Rubie adds her sparkle to powerful mental health project

Rubie adds her sparkle to powerful mental health project
Rubie adds her sparkle to powerful mental health project
09 October 2012

The Samaritans and Black Dog Tribe are the latest to join Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust in supporting a nationwide music and art project that will bang the drum for mental health.

Nationwide organisations, celebrities and local NHS Trusts are coming together for Rethink Your Mind, which launches its creative challenge on World Mental Health Day on 10 October. Everyone is invited to use the theme of mental health to produce words and artwork, which will be showcased on the www.rethinkyourmind.co.uk website. Selected work will be published in a hardback book and winning lyrics and art will also feature on new singles by Urban Fusion artist Rubie Colt and Midlands band Refuge (pictured).

Most importantly, the website and book will provide a valuable mental health help guide that will link up support organisations with the people who need them most.

Rethink Your Mind has provided a free platform to mental health groups in the project that will culminate in a grand prize presentation at the House of Lords, hosted by supporter Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE. Launched by Midlands-based community interest company SISO (Safe Inside, Safe Outside) and Citizens Eye, the project now has 35 supporters, including Time to Change, Bipolar UK, TV and film star Steve Huison, who appeared in The Full Monty, and a glittering array of artists, poets and photographers who will be assessing the entries.

Rethink Your Mind is the brainchild of SISO Development Worker and Refuge lead singer Peter Hirst, who hopes the project will get people talking positively about mental health.

“I have Bipolar,” he says. “I have been stable for a good time now, but my family were very frightened and lost when I first fell ill. This resource is for all families and every person who needs it, so that they can feel connected at a time when often you feel most disconnected.”

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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