Recovery through the Arts

What does recovery look like for you?

Recovery is such an individual thing. Whether it’s through nature, arts or sports we can find a way that suits us. Here is just one example of the arts produced in recovery.

Poetry

You think I’m happy but all you see,
Is the mask I wear on the outside of me.
You see the smile and her the laugh, but you don’t see the tears that could fill my bath.
Yet when I’m honest and say I feel bad,
When I say I’m angry or that I’m sad.
Some of you don’t get it and some just look away,
Because Vonny my dear isn’t acting herself no not today.
Mental health isn’t understood for silent tears are cried,
But you see these scars upon my skin they tell you I survived.
These are my battle scars and the words I say are true,
This life may have chopped me down but yes my friend I grew!

Photography

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Successful Innovation Fund Grant

Becky’s recovery; an honest account

Suffering with a mental illness can make you feel isolated and like a burden on other people. Futures in Mind are working to change this. I started of as a volunteer with the service, but when my own mental health took a turn I was Read more…

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Help Improve Carer Support

Are you caring for a family member or friend who is unwell, frail or living with a disability?

The Public Office would love to talk with you.

Essex County Council (ECC) knows it needs to improve the quality of information, advice and guidance it currently offers all citizens to make it easier for people to help themselves and find what they need in order to live happy and healthy lives. Read more…

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What is recovery?

Catching up with Nathan’s recovery

Recovery is an individual experience that is unique for us all. What makes a good recovery is whats right for the person.

Nathan took us through recovery month each day with a vlog. He used each day to buy a year back from his 27 year addiction bringing us to the present day. Ten months on and Nathan has brought us up to date with his progress and some key events in his life. Read more…

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April 2017-18 Impact Review

Futures in Mind – Impact Review April 2017-18

Futures in Mind have been in operation for just over a year and the impact of what we have had has been amazing. This service is innovative and inclusive, it has been co-produced with service users and as a result has people at it’s heart.

Some of the outstanding achievements include;

  • Setting up 51 Welcome Cafes and other diversionary activities
  • 11 Volunteers have secured paid employment
  • 237 people have be trained in a variety of areas

Find out about the full range of activities and support that we have on offer please click here.

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Volunteers Week 1-7th June 2018

Celebrating Volunteer Week 2018

Volunteering is an opportunity to share knowledge, use existing and develop new skills but more than that it can bring joy to those you support and to you as the volunteer. One of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing is Give, by giving we too are getting reward. Read more…

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#MentalHealthAwarenessWeek at County Hall

Mental Health Awareness Week – Stress: are we coping?

This year Mental Health Awareness Week (14-2oth May) is about stress. We are all effected by stress in different ways and each have a different level of tolerance. What is important is that we recognise in ourselves what that level of stress is.

Some level of stress is good for us in that it motivates us and drives us to do something. When we don’t have enough we can become demotivated and seem lazy to an outsider. If we have too much stress we start to become distressed and can lead to a breakdown.

Man sitting with head in his knees, stressed, depressed

Self regulation is important in being able to manage our stress. What do you do to relieve or manage your stress? Some things to consider are working on breathing. Making sure that you are slowing your breathing down and are feeling in control of it. Taking a time out, away from the stressor to be able to reflect or calm down.

If stress is impacting on your day-to-day life, maybe consider if that is the right amount of stress for you and what can you do to change it.

We will have a stall at County Hall on Thursday 17th May from 10-4pm so pop along and say hello!

We’d love to hear your thoughts so sign up today and comment below.

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Bank Holiday Closure

A notice to confirm we will be closed this Bank Holiday Monday 7th May. Services will resume as normal on Tuesday 8th May.

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Boxfit group expanding!

Welcoming our newcomers

What a great day, with the sun shining and everyone working out. Exercise has such a positive impact on our health. Along with the new relationships and structured environment recovery doesn’t have to be done alone.

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Harlow Art Group Exhibition

Harlow Art Group Exhibition

The well established Harlow Art Group held a display at the local Harlow Library. The group use this time to express themselves through the art, to relax and to connect. Not good at drawing? Don’t worry, the group will welcome you in and guide you along. It is not about being an accomplished artist but more taking time out for you. Read more…

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