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15 of my top all time greats

I’m an avid film fan, not a film buff, or a critic, but a fan. I love movies in the same way someone loves football, more accurately I love cinema. I go to the cinema to escape, connect, cry, laugh, recoil, pump the air and think. I’m pretty film positive, I like a lot of […]

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Mind LiVE Xmas Social Gathering

  The December social meeting this year was both musical and crafty! Clare had engaged the services of Open Strings organisation for some guided ‘jamming’ on a grand array of stringed instruments: cellos, violas, violins and eukeles! Bella and Emma from Open Strings soon had us fairly tunefully strumming some creative duo and trio beats […]

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Positive Affirmation Lists by David K Frampton

Living this life we can often have feelings of high anxiety and stress when we have no idea what caused it. We can for no obvious reason find ourselves pulled downward and clouded by horrible thoughts. It may be a beautiful day, you may be in the middle of something quite harmless, strolling around, at […]

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Mindful Colouring: it works!

  In the last few months I’ve been facilitating a few ‘creativity table’ sessions (including at September’s LiVE monthly meeting) where folk are sat down to engage in doodling and colouring-in; sometimes that’s been a return to an activity that many haven’t indulged since being at primary school, or whiling away time in a slow-paced […]

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Mental Health Drop-in Spaces

Recently LiVE organised a Focus Group around the topic of Mental Health Drop-in Spaces. A group of us gathered together over lunch and shared our views in a ‘creative discussion’ where we collected information on (here are some pictures) : What should be involved —   Who should be involved —     and where it […]

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Thoughts on inherited family trauma

“Whatever does not emerge as Consciousness, returns as Destiny.” Carl Jung This topic is really on my mind at the moment as I’ve recently been examining the puzzle pieces of my life, whilst reflecting on my own experiences of 28 years of daily chronic pain and mental health issues that have impacted me so much […]

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10 vital albums for summer listening…

Music. It surrounds our lives and we each have a special relationship to it. There is no wrong or right, there just is. Music. It moves, it heals, it holds, it hurts. Every year hundreds, no thousands, of albums are released but at the moment it feels like things are out of control. A dizzying […]

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Sketchbook Skool is my Art Therapy

Back in 2003, when I was very unwell, I came across a book called Everyday Matters by an American called Danny Gregory. It was an unusual book, an illustrated journal which told the story of how drawing had helped him learn to cope with the very recent and difficult changes in his life after his […]

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Regenbogen Cup: Munich 2016

On May 3rd a team from Brighton and Hove Albion in the Community (AITC) travelled to Munich to take part in the Regenbogen Cup. The Rainbow Cup is a long-running Mental Health football tournament which was played, in 2016, on delightful pitches in the suburb of Haar, Munich. Last year AITC flew into Munich on the morning the tournament […]

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Easter Film round up of cinema treats!

Part of my mindfulness strategy is “go to the flicks”. It’s one of my favourite nights out. You can go alone, switch off your mind (and your phone) and become immersed in another creative teams vision. From the cinematography, to the writing to the performances and even where the camera’s placed. Every facet of a […]

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