Workshop discusses mental health

thisisoxfordshire: Louise Longson Louise Longson

AN art workshop with a Mad Hatter theme will encourage people to talk about mental health this week.

Part of the national Time to Change scheme which aims to lift the stigma attached to mental health issues, the Mad Hatter’s Tea (& Arty) Party is free and will take place at the Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Oxford, from 1-3pm on Saturday.

Inspired by Oxford don Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and by Pablo Picasso’s famous napkin and tablecloth drawings, the event is being run by Oxford-based charity, The Archway Foundation, in partnership with Oxford Brookes University, Dance Mania (Moving for Change) and local artist Alison Berrett. Participants will be able to talk to people who have experienced mental health issues, as well as experimenting with art and poetry and also enjoying tea and cake provided by the Depressed Cake Shop.

Louise Longson from the Archway Foundation said: “One in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem in any given year. Yet nine out of 10 say they have experienced stigma and discrimination, so it really is time to talk.

“Write a story on a tablecloth, a poem on a plate, make a mask, make a hat, paint, draw and doodle – the possibilities are as boundless as your creativity.”

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5:52pm Thu 27 Mar 14

HAROLDAMAIO says...

the stigma attached to mental health issues

Your words in reailty are:

the stigma –you-- attached to mental health issues

You can stop.

I trust no one claiming a “stigma.” See rape/stigma for why, you seem to have forgotten.

Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor
the stigma attached to mental health issues Your words in reailty are: the stigma –you-- attached to mental health issues You can stop. I trust no one claiming a “stigma.” See rape/stigma for why, you seem to have forgotten. Harold A. Maio, retired mental health editor HAROLDAMAIO
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7:33am Fri 28 Mar 14

Roger Spear says...

Time to Change is a nationwide initiative, not just someone's personal opinion. It is widely recognised that in the UK a mental health condition can lead tio stigma and discrimination. The initiative is funded by the very large charities Mind and Rethink, and funded by the Big Lottery, Comic Relief and the Department of Health. I do not think these bodies would be taking time to create and fund such large-scale initiatives if this were not a well-researched and widely recognised concern. I suggest you take a look at http://www.time-to-c
hange.org.uk/ and do a bit more reading around what Time to Change and its grant-funded projects are doing and why. Just to quote form the website: "Mental health problems are common - but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination." So I think you will find that, yes, many people are claiming that such stigma exists and that they face discrimination as a result.
Time to Change is a nationwide initiative, not just someone's personal opinion. It is widely recognised that in the UK a mental health condition can lead tio stigma and discrimination. The initiative is funded by the very large charities Mind and Rethink, and funded by the Big Lottery, Comic Relief and the Department of Health. I do not think these bodies would be taking time to create and fund such large-scale initiatives if this were not a well-researched and widely recognised concern. I suggest you take a look at http://www.time-to-c hange.org.uk/ and do a bit more reading around what Time to Change and its grant-funded projects are doing and why. Just to quote form the website: "Mental health problems are common - but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination." So I think you will find that, yes, many people are claiming that such stigma exists and that they face discrimination as a result. Roger Spear
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7:54am Fri 28 Mar 14

LouiseLongson says...

Hello,

Just to let you know a small change in times - the event will be open from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. If you arrive early, don't worry - we can make you a lovely cuppa while we set up!

Hope to see you there!
Hello, Just to let you know a small change in times - the event will be open from 1.30pm - 4.30pm. If you arrive early, don't worry - we can make you a lovely cuppa while we set up! Hope to see you there! LouiseLongson
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