‘#Unafraid – Mental Health in Words’ is an evening to celebrate the benefits and importance of arts and mental health collaboration, taking place on 16 May 2019. We will be joined by Patrick Jones, Royal College Psychiatrists Wales Artist in residence (who is currently leading our successful #ThisIsMyTruthTellMeYours arts and dementia Project) plus esteemed Wales-based poets Eric Ngalle Charles, Mark Smith, Parvin Ziaei, Christina Thatcher, and Mab Jones, all of whom will be sharing personal stories about their mental health experiences and reading pieces of work that were influenced by their journeys. Mair Elliott, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales Patient Representative and St David’s Award Winner 2018, will also be contributing to the event. In addition to her personal experiences, she is also a writer and prominent activist, fighting the corner and championing the rights of those with experience of mental illness.

‘I believe the creative arts, with particular emphasis on writing, can take us to a place of healing away from our pain. We forget where we have been and where we are going and simply be.  As artists and/or practitioners we need to revisit our core beliefs of why we embarked upon our own creative journey. I often go back to why I started writing.  Out of loneliness, heartbreak, despair , sadness and rage I found words or they found me. I also think back to those incendiary moments and how I felt. That is the key. Feeling.’ 

  • Patrick Jones, Artist in Residence, Royal College of Psychiatrists Wales

 

Anyone wishing to attend should reserve a place by contacting Daniel Jones, either on daniel.jones@rcpsych.ac.uk or 02922 33 1080