We have Christmas postcards for sale for just 20p each and a calendar designed by one of our members is priced at £5 each - please click on the following links to view
Other Christmas products for sale for the charity are:
An ideal mindful activity if self-isolating or stuck at home, please see below for pictures
We can deliver locally in Southampton free of charge.
contact email@example.com if interested.
All monies to benefit the charity
Most of our meetings have now moved to using Zoom remotely. We are still running our Wednesday Wellbeing Support Group, but this now needs to be pre-booked by clicking on this link
Photography 11:00AM Mondays: Meeting ID: 873 724 036 Passcode: cocp1pc
There can be no photography or computer club face to face, although people can receive technology support online. Also, people may meet with one other person to take photographs if they wish, providing they stay at a safe distance.
Singing 2:00PM Mondays: Meeting ID: 426 169 712 Passcode: cocp2sc
Fitness 10:30AM Tuesdays: Meeting ID: 894 9802 9378 Passcode: cocp3fc
Yoga (temp) 2PM Tuesdays: Meeting ID: 894 9802 9378 Passcode: cocp3fc
Sports and outdoor exercise may also be participated in, again 1-1
Main Wellbeing support group: 10:30AM Wednesdays Meeting ID: 707 732 670 Passcode: cocp5q
Art morning 11:00AM Thursdays: Meeting ID: 896 579 082 Passcode: cocp9ac
Women's group 2:30PM Thursdays: Meeting ID: 333 655 636 Passcode: cocp7wc
Men's group 10:30AM Fridays: Meeting ID: 852 334 479 Passcode: cocp8mc
Art afternoon 2PM Fridays. Meeting ID: 896 579 082 Passcode: cocp9ac
We also have Hope Workshop starting on Tuesdays around 3 PM on the 2nd December, Hope cafe will start soon on Saturday evenings from 6PM and a Suicide Prevent Group starting most likely on Sundays.
We would like to remind you that everyone in our Touch Network community has access to 'Togetherall'. This service can help you when we can't. Togetherall provides a supportive online community to give help when you are worried or feeling down. It is anonymous with trained professionals available 24/7. You can join our online mental health community free by clicking on the link below, or if you would like to talk through anything please email Debs on firstname.lastname@example.org.
History, Health and Hope
by Carolyn Barber
At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the armistice was signed which formally ended hostilities of the First World War in 1918. This coming weekend marks Remembrance Sunday, held in the United Kingdom as a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Of course, the casualties that are often forgotten are those who experienced serious mental ill-health as a result of their military service, and also ordinary people caught up in traumatic events through these conflicts.
It seems a fitting time to announce the launch of a new project from the Good Mental Health Cooperative - Stories from the Borough of Portsmouth Mental Asylum during the Great War 1914-1918.
So how can the history of mental health care in the First World War help promote good mental health and hope in the present day? Especially in these challenging times when many people are experiencing the psychological as well as physical impact of the pandemic.
Here are three reasons to seek out stories from the past:
History tells us who we are - the stories of local people and institutions gives us fascinating insights into what the Portsmouth community and culture was like 100 years ago, and how that has influenced our city today.
History helps us understand change - mental health care at the Asylum (later St.James Hospital) is a very significant part of Portsmouth's social history. The First World War had a huge impact on how mental health care developed - a legacy which can still be seen in today's services.
History gives us perspective - telling people's personal stories, especially those that are hidden from view, helps to shine a light into some dark corners of social history, and frees people to tell their own stories.
The project is in two stages - the first will be an online research group supporting each other to research different aspects of mental health care during the First World War, including the stories of people staying or working in the Portsmouth asylum.
The second stage is for people to get involved in creative activities - drama, poetry and art - giving expression to the stories and history uncovered by the research. This will form the basis of a multi-media presentation featuring the work of the whole project.
Click here if you're interested in finding out more about this project
And scroll down for links to two online events looking at the history of local mental health care, and introducing our new project .......
