Online launch of ‘Nbakom: A little medicine, A little prayer’

Together for Mental Health invites you to the online premiere of the ethnographic documentary “Nkabom: A Little Medicine, A Little Prayer” on the 24th March 2022 11am GMT

Nkabom: A little medicine, a little prayer’ is an ethnographic documentary filmed in 2019 in rural villages and towns in the central belt of Ghana. The film follows the activities of mental health nurses who are creating partnerships with healers in the communities where they work with the aim of reducing human rights abuses and improving the treatment of people with mental health conditions. The film shows how these partnerships develop, what makes them successful, and the challenges faced in negotiating the removal of restraints as well as accessing resources. The nurses and healers describe how they ka bom, join together, to reach the same goal of helping their patients to get well. WATCH THE TRAILER BELOW!

Free Registration available here!

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Together for Mental Health

Limited Together for Mental Health film preview screenings

Ghana and Indonesia are two countries with continuing problems of human rights violation against people living with mental illnesses. Can mental health professionals and traditional and faith-based healers collaborate to prevent such abuse and provide humane care?

We share stories of these collaborations through two films made in Ghana and Indonesia, before their official premières. The films were made through Together for Mental Health, a visual research project with Middlesex University, Universitas Gadjah Mada, University of Ghana, and King’s College London funded by the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (ESRC).

REGISTER (FREE) AND JOIN THE LIMITED PREVIEW SCREENINGS OF BOTH ETHNOGRAPHIC DOCUMENTARIES FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION ON THE 14TH JULY 2021

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CALL FOR PAPERS EXTENDED TILL 10th May 2021

Dear Movie-ment friends,

while starting reviewing (and enjoying!) the submitted proposals for our Visual Psychology book and conference, we have re-opened the Call for Papers to include submissions representing all themes we envisaged (and beyond).

If you are a scholar and/or a practitioner/activist working in the cross-over of arts/visuals and Psychology (broadly speaking) consider submitting your proposal and please share with your networks. Submissions from all corners of the world are welcome!

For more information and the submission link click here!

Grazie and Happy Easter/Passover/Eid!

CALL FOR PAPERS BOOK AND CONFERENCE VISUAL PSYCHOLOGY

We are inviting submissions for the FIRST handbook and conference in Visual Psychology with the working title of: 

Visual Psychology: Interdisciplinary  arts-based and visual research and activism in Psychology

This book and conference aim to establish Visual Psychology as a specific area of research and public engagement bringing together scholars and activists to share their learnings. 

We have approached the publishing division of one of the world’s leading Universities who have shown interest and have requested a full book proposal with abstracts from each author. We have therefore launched this call for papers for this book and for a connected (free) conference.

Please consider contributing to this vision by submitting your 250-300 words abstract and/or by sharing and posting this INFO and submission link, thank you!

Premiere of three Together for Mental Health Participatory videos in Indonesia

The three winning participatory videos at the Projiwa Festival organized at Atma Jaya University in collaboration with UGM and Middlesex University as part of Together for Mental Health project have just been launched during an online Premiere with over 200 participants. 

Here the first prize winner’s film!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBfRAudXZcpnPCBRRrW4xA

To watch all the other participatory videos, subscribe to our Youtube channel where we will be releasing also the other 8 films in the next few weeks, enjoy and share!

T4MH Team

 

Week 14 Light and Shadows

Welcome to Week 14 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

We have really valued facilitating a space each week to pause for reflection and creative expression.   Much has changed over the last few months and as lockdown has eased and we are moving into summer, we felt it was time to stop for now.  Even though we won’t be providing weekly prompts for a while, if you would like to continue to share your own inspirations with us via Instagram, we would love to see them.  Thank you so much for all the amazing feedback we have received and for all the creative reflections you have shared with us, both on Instagram and elsewhere.  It has been such a pleasure and an honour to be with you during this time.  Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, please know you are and remain held in mind.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 14-Light and Shadow

