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Insight Magazine Article – Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Yessica’s Journey Exhibited at the Fruits of Mind Exhibition

The Well Artists Website

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust Website – Insight Magazine

© Copyright 2012 Anastacia Tohill. All rights reserved. Please do not copy or download images or text. © Copyright – Some text and screenshots taken from the Insight Magazine from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

‘More than 40 artists with mental health problems exhibited their work at the annual Fruits of the Mind exhibition in Norwich. The exhibition, organised jointly with the Well artists’ collective – took place at the Forum. Around £500 worth of artwork was sold, comprising around one picture in every five. Many artists were exhibiting for the first time, and some were delighted to collect cash rather than their paintings at the end of the week.’

‘Many encouraging comments were left in the visitors’ book, and the curators from the Well had many interesting discussions with members of the public about mental health and art.’

‘If you would like to be involved in organising the next exhibition, or setting up an artists’ co-operative in your locality, contact helen.simpson@nwmhp.nhs.uk
You can find out more about the Well by visiting www.thewellartists.co.uk’
(Quotes and text taken from Spring Insight Magazine Article – © Copyright Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust)

I exhibited 2 pieces of Artwork at the Fruits of the Mind exhibition last year. To see blog article and Artwork displayed please click on link  (Blog Article of Fruits of the Mind Exhibition 10th-14th October at the Forum Norwich)

Yessica’s First Character Design which I exhibited can be seen in the Insight Magazine Article. She is just peeping through in the background which I thought was quite good. I was thrilled to see her there. See screenshot below taken from the Insight Magazine. I have added text to show the Illustration in the background.

Artists Exhibit Fruits of the Mind Exhibition including Yessica’s Journey

The NHS and the Well do a fantastic job of displaying artists work who have experienced mental health difficulties. I was thrilled to be involved. It was great to be given the opportunity and this is the first time I have exhibited my artwork so it meant a lot to me.

Screenshot of Insight Magazine Cover

Above is a screenshot of the Cover of the Insight Magazine from the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. Images of Maggie Wheeler who is the Chair and Aidan Thomas who is the Chief Executive.

The Insight Magazine is published on a quarterly basis and can be downloaded from the website. For more information and to contribute an article please phone the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Trust Communications on 01603 421494 | email: communications@nsft.nhs.uk

You can become a member of the Trust and can receive the magazine in printed format as well as downloadable format. Please visit Membership at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust


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No longer the Service Users Redesign Communications Chair/Lead

A few months ago I was thrilled to be asked by the Chair of the Service Users Council at Hellesdon Hospital if I would be interested in being the Chair/Lead for the new Service Users Redesign Communications Sub Group (SURC). I would just like to thank the Chair for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Above is an article from the NHS Newsletter at Hellesdon Hospital. Unfortunately it did not get sent out or printed last month but I managed to get a copy from Greta Neiss who is the Redesign Communications Lead at Hellesdon. I was thrilled to be asked to be in it.

I was really pleased to be asked to be the Chair and accepted but I did have some reservations about it from the start. Unfortunately, I decided after the last SURC meeting that for many reasons, I felt I was not the right person for this role. I felt out of my depth and without support and training I felt unable to commit to this role. I also felt it was affecting my confidence which has taken me ages to build up having been so ill. I think I find it hard to say NO sometimes but at least I did in the end and it does take courage to do this as it was quite an honor to have been asked in the first place. You have to be careful you don’t take on too much. I need to trust my own intuituion and instincts more and not be afraid to say NO.

I had suggested someone else at the start who I felt would represent the Service Users much better than I could and was also well respected by the Trust. I am pleased to say this person has now accepted the role and I am sure he will do a great job.

Hopefully there will be other opportunities for me at the Trust, I hope I can help them in any way I can. Below is a picture of me (back of my head) from the Radical Pathway Redesign Stakeholder Event last year which I attended. I also attended another Redesign event at Hellesdon with Oz Osborne who invited me.

There are more Redesign events coming up, the next one is at Dunston Hall.

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The name of the Trust has now changed to Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust as they have now merged with Suffolk.