We are Many Minds, a Bristol based mental health charity that facilitate creative spaces and make performances that put people who identify with experiences of mental ill-health in the driver’s seat as a way to break down stigma and trigger generosity and equality.
We work with individuals to engage with their creativity, improve confidence, self-esteem and build social skills and networks. We run weekly workshops in theatre making skills to devise and create high quality contemporary performance. Click on our projects tab in the menu bar to learn more about these.
We do this in a variety of different settings and have worked with partners including St Mungo’s, Riverside Adolescent Unit through the Avon and Wiltshire NHS trust, Cardboard Citizens and 1625 Independent People.
We have performed our work at Bristol Old Vic, The Wardrobe Theatre, Theatre on the Downs, The Watershed, City Hall, We the Curious in Bristol and at Cardboard Citizens HQ in London in front of audiences that have included Councillors, decision makers, representatives from housing and mental health services.
“The stories were so real that I think it really challenged the audience.’
87% of the audience at city hall made up of 160 professionals, council members and decision makers said it inspire them to do something differently in their practice.
We can provide bespoke creative workshops and training to suit the needs of your group or organisations. We work currently work with community groups, mental health providers, hospitals, schools, charities and local businesses to challenge the stigma surrounding mental ill health.
Performance workshops We offer workshops to suit the needs of the group using play, text, music, movement and personal narratives. We deliver one-off workshops or a series with the option of leading towards a sharing of the work or public performance.
– Wellbeing and mental health
– Confidence and self-esteem
– Social and group work skills
– Access to creativity and the arts
– Understanding of self and their personal journeys
Workplace workshops Mental ill-health costs employers between £33 billion and £42 billion annually in UK. Three quarters of people feel like they cannot talk to anyone at work about their mental health.
We provide bespoke creative workshops that explore issues around mental health to help break down stigma and create a better sense of wellbeing in the workplace.
Our participatory approach allows employees to explore mental health together in a safe, accessible and fun environment that helps facilitate open conversations in an exciting way.
TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY
We offer training in:
- Mental health and facilitating workshops (for facilitators and workers)
- Mental health and engaging the public (for staff with public facing roles)
- Mental health and arts organisations (For staff, managers and boards of trustees)
A consultancy would involve a review of current policies and procedures,
governance structures supporting wellbeing, recruitment, training, contracting, and surveying the accessibility of buildings and engagement and outreach. We have worked as consultants with with The Watershed, Bristol Old Vic and Theatre Bristol.
For bookings and inquiries contact:
Olivia Ware : 07843210272
MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 2021
To mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we offered a free Wellbeing Package for the workplace. Find out more about it here.