  • We have really valued facilitating a space each week to pause for reflection and creative expression.  Much has changed over the last few months and as lockdown has eased and we are moving into summer, we felt it was time to stop for now. 
  • As this will be our last week for now, we thought it might be helpful to spend the time reflecting and considering the concept of light and shadows, to reflect the changing landscape of our emotions.
  • Think about the concept of light and shadows and reflect on your feelings in relation to the last few months and how you feel right now. 
  • Check in with yourself and notice which emotions surface and if any shapes or colours come to mind, any tones or any words or phrases, or if an image starts to form. 
  • Allow yourself time to feel how and what you feel in the here and now and using any materials you have to hand, create whatever you are drawn to. 
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

 

Week 13 Our World

Welcome to Week 13 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 13-Our World

  • Welcome back.  With so much change taking place and more people meeting and socialising outside, this week we invite you to think about how you feel about these changes, the impact on yourselves and on the world.
  • Take some time to reflect on how you feel in the here and now and on what you have seen and experienced as the world is starting to open up again. 
  • Notice how this makes you feel and which emotions it brings up. 
  • Allow yourself time for your thoughts and feelings to settle and notice whether any colours come to mind, any words, whether an image starts to form. 
  • You may like to experiment with collage and use a combination of natural, human made and found objects.  Notice which materials you are drawn to, depending on what you have available and give yourself time and space to see what emerges. 
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
  • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • If you would like to share your creative response with others, please share a picture of it on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.

Mindful Arts & Creative Expression: Recovery week

Thank you to all those of you who have joined our Mindful Arts & Creative Expression weekly activities so far!

This week we decided to take a break and offer the opportunity to those of you who have not been able to carry out all activities, to catch up. If you, however, have already completed all the weeks, we suggest to revisit one of the previous themes and see how you feel connecting with it now.

You might want to share your output/reflection in our Instagram gallery following these instructions. We would also like to invite you to give us feedback about what we have done so far, what did you find most useful? what would you like to be different? Is there any theme or modality you would like to propose? Perhaps some of you would also like to become our guest facilitator for one of next weeks.

You can use the comments area to provide your feedback/suggestions or use the Contact form in the website.

Thank you for being part of this group and till next week!

Erminia & Jude

 

 

Week 12 Poetry Prompt

Welcome to Week 12 of Mindful Arts and Creative Expression, a reflective space where you can connect with yourself and express your feelings in a creative way.

Each week we will offer a theme or creative suggestion and will talk you through ways to feel centred and connected. We will be including a variety of art forms, for example drawing, painting, sculpture, poetry and rhythm/music. 

Remember, you do not need to have any previous experience or having taken part in any of the previous weekly activities so… turn on your audio, watch your video and start to mindfully create!

When you have finished, we invite you to share your responses as seeing others’ interpretations can create a sense of togetherness in these changing times. If you choose to do so, you can share your creative reflections with others on our INSTAGRAM @MindfulArtsCreativeExpression. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.

Enjoy the experience and we look forward to seeing the mindful creative outputs shared in our INSTAGRAM gallery!

See you next week, at the same time at the same place! To make this a reliable weekly routine and receive a reminder with a link to next session, please join the mailing list/follow this blog.

Be well and stay safe,

Jude & Erminia

If you are unable to access the audio, here is a brief summary:

Week 12-Poetry Prompt

  • This week we are going to try another poetry prompt, which you can approach in two different ways:
  1. choose an object that you feel drawn to, maybe something that represents your time during lockdown, or something you have been using to keep yourself grounded or connected, or something that you have kept as a talisman.
  • Look at it closely and see what comes up for you in the here and now.
  • Notice what feelings it evokes and write down any words that come to mind.
  • This is your starting point for a poem.
  • You can also use this prompt as a starting point for an image.
  1. Your second option is to choose a poem or some song lyrics that resonate with you.
  • Choose a line that particularly stands out and in the same way, use this as a starting point for a poem and/or an image.
  • Try to stay in the moment, connecting with yourself in the here and now
  • Give yourself space to reflect on words, images, shapes and colours that you are drawn to.
  • If it is helpful, set yourself a time limit, if not take the time and space you need to express yourself until you feel ready to stop.
    • Remember that it does not have to be finished for you to share it with others, all creative expression is equally valued.
  • if you would like to share your creative reflections with others, please share a picture and/or your words on our Instagram gallery. Guidance on how to upload can be found HERE.
  • If you use photography, please remember to avoid pictures of identifiable people or places.