mental health

& Wellbeing

For people experiencing mental ill health, engaging in creative activities can be therapeutic. It allows us to express ourselves without words, process complex emotions, helping to promote recovery.

As artist led organisation Frames Of Mind share a deep understanding of how creativity and the act of creative decision making is fundamental to who we are and how artistic expression boosts self-esteem, building the resilience to help maintain wellbeing.

Frames of Mind work alongside adult social care providers, health trusts, specialist agencies, schools and charities, to co-devise targeted multi-media programmes and creative interventions, using smart technology.

It was good to lift myself out of feelings by trying to visualise them, when you visualise them you don't escape it, but you think about it in detail... In a different way? Yes, rather than just talking through them.

- Walking The Dog participant; young people,
service-user group

mental health

& Wellbeing

For people experiencing mental ill health, engaging in creative activities can be therapeutic. It allows us to express ourselves without words, process complex emotions, helping to promote recovery.

As artist led organisation Frames Of Mind share a deep understanding of how creativity and the act of creative decision making is fundamental to who we are and how artistic expression boosts self-esteem, building the resilience to help maintain wellbeing.

We work to our participants strengths and interests, inviting them to steer projects organically.

Frames of Mind work alongside adult social care providers, health trusts, specialist agencies, schools and charities, to co-devise targeted multi-media programmes and creative interventions, for their clients.

It was good to lift myself out of feelings by trying to visualise them, when you visualise them you don't escape it, but you think about it in detail... In a different way? Yes, rather than just talking through them.

- 'Walking The Dog' animation project,
young participant, service-user group

CREATIVE PROGRAMMES

1 day workshops
6-12 week modular courses
Tailored projects responding to your needs
Residencies


Contact us to register interest in our programmes, or to discuss your ideas

DIGITAL PORTFOLIO

6 – 12 week course learning skills in photography, digital art, stop frame animation and creative writing. Using a book making app to produce a multi-media publication – Creative CV – portfolio of personal words and images.

Improve confidence and establish mutually supportive networks.

Engagement in meaningful creative processes.

Learning new communication skills.

An innovative access tool and stepping-stone to mainstream education/volunteering or work experience.

Promote advocacy and combat isolation.

Books can be printed, saved as ebooks or movie files.

Article in Mental Health Today – 'Animate Me'

In the Loop project allowed our young service users to feel like they were attending a programme that was supporting them to move back towards the life they want and several have reported that it did not feel like it had anything to do with mental health. This is really important.

- Dr Eilis Quinlan, Clinical Psychologist, Barking & Dagnenham Early Intervention in Psychosis Team

Engaging with art and animation has started fulfilling something that was shut down years and years ago. The experience has helped with healing, feeling relaxed and has built self confidence.

- Lynda, participant Horizons, Digital Portfolio Project

The Process has helped me see Ivy as a person with a life and a past, not just a passive receiver of my care

- Donna – The Watermill Ivy’s keyworker.

Evaluation of Frames of Mind stop frame animation project, at The Watermill-Walsall for residents, staff, carers and families revealed:

significant positive outcomes in terms of; communication, empowerment, wellbeing, cognitive abilities and relationships for all participants

- H21 Research and Evaluation

MINDSCAPES

IMMERSIVE FILM Making

Creative photography/film workshops using stop frame animation, slow motion film and time- lapse, to produce immersive ‘mindscapes’. Working with objects, textures, nature, haptic elements and colour to explore ways of visualising moods and emotions.

Creative photography nature walks, experiential learning.– encapsulating positive effects of naturetherapy, Shinrin Yoku; forest bathing.

Animation on light boxes for vibrant sensory effect. Bringing nature indoors and reinventing everyday materials.

Recording of soundscapes.

Material curated for projection in a shared community space: activity room, building entrance, exterior wall – to provide sensory stimulation and mood enhancing

MINDSCAPES

IMMERSIVE FILM Making

1 x day intensive workshop or 6-12 week creative photography and film course. Using stop frame animation, slow motion film and time-lapse, to produce immersive video installations or Mindscapes. Participants work with objects, textures, nature, haptic elements and colour to explore ways of visualising moods and emotions.

Creative photography nature walks, experiential learning, encapsulating positive effects of naturetherapy, Shinrin Yoku; forest bathing.

Animation on light boxes for vibrant sensory effect. Bringing nature indoors and reinventing everyday materials.

Recording soundscapes.

Material can be curated for projection in a shared community space: activity room, building entrance, exterior wall, to provide sensory stimulation, enhance mood and wellbeing. 

FRAMES OF MIND

The Process has helped me see Ivy as a person with a life and a past, not just a passive receiver of my care

- Donna – The Watermill Ivy’s keyworker.

FRAMES OF MIND

The digital self-portrait workshop was thoroughly absorbing for all of us, students and staff…. the session provided a fantastic opportunity for our young people, who lack self-esteem, to explore who they are, what they like or dislike, their strengths and weaknesses, what makes them happy, and what is special to them, without having to use words or speak to someone.

- Lucinda Thorne, Youth Placement Co-ordinator
Romney Resource Pupil Referal Unit

The film reflected my experiences. It made me realise that even though I suffer from mental illness I can do something outside and be useful rather than think negative thoughts...I feel proud, I really enjoyed looking in depth... made me recognise that being mentally ill is not the end of the world”

- Participant, Walking The Dog

featured PROJECTS

Walking The Dog

Stop frame animation engagement project to facilitate exploration and expression of ideas about mental health, to provoke discussion and increase understanding.

Travelling Light

Travelling Light – commissioned by Redbridge Library Service to engage their communities using film and stop-frame animation to explore the subject of death in a creative non-threatening way. Part of the award winning ‘Final Party’ project funded by Wellcome and Carnegie Trust – Engaging Libraries Programme.

Mindscapes

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Walking the dog was created as part of Phase one of the Goodmayes Hospital Public Art Project, a partnership between Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure (VRCL) and North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT). We were commissioned to devise a stop frame animation engagement project to facilitate participants exploration and expression of ideas about mental health, to provoke discussion and increase understanding.

Travelling Light – commissioned by Redbridge Library Service to engage their communities using film and stop-frame animation to explore the subject of death in a creative non-threatening way. Part of the award winning ‘Final Party’ project funded by Wellcome and Carnegie Trust – Engaging Libraries Programme.