New animated film project: COVID-19 & mental health

We’re excited to be teaming up with Mind Wick production company once again to produce a short animation about COVID-19 and mental health.

Featuring the stories and experiences of people living with trauma, mental health difficulties and distress, the film will explore the impacts of the pandemic, both positive and negative, and imagine the changes we’d like to see in the mental health system and society.

We’re inviting people with lived experience, including mental health professionals with lived experience, to join a series of creative workshops to develop the animation.

Workshop #1: Wednesday 22nd April, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

The first workshop will create a space to connect, begin the process of exploring experiences and discuss the themes we’d like the film to engage with. These workshops will be hosted via Zoom – a video conferencing programme which is free to download.

If you’d like to take part, please register online here. Once registered you’ll receive an email from Eve, one of the facilitators, with an access link, password 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 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.

Confidentiality:

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.

Equality:

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:

Self-care is very important within the workshop, and it’s OK to take a break from the conversation or to leave early if you need to. 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 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 of 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.