“I have come to learn, through RE:CREATE Psychiatry, that during every encounter with a patient a psychiatrist can nudge that person toward health or nudge them back toward illness.” Dr Elinor Hynes
RE:CREATE Psychiatry is a Mental Fight Club project that emerged in 2015 from our flagship creative space The Dragon Café, a weekly arts and health pop-up in the Crypt of St George the Martyr Church in Borough.
After the success of our two-year pilot Young Doctor Dialogues – a series of dialogical workshops, podcasts and public engagement events exploring the relationship between psychiatrists and people living with mental health difficulties, trauma and emotional distress, we were awarded funding from Guy’s and St. Thomas’, the Tudor Trust and most recently the Lloyds Bank Foundation to bring our distinctive dialogical approach to a range of settings – including hospital wards, community spaces and cultural venues.
We work to enable safe, creative spaces for people who have experience of mental health services, and those who provide them, to talk candidly about their experiences and share thought-provoking stories of what it’s like to access mental health services, as well as to deliver them.
Using a range of creative approaches, we facilitate compassionate thinking about the ways in which we can work together to narrow the divide between the ‘ill’ and the ‘well’, improve relationships between mental health teams and people with lived experience and have a lasting impact on professional practice.