What's Your Story?

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What’s Your Story? is a creative writing programme that gives sufferers of mental health issues the space and the tools to analyse, understand and reimagine their life-problems as stories and thus imagine potential solutions.

We need your help to help fund a second pilot of the programme running in Leamington Spa next January.

The programme  is conceived as a generalised wellbeing programme for a broad audience interested in self-realisation and self-actualisation through creativity. It may also assist users understand and cope with life-problems that arise from mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, ASD, anger-management, PTSD, addiction, eating disorders, phobias, suicidal tendencies, dementia, the homeless and victims of crime or trauma.

The programme is not a 'treatment' or therapy for such mental health issues but aims to help sufferers of those conditions understand the contexts within which the life-problems that arise from their mental state are occurring and thus to devise potential solutions. 

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An initial pilot was run in Stratford Upon Avon in the summer of 2018 and was funded by Springfield MIND, Public Domain Arts & Media and a grant from the Heart Of England Community Foundation.

This initial pilot has been extremely successful and we learnt a great deal about how the programme works most effectively and have modified the programme appropriately.

We are now certain of the value of the programme as a tool for self-realisation and self-actualisation and feel that with the adjustments we have made to the programme this will only be enhanced.

We now need to trial this revised version of the programme as soon as is practically possible and we are seeking funding to help us run a second pilot of the programme with Springfield MIND in Leamington Spa in January.

"I think the therapeutic value of these sessions is huge. Chris and Steve are so passionate, engaging and knowledgeable and the attention and guidance they are giving to each member of the group has the potential to be very healing. It's fulfilling and stimulating on both an intellectual and emotional level and it's been lovely to see how engaged service users have been and how supportive the group feels.”
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How will your donation help?

We have been given a small Community Grant by Leamington Town Trust to help run this second pilot but this will not cover all the costs.

Any funds raised from this crowd funding campaign will allow us to contribute to our volunteers travel costs, pay for the attendance of mental health practitioners, increase the number of users we can accommodate and allow us to fully assess the pilot in preparation for a wider launch of the programme.

Who will your donation help?


What's Your Story? is aimed at anyone facing life-problems arising from a lack of mental well-being.

By 'life-problems' we mean things like debilitating social anxiety, defensive aggression, lack of concentration, lack of purpose and direction, excessive people pleasing, exaggerated fear of people, places or things, exaggerated guilt or shame and above all, the loss of hope.

It is estimated that 1 in 6 people in the past week experienced a common mental health problem and 1 in 4 of us will experience a serious mental health crisis in our lifetime. 

Despite the recent candidness of celebrities such as Prince Harry, mental illness still carries a terrible stigma in our society. Individuals often go to great lengths to hide their symptoms and their suffering because of the condemnation and ridicule which often comes with being ‘outed’ as having a mental health problem. In the workplace knowledge of an individuals mental health problem often means the end of a career.

Yet mental health and behavioural problems such as depression, anxiety and addiction, are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds.

Major depression is thought to be the second leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to the burden of suicide and Ischemic heart disease. 

One of the unique features of What's Your Story? is that although it is designed as a way for users to examine their life-problems they will also receive a highly effective introduction to creative writing that will give them the skills to pursue further writing training and/or allow them to use creative writing as a tool for their on-going mental health and well-being.

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