People's Recovery Journeys

Nobody knows exactly
what it feels like to walk
a mile in your shoes.

Arty-Folks will walk the extra mile alongside you to help you find your pace.

Art was my life! – the Journey of C.W.

C.W. 62 year old from Nuneaton, was diagnosed 4years ago with a terminal health condition that started her depression. Until…

“I am creative.” the Journey of A.S.

The journey of A.S. 58years old from Nuneaton suffering with chronic health conditions and Psychosis, A.S. was referred to Art…

One thing after another…

Things started to decline for me mentally when within two weeks I was made redundant from my job of ten…

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…

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…