Vanessa Doidge, Equinox service user involvement manager: “Theatre trips in 2014 have been very successful. The full quota of 10 tickets were snapped up each time. It’s a great activity that gets people [...]
“I also love seeing and talking to my Mum as she always gives me such great support and tells me that she is proud of me and she loves me.
“My life changed in the way that I couldn’t enjoy things anymore. Also I felt as if I was invisible and that no-one saw my struggle.
“My mind would be a swan, calm on the surface but paddling furiously under the surface to keep afloat.
“The most important thing to me is having a team of people ready to listen and support me all the time. Without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve the things I achieve today.
“I am proud of making a full recovery after having a serious breakdown because I really tried my best and I wanted to be well so much that I pushed myself to the limit.”
Gerdy Grafendorf, Equinox Brent service manager: “Equinox Brent has a 24-hour support service and a 9am-7pm service, to work with people who have been in long term treatment for their mental health. [...]
Equinox Lewisham and Equinox Brent service users and staff celebrated Black History Month in October 2014 with food, music, films and conversation. Here’s why it made a difference to the people involved. [...]
Gerdy Grafendorf, Equinox Brent service manager: “We were discussing in a team meeting about how talking therapies can be hard to access. There are long waiting times and even when they can be accessed, [...]
Gerdy Grafendorf, Equinox Brent service manager: “Equinox Brent is a service for people who have previously been in long term residential care or hospital due to mental ill health. Over a 2 year period, we work with our service users to help them move on to lesser supported accommodation or complete independence. “Over the last year, […]
“If my mind and mental health was a colour? Brown, as in going round and round and round, cycle of life, no matter how it try to escape it, it’s there you know.
“A sky, a sun in the middle of the sky. There’d be like, natural formed columns, like mountain columns, side by side, and a bridge connecting them. It’s something that seems impossible to understand and overcome but there’s a path and assistance to getting across.
“I remember the voices said, ‘don’t tell anyone or they’ll lock you up in a psychiatric unit.’ That’s what they said. I actually told my family that I was hearing voices but that sort of went over their head.
“If I’m aware that I’m hallucinating about something or my mind is going in one direction it shouldn’t be going in, then I can stay on top of it, you know. It’s finding somewhere quiet, where I can be alone, to gather my thoughts. The first thing to confront in overcoming your mental health is accepting it.”
David, Equinox Brent: “I call my drawings one-dimensional abstracts. I create very clean and simple pieces. I draw on the paper and just see what happens. I start with a line or a curve and see how [...]