Together we are stronger."

(A collaboration with Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind

Having witnessed first-hand the difficulties which people are facing with gaining access to NHS mental health services, how are local charities implementing support to those who need it most through community interventions? 

Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire (CPSL) Mind is a county wide mental health charity which promotes positive wellbeing within their communities. Over the last three years they have been developing more projects and campaigns to connect their local residents to help benefit community resilience towards mental health. 

They have worked on projects such as the Good Mood Café and Calm Open Space which allows for a safe and supported environment for individuals to access freely through weekly drop in sessions. The settings for these sessions vary, from local community centres and coffee shops, these somewhat everyday spaces provide service users with a supportive atmosphere to build friendships, become more mindful with their own mental health and gain a sense of togetherness.

Through sharing service users’ stories and how these spaces have benefited them, this small story participatory portraiture project will address the role of how charities can tackle the current mental health crisis that is ubiquitous across the UK.