SATURDAY, 21 NOVEMBER 10.30am on Zoom
"ABOVE ALL A PATIENT SHOULD NEVER BE TERRIFIED"
An examination of mental health care and treatment in Hampshire from 1845 - 1914 - a talk by Dr.Diane Carpenter
Click here for more information and to book your place
SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER 10.30am on Zoom
"100 Years of Mental Health Care in Hampshire" - a talk and readings with Carolyn Barber, Maggie Sawkins and Pip Firth
Click here for more information and to book your place
Creative Options Wednesday 11th November 2020 Quiz Questions
1. Today is the anniversary of the end of the First World War, known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day. In which year did WW1 end?
2. A starfish has how many arms?
3. In what city would you find the Colosseum?
4. It is Leonard di Caprio’s 46th birthday today. Which film links him to Southampton?
5. What are granny, reef and slip examples of?
6. What do the initials PTO indicate at the bottom of a page?
7. What is the name of the actress that is celebrating her 56th birthday today, who famously played Molly in the film Ghost?
8. Also from the film Ghost, which song by the Righteous Brothers was at number one on this day in 1990?
9. Basmati and pilaf are varieties of what?
10. It is National School Meals Week. Which footballer has been campaigning to make sure that children who need free school meals, still get them during the school holidays? Is it (a) Jesse Lingard, (b) Paul Pogba, or (c) Marcus Rashford?
11. Which American politician was declared the president-elect of the United States last weekend?
12. How many spaces are there in a noughts-and-crosses frame?
13. Which flower’s petals are steeped in water to create the traditional flavouring for Turkish delight?
14. On which planet was Matt Damon’s character stranded in a 2015 film?
15. According to the famous saying, how many lives does a cat have?
Creative Options Wednesday 11th November 2020 Quiz Answers
6. Please turn over
7. Demi Moore
8. Unchained Melody
10. Marcus Rashford
11. Joe Biden
This week in the Good Mental Health Festival we are focused on DANCE!
Friday a live streamed dance show! 8pm
Sunday at 11am a Flamenco workshop to stamp away the blues :)
Dance show 8pm 2nd Oct
FB event click here Youtube video click here
Flamenco workshop 11am 4th
Sign up for Zoom link click here
Never Give Up Hope!
by Carolyn Barber
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the
right thing, the dawn will come"
We've now reached another turning point in the Covid 19 pandemic with the re-introduction of further restrictions on close contact with others. So it seems timely to re-visit the idea of psychological resilience, and in particular the principle of hope.
What do we mean by hope? It's about believing in a positive outcome for ourselves, the feeling that events will turn out for the best, anticipating a good change in circumstances, looking forward with confidence. Hope is important when things are not going well, when there's a lot of uncertainty, confusion and negativity.
Hope is the antithesis of despair, but it doesn't mean that everyone should remain 'hopeful' at all times, even in the face of insurmountable difficulties. Hope is not the same as naive unrealism. It's always useful to look at potential pitfalls and risks in a situation, and sometimes face the possibility of failure or disappointment. Challenges and difficulties need to be acknowledged.
But research has shown that people who are hopeful tend to be more psychologically resilient and cope more effectively with obstacles, while more pessimistic individuals tend to shut down. Pessimism often leads to a sense of powerlessness and inability to take action.
So how can we foster hope in ourselves and in others during hard times?
'Ladies that Lunch' at Sir Arthur Lucius Curtis Pub (Weatherspoons) for lunch 2 p.m. tomorrow - Thursday 1st October.
If interested please book using this link (max 6 people)
Please note that there is no Women's meeting the following week as Frances is away on holiday.
We welcome you to come along to our Wellbeing Café which replaces drop in. We are meeting at the Action Church in Warren Crescent, SO16 6AY every Wednesday which will be 10.30am till 2.30pm
It’s for meet and greet, quiz and socialisation and wellbeing. There is also sometimes a creative activity available
Lunch is also available
People cannot come to groups unless they book via. the booking form. It’s on our 'creative options charity banter' or you can click on this link to book your place for Wellbeing Café or any of our other activities.
Please visit our Home page for more information about groups, including online sessions via Zoom
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