips and resources' tabs on the psychosis page of our DIYMH web area. We relied on the involvement of our service users, staff and local employers who took part and who openly and eloquently shared their experiences, knowledge and views: massive thanks to everyone who took part and helped out.

Over the summer we became geocaching geeks (kind of a retro version of Pokemon Go but with actual, rather than virtual, finds), setting up DIYH geocaches around our area and promoting it as a healthy, outdoors activity to boost recovery and improve mental health. We also went along to the early intervention in psychosis Reality Check Festival and joined the Swindon early intervention climbing project on Cricklade Leisure Centre's climbing wall when they were interviewed by Ben Prater of BBC Radio Wiltshire's breakfast show and Martin Jones of BBC Points West: both programmes featured the project on 5 October - a great end to our focus on psychosis.

We've met some amazing people, learned loads and hopefully help improve knowledge and understanding of psychosis in our local communities along the way - thanks to everyone who has helped us get the word out there. Don't Ignore Your Mental Health will be back soon…

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