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Creative Minds

Creativity can help relieve stress and improve mood

Creative Minds

We know lots of people find being creative really helps their mental health and wellbeing. Creativity can help relieve stress and improve mood. Our creative groups help connect people in the community and provide social interaction and the opportunity to learn new skills which can boost confidence and self esteem. Nourishing our natural creativity can help build and protect resilience and speed up recovery.

If you have mental health problems you can often become isolated, and being part of recovery focused activities really can make a difference. We offer creative focused groups such as art, creative writing and music groups.

Our current creative focused services

Write yourself well

What is it all about? – A 6 week, online, Creative Writing Workshop for all abilities.

What can I expect? – During these two-hour online group sessions, we will write, explore and share together in a small group using a range of playful prompts to inspire poetry, prose and journal writing. 

What do I need? – No experience necessary, just bring yourself and a pen and paper or notebook/ journal. These sessions are free and will take place using the online meeting software Zoom. 

When? – We usually run these sessions on Wednesdays 10.30-12.30pm, but it could change so please check with us.

How could it help my wellbeing? – We all carry a wealth of stories within us, and writing is a pleasurable way of helping us to explore these and to make sense of our lives. You can continue using the creative writing skills learnt as a wellbeing tool to help stay well. The workshops also provide social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support. 

How do I join? – Email info@cornwallmind.org and we will put you in touch with a project coordinator.

“I really enjoyed the group, I can now use writing to help me stay well”

Bodmin Music Group

What is it all about? – A recovery focused music group, offering 12 fortnightly sessions. 

What can I expect? – A chance to play different genres of music with others, share ideas about music and be part of making live music. 

What do I need? – An instrument and a music stand if you have one. We have the music. If you don’t read music don’t worry, but you will need to be able to play your instrument independently.

When? Tuesdays 2.00- 4.00pm, fortnightly.

How could it help my wellbeing? – We know that music can be an effective and enjoyable way of helping to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. Music allows us to be creative and express feelings and process experiences and challenges in our everyday life.  The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join? – Email info@cornwallmind.org and we will put you in touch with a project coordinator.

Newquay Art for Wellbeing

What is it all about? – A recovery focused, online art group, offering 12 fortnightly sessions. 

What can I expect? – A warm welcome, and a chance of some creative ‘me’ time. You will be guided in accomplishing each art project via a YouTube link, which will be sent to you in an email. 

What do I need? – No experience necessary, just a willingness to have a go. You will need a set of supplies for sketching, which includes an A4 sketch pad, 12 sketching pencils, a kneadable putty eraser, pencil sharpener and ruler. These sessions are free and will take place using the online meeting software Zoom. You will need a tablet, laptop or mobile phone to access the YouTube videos and art reference images. 

When? Tuesdays, 10.00-11.00am via Zoom, fortnightly.

How could it help my wellbeing? – Being creative can provide a welcome distraction from life’s stresses, helping to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. Learning a new skill can really boost confidence, self esteem and feelings of self worth. You can continue using the art skills learnt as a wellbeing tool to help stay well. The group also provides social contact, opportunities for friendship, and access to peer and professional support.

How do I join?E.mail info@cornwallmind.org  and we will put you in touch with a project co-ordinator