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From 18 – 24 May, Netpark Wellbeing Project are celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week with participants across the programme.
The theme of #MHAW2020 is Kindness. On this page, you can see some of the artworks created by participants and volunteers in response to this theme.

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Since the COVID-19 lockdown, the Netpark Wellbeing team have distributed art materials and inspirational packs to participants across South Essex and have been running remote sessions with participants.
We have been using video calling, telephoning, text and email to stay in touch, encouraging participants to stay connected and creative in this time of isolation. We have been holding weekly meditation sessions, wellbeing journaling sessions, dementia art classes, virtual yoga and reflective art sessions.
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we are also thinking of our marvellous volunteers, many of whom live with mental health difficulties and are currently joining in with the remote sessions.

If you would like to take part as a participant or volunteer please email Emma at emma.mills@metalculture.com

Last year, Netpark Wellbeing Project hosted 359 free sessions for people living with low level mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, dementia and learning difficulties. The free courses have been hosted in partnership with organisations including Hyde Hall (Royal Horticultural Society), Macmillan, REACH Recovery College, Project 49 and many more.
Emma and Ian also invite self-referred participants and work alongside local GP’s to offer this fantastic, supportive service.

To find out more about Netpark Wellbeing Project, click here.
You can also find the project on social media by following @NetparkWellbeing. View the Instagram gallery here.


For a list of resources and support from the Mental Health Foundation (the organisation behind Mental Health Awareness Week), click here.

TESTIMONIALS

The following testimonials have been collected by participants who have continued to engage with NetPark Wellbeing during the Corona virus lockdown so far between March- May 2020. Since the COVID-19 lockdown, the NetPark Wellbeing team have distributed art materials and inspirational packs to participants across South Essex.

Netpark Wellbeing have been using video calling, telephoning, text and email to stay in touch, encouraging participants to stay connected and creative in this time of isolation. We have been holding weekly meditation sessions, wellbeing journaling sessions, dementia art classes, virtual yoga and reflective art sessions. After doing a group or individual check in- wellbeing art activities are set.

DEMENTIA PARTICIPANTS AND CARERS

Pat

I don’t know how John would have been without the classes that he has done online they have been a god send.

Asiya

It has been an excellent idea to do video communications at this time of lockdown.
Very big thanks. What it means to Dr is that he has to be active to be in front of TV to be with his group. This is the only connection he has outside his family. Ian is doing a wonderful job. Because of his effort, Dr gets interested to do some more work later in the day.
A very big thanks to Ian and to the Southend Borough Council

MENTAL HEALTH PARTICIPANTS

Michael

Yes, I’m glad it’s still going on with the lock down I miss not seeing them hope it ends soon

Nicole

It was a great idea to do virtual art classes. They offer a bit of normality in these uncertain times. An opportunity to connect with others. Also learnt new skills e.g. Skype and zoom.

Emma B

We all love the group; there’s such a nice sense of community and it brings together people who otherwise might not get the chance to meet. It’s the one time each week when I feel completely accepted and calm. Having it stay constant during the pandemic has provided an anchor to staying mentally well during lockdown and provided support, social connection and stability week-to-week that makes a real difference to my life.

Kath

It has been really important. The practical tasks initiating projects and new ideas from that. Feeling cared about and having regular contact with Ian… The Monday emails!A welcome signpost in a time of little structure.

Mark

It’s my honour to say this fantastic opportunity to everyone in this difficult time just be active and see what happens next just wait and see

Phil

I enjoyed doing the yoga and exercise and I have enjoyed using the technology and seeing all the pieces if work people have done at home.

Tom (Support worker for Phil)

Setting up online services and keeping regular contact has been a godsend to those through this Covid 19 period. Well done all concerned.

Barbara

It’s meant so much to have these sessions continue throughout the Covid crisis I was dreading the feeling of going through this time alone. Emma has been so reassuring and the group has propped each other up. Emma always makes time to talk to you outside of the group and within in the group. Understands and takes the lead when things become to much for you personally.Thank you so much for allowing this to continue

James

The NetPark wellbeing service has been really helpful to me in the lockdown because I have something to look forward to in the week and being able to talk about how you feel in the lockdown is really important to my mental health.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 & Netpark Wellbeing Project