Building mental health support – meeting on 6 June

Some of us at CCrAMHP have been talking about what it might involve to set up a mental health support project that was more in line with the alternative perspectives we discuss during meetings.

We have no firm ideas as yet, but thought it might be good to get together any other interested people – to discuss what potential ideas we all have and see if we come up with anything we would like to explore further.

There is no particular agenda – just to start talking would be the first phase, and we can see what comes of it, stage by stage. Whatever the outcome we are likely to learn something interesting at each stage along the way!

If you are interested in joining us then please get in touch (just add a comment here) or come along to the Gregson Centre bar on Thursday 6 June at 7pm. 

Directions on this page:

Christina, Jill and Tamasin



Wellbeing Conference – Ambleside, 24 July 2013

Brathay and the University of Cumbria are pleased to announce a joint research conference focussing on wellbeing.

The conference aims to bring UK academics and practitioners together from multiple disciplines to share practice ideas, insights and research into multiple aspects of wellbeing, helping practitioners and academics network cross disciplinary work.

The conference will feature keynotes, papers, interactive workshops, panel debate and a creative lunch break.

The event will be hosted at Brathay Hall in Ambleside. Cost for the day is £30 per delegate (or £10 if a PhD student).

Further details

Bluesci Trafford

This is the project that Clive mentioned, during the CCrAMHP meeting yesterday.

blueSCI is a not-for-profit Social Enterprise that supports people who may be experiencing emotional or psychological distress.

The service promotes  eudemonic well being, an approach that focus on what it means to flourish and is about having a sense of purpose and direction in life, good quality relationships with others and opportunities to realise ones potential (Ryff & Singer 1998).


Clive Parkinson – Arts for Health North West

Clive Parkinson from Arts for Health will be joining us at the next CCrAMHP meeting, on Monday 20 May from 6-8pm at the Friends Meeting House, Lancaster.  Clive is involved with Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University – the UK’s longest established arts and health organisation.  Clive coordinates the North West Arts and Health network, which has a blog here:  He will be talking about the Manifesto (a conversation on arts, health and society).  You can download it or listen to a podcast here:

This meeting will be an opportunity for CCrAMHP members with an interest in the links between creative arts and wellbeing to network and to share ideas.   William Park will, for example, be speaking about his work in Preston.