mental health recovery

Mental health

Cooking & sharing food inspires recovery at Equinox Brent

22nd February 2015

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, […]

Equinox Nine Lives, David’s story:

Equinox Brent logo“My name is David and I am 45 years old.  I like music. I love listening to music. I’m learning to play guitar. I like to draw as well. I like to draw abstracts.

“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.”

  • Find out more about Equinox Nine Lives, an audiovisual project celebrating the distinct voices and experiences of people who have experienced mental ill health and recovery

Equinox Brent:

  • Equinox Brent is a service for people who have experienced mental ill health and have previously been in high supported accommodation or hospital. At Equinox Brent, we help people over a 2 year period to prepare for moving on to lesser supported accommodation or complete independence.
  • Read about how Equinox Brent supported people to move on to greater independence in 2014.

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Involvement & personalisation

John works with Lewisham Council tender evaluation panel

4th February 2015

John, Equinox Lewisham: “I do the tender evaluation panel with Lewisham Council, working with Donna Peters. We look for ways to make better use of supported housing in Lewisham and Southwark and we look for good qualities in service providers who have made bids. I represent Equinox there, so I talk about what’s happening here […]

Equinox Nine Lives, Henry’s story:

Equinox Lewisham logo“My name is Henry and I’m 43 years old. I like cars, yeah, because I did used to be a motor mechanic. I like the engines best, the engines are the best part of the car because when I was a young kid, well like 17, I did own a car. They were little Minis, you can fix them up and you can supe up the engines to different CCs.

“I think at the beginning was the hardest time when I first got ill, you know what I mean. I was really sick man, I don’t know what it was but I kept on imagining things. When you hear voices, it does make you paranoid, that’s what you feel. And I’m a strong-minded person, I thought I could have ended my life for good.

“Well, because I took medication and I had somewhere to stay to take medication, obviously I knew when to go for help, you know what I mean. I don’t get into the position I was in before where I had nowhere to go.

“I think it’s my friends help me the most, my friends and the people in the hostels that I’ve been at and the hospital. And probably my brother.

“I want to go on holiday this year. I want to go abroad on holiday. And I really want to do this, because obviously I’ve got a car yeah. And if I do this right, plan this holiday right, I can have a really nice time in probably Spain or Portugal or something, you know what I mean. I really would like this to go well.”

More stories from Equinox Lewisham in 2014:

Equinox Lewisham provide supported housing and assertive outreach for people who experience mental ill health, many of whom have other needs including a history of homelessness, offending, alcohol dependence and drug dependence.