People's Recovery Journeys

L.W. – “I’ve got a New Perspective.”

I would like to say I have not been very successful at formal education but it would be a huge…

L.S. “I felt I had missed the boat on all fronts.”

I was angry with myself because I had wasted 6 years doing nothing, just staying alive.  I had no real…

K.L. “My thoughts about Arty-Folks”

I have been a member of Making Way group for 2 months now and the process of creating in this…

C.K. “A typical NEETS”

I am lazy, obese, uncooperative, irresponsible, a typical workshy NEETS (Not in Employment Education Training or Studying).  I am sure that’s…

N.R. “My brain felt itching”

I don’t know what happened to me, why I got so ill.  I had married the year before and I…

A.C. “Being patient with myself”

I started Arty-Folks just before Christmas together with a few friends.  Perhaps not surprisingly my Arty-Folks mentor felt that I…

B.S. “Beating Depression – It’s my life! 

I just couldn’t figure out what was holding me back.  I had found Arty-Folks on the internet and I hadn’t…

S.M. “Living with Schizophrenia – I am doing my best!”

Don’t you think I am trying?  You are telling me that I don’t live in the real world, that my…

R.H. “Feeling at home again”

I first came to Arty-Folks after a prolonged period of turmoil experienced while living in the north of England. During…

H.MW. “A roller coaster ride”

To someone who has never experienced these depths of darkness I would like to say ‘Don’t try to understand, you…

Stick by Me !

During Mental Health Awareness Week May 2016  we asked our members “Who has helped you through dark times and how…

S.B. “Always just an odd ball”

I have been with Arty-Folks for exactly 2 years and my mental health hasn’t increased much.  Yep, that’s me all…

B.H. “I will just ride it out!

I was referred to Arty-Folks by the crisis team because they saw one of the paintings I had done at…

Y.K. “Definitely the right one!”

I started attending Arty-Folks not quite three years ago but I didn’t attend regularly probably for the first two years.…

J.C. “Sometimes dreams come true”

I still remember what things were like when I first started coming to Arty-Folks. I wasn’t going out much, I…

A.S. “I am a bubbly person”

I used to go to the doctors all the time, for anything, I think at that point I was looking…

T.B. “A new purpose in my creativity”

I used to wake up with a feeling of terrible dread and anxiety that wouldn’t go until the afternoon. I…

N.G. “Out of the blue”

I had done very well for myself but four years ago I was made redundant. I phoned my wife in…

G.P. “Music is my first love”

A friend mentioned to me that he found Arty-Folks had been useful to improve his mental health and I also…

W.A. ‘Don’t be silly!’

I was introduced to Arty-Folks by my Coventry Mind support worker 5 years ago. I would say that is when…