Animation workshop #2

To continue our animation project exploring the impacts of the Coronavirus crisis on mental health, we’ll be hosting a second workshop with Mind Wick production company on Wednesday 13th May from 4:30pm – 6:00pm.

This time we’ll also be joined by Dr Mary Birken from UCL, and a member of the network’s Co-Production Group, who we’re teaming up with on a research project exploring loneliness, isolation and mental health during the pandemic. Learn about Mary’s work and how you can get involved, and join us in sharing your experiences for the film.

If you have lived experience and would like to take part in the session, you can register online here. The workshop will be hosted via Zoom, a video conferencing app you can download for free. Once registered, you’ll receive an email from Eve, one of the workshop’s facilitators, with an access link and instructions for joining.

To keep our online spaces feeling safe and friendly for all, we kindly ask you to observe our community guidelines:

RE:CREATE Psychiatry Online Community Guidelines:

Respect and kindness:

Every workshop participant deserves to be treated with respect and kindness. We ask that participants speak one at a time, listen to what’s shared and welcome a diversity of views, experiences and ideas.


Please help us to ensure the workshop is a confidential space by finding a quiet place in your home to Zoom, and/or by wearing headphones. Please do not share any personal details relating to a participant/s outside of the group.


It’s important to remain mindful that some participants have more power, and some have less. Our work aims to narrow divides, and to make space for people to connect as humans. We encourage participants to share from direct experience, regardless of role, and to reflect rather than teach. We’re all experts.

Looking after yourself and others :

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority at all times. It’s OK to take a break from the conversation or to leave early if you need to, and we ask that participants avoid sharing details that might be distressing to others, e.g. graphic details about abuse, self-harm or suicide attempts or methods. If you’re in doubt about what would be OK to share, please check this out with the facilitator and other participants. And if something happens within the workshop that concerns or distresses you, we encourage you to raise this within the workshop and/or afterwards with Eve.

Further support :

While there is a peer supportive element to all of our work, our online spaces differ from peer support groups. If you feel you’d benefit from attending a peer support group, or from therapeutic support, Eve can help you to find services in your area.

About the team:

Eve Loren: Creative Producer

Eve is an artist, creative facilitator and producer, and our RE:CREATE Psychiatry Programme Manager. She brings experience of researching and script editing for documentaries and dramas for the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Channel 5, Al Jazeera English, Sky Arts and VICE. Eve is passionate about creating space for stories that are often unheard, and using the arts to support dialogue about challenging issues in mental health.

John DeWinne: Animator

John is a filmmaker and the founder of Mind Wick, a production company specialising in creating video content around the area of mental health. John is interested in telling difficult stories, authentically. He produces films for NHS Trusts, including Sussex Partnership, and his independent projects include the documentaries Medicating Me and Being Jesus. John is also the founder and host of the podcast series Coffee and Psychosis.

Dr Mary Birken: Researcher

Mary is an Occupational Therapist, UCL Research Fellow and the Coordinator of the Loneliness & Social Isolation in Mental Health Research Network. The network brings together researchers, health practitioners, charities, people with lived experience of mental ill health, and other organisations to address important mental health research questions in relation to loneliness and social isolation. Mary is currently researching the experiences of loneliness and isolation during the coronavirus outbreak. To find out more about the study, please see her poster:

For more information about the research, or to take part, please email: