A MENTAL health charity is helping people get creative.
Support 2 Recovery has set up a new gallery in the Packhorse Centre and is giving those who have experienced mental health problems the chance to show off their art.
The gallery aims to help people achieve new goals and improve their wellbeing through creative activity.
Funding has been provided by the hospital trust who take care of mental health in our area – the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Creative Minds and Kirklees Council’s Community Partnership Development Grant.
The artwork and crafts on display are available to buy.
Project lead for the Packhorse Gallery Sian Smith said: “We have set up the gallery to not only offer local artists the opportunity to display their work but also to promote positive messages about mental health.
“There is a display stand in the gallery with lots of information about different mental health conditions and all staff who work here can offer people further information and support about local services that can help those currently experiencing mental health difficulties.
“The gallery is also an opportunity for us to provide a space for people to come and create their artwork.
“Currently we run a group on Monday morning for people who are in touch with Support 2 Recovery and we are hoping to establish lunchtime sessions which anyone would be able to come along to.”
Chief executive of the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Steven Michael said: “This is a great example of how we hope our Creative Minds strategy will bring positive benefits to Kirklees, using creative partnership approaches to healthcare not usually associated with the NHS.”
Tony Glover from Golcar is suffering with depression and has taken great comfort in oil painting.
He has been displaying his artwork in the centre.
He said: “I went to Support 2 Recovery to get some help and I did. Everyone is so open and it is relaxed.
“I heard about the art group in the Packhorse Centre and I went down there with my wife.
“Although I have been painting for years the atmosphere at the group is really friendly.
“I enjoy painting landscapes, seascapes, animals and mountain scenery in oil and I have enjoyed being part of the gallery.
“Support 2 Recovery offers great support and it is all confidential and everyone is great to talk to.”
The gallery is on the ground floor in the Packhorse Shopping Centre. For more information contact Sian Smith at email@example.com or to find more about Creative Minds visit www.southwestyorkshrie.nhs.uk/creativeminds
The artwork is available to buy with 30% going to the charity. If anybody would like to contribute art, the gallery is looking specifically for work done in unusual medium or sculpture.
Run by volunteers, the gallery aims to be open every day apart from Tuesdays and Sundays.