Milton Keynes Update: April 2020

Milton Keynes Update: April 2020

Thank you to all our members in Milton Keynes for keeping in touch throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Shout out to the volunteers — speakers, group facilitators and supporters — who work hard to maintain forms of online support, community and self-help care.


With the face to face peer support group sessions suspended due to the corona-virus outbreak, our online support has increased through the use of Skype, e-mail, Facebook groups, telephone and other social media pages. You can find our full list of contacts here.

The website has been updated with a more concise self-help section (more materials coming soon), a volunteers page,

Our volunteers have sent out an e-mail update to all of our non-profit partners, members and contacts to confirm our changes below:

New website address: changed from www.mindspacemk.com to www.lighter-minds.co.uk

New email address: changed from admin@mindspacemk.com to talk@lighter-minds.co.uk

As soon as our venue, Unity Park Station, is able to reopen for public use such as peer support groups, we will keep in touch via these platforms. When we reopen for our peer support group sessions, there will be a post on our website, social media platforms and an e-mail to anyone signed up to our subscription mailing list.

Our thoughts and well-wishes are with those affected by the COVID-19 crisis, the key workers and those in our close-knit support group who have personally been impacted by this global pandemic.


One e-mail from a Milton Keynes member of the Lighter Minds MK (formerly Mind Space MK) support group had our founder cheering up instantly.

Below are some beautiful paintings done by Rafiq. Normally Rafiq is kind enough to bring in his amazing artwork to share with everyone who attends the local mental health support group. His previous creations have included pottery! This is a fantastic use of time during what some people are calling The Great Pause. Inspirational.

I am spending more time with the artwork and enjoy reading about nature.  I have also been spending more time in the garden listening to the birds and just looking at the flowers.

Rafiq

Why not use this time to learn a new skill, practice your mindfulness techniques, find new coping strategies and organise some life admin that has been neglected.

Lighter Minds strongly supports and recommends the use of art therapy, creative writing, crafts and music as coping strategies for mental health.


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