September 29, 2016 in Slideshow
October 4th is Bipolar Awareness Day and to demonstrate their support for individuals living with the condition and the friends and families who support them, Green Close is delivering a FREE drop-in creative workshop from 11am -4.30pm Called Bipolar; It’s Not So Black & White in the Gallery at The Storey Institute Lancaster www.thestorey.co.uk
The workshop aims to raise awareness of the condition whilst also showcasing a new project being run by The Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University called REACT (The Relatives Education And Coping Toolkit) www.reacttoolkit.co.uk
REACT is an online toolkit which aims to provide relatives with information and support. The toolkit provides information about how best to manage symptoms, mood swings, and some of the difficult situations they are likely to face; how to manage their own stress; treatment options; dealing with crises; and supporting people through their recovery journey. The toolkit is facilitated by two REACT Supporters with lived experience of supporting someone with bipolar or psychosis.
Director of Green Close and artist Sue Flowers currently works part-time as a REACT Supporter; where she is able to use her own lived experiences to support others in this unique online study which aims to reduce distress and increase the well-being of families and friends of people who live with Bipolar and Psychosis (including Schizophrenia).
Fiona Lobban (Professor of Clinical Psychology) who is leading the study explains why she thinks it’s important…
“I have spent many years working in the NHS and was struck by the high levels of distress and frustration experienced by relatives. Although national clinical guidelines recommend relatives are given lots of support, in reality they often don’t get what they need.”
Why not come along and find out more…
THIS FREE WORKSHOP IS SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES AND ABILITIES; and will be situated within a celebratory exhibition entitled Bringing It All Home… celebrating 20 years of Green Close’s artistic activity www.greenclose.org
Photo Credit: ZEBRA REACT – Original artwork by Sue Flowers