Breathe:Create seeks to raise awareness of the importance of good mental health and challenge the stigma associated with mental illness using music, film, photography and other arts. Through music workshops, events, art groups, and community projects, we will support people of any age who may be experiencing mental health problems.
Breathe:Create will also provide support to young carers as part of a respite from their personal circumstances by involving them, for example, in community-driven music projects.
The Shaw Mind Foundation works alongside Superbee Community studio in Ollerton, near our base in Newark, to offer Breathe:Create initially for two days a week – the first session is 22 August 2019. This will allow us to provide half or full day sessions for groups of people, giving them access to creative therapies that they may not encounter on an everyday basis.
Creative therapy such as art, music and writing has also been proven to help provide a therapeutic release for those struggling with mental illness, so we are proud to be able to offer this as part of our Breathe programme.