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Put your own oxygen mask on first?

January is notoriously the toughest month for many people – the depths of winter with the sparkle of Christmas behind us, dark days still ahead and the warmth of summer feeling far from reach. But it’s also an excellent time to evaluate our own mental health and devise strategies for protecting our resilience for the …

Mental health choir joins forces with acclaimed composer for Nottingham performance

A choir funded by the Institute of Mental Health is set to perform a unique piece of music written by an award-winning composer, which aims to reflect the experiences of living with anxiety day-to-day. The Nottingham People’s Choir was set up in 2013 to promote mental health and wellbeing through the joy of singing. Open …

National tour of Inside Out Of Mind gets rave reviews

The national tour of the groundbreaking play ‘Inside Out of Mind’ has received rave reviews from The Stage magazine. The Meeting Ground Theatre Company and Nottingham Lakeside Arts are currently touring Inside Out of Mind, an insightful and darkly comic play that powerfully captures the multiple realities of life on a dementia ward, to six …

A big week for dementia

Tom Dening, Professor of Dementia Research at the Institute of Mental Health at The University of Nottingham, takes a look at this week’s major news announcements related to tackling dementia and funding new research into the degenerative condition. Although dementia is rarely out of the news and indeed often on the front pages of certain national papers, …

Prestigious award for Nottingham professor

A Nottingham professor has been recognised for his services to social sciences with a prestigious award. Professor Paul Crawford has been elected as an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, the leading body for promoting the public benefit of the social sciences and comprises around 900 individual academicians representing nearly 90,000 social scientists in …

Inside Out of Mind – a powerful illustration of life on a dementia ward

So it was a normal Thursday morning in the press office. I was writing something, probably a blog, when I got a phone call from my manager who was on her way to see the Inside Out of Mind play at Lakeside. She had done a lot of work on promoting the production so was …

Commissioned sculpture arrives on Jubilee Campus

It weighs six tonnes and took a crane to lift it into place at its new home on Jubilee Campus. House for a Gordian Knot, the newly commissioned sculpture for the Institute of Mental Health has finally arrived in Nottingham after an epic five-day journey by lorry from the Italian quarry where it was carved. …

Mental health care — working together to reach full potential

Mental health professionals need to work together if they are to fulfill their potential and deliver the best possible patient care, a new report has revealed. Dr Hugh Middleton, of the School of Sociology and Social Policy, writes on how research is identifying success stories and offering new strategies for collaboration. Hospital soap operas, everyday …