Friday, 9 August 2013

Five Ways to Mental Heath: Creative Therapies Project

The Mini Cooking Club works in partnership with the Creative Therapies Project at the Copleston Centre in Peckham. They run a community mental health project for residents of Southwark, and those who live close to the area.

The ethos of the project is that every individual has mental health, and therefore at times we will all have concerns about it. Breaking down barriers between mental health and illness, the idea is to maintain mental well-being on a regular basis. A bit like taking a car for an MOT, you wouldn’t just wait until it broke down before getting it serviced.

In today’s society, we are bombarded with technology, advertising and demands on our time. It can be stressful keeping up with the super-fast pace of modern life. Overall well-being involves both the mind and body, but it can be tricky to find a balance or learn what’s right for you.

That’s why the Creative Therapies project takes a wide approach to mental health in line with the focus of Southwark Council. They promote the Five Ways to Well-being, which are intended to address all aspects of feeling good about life. The Five Ways are defined as:

1.    Connect
2.    Be Active
3.    Keep Learning
4.    Give to others
5.    Take Notice.

These are worthy goals and have been successfully identified as ways to help maintain the mental health of the community.

The Creative Therapies Project lives its own values through the following ways:

1.    The group sessions facilitate members connecting with others and meeting new people.
2.    The exercise and healthy eating classes keep members active and healthy.
3.    The sessions teach valuable new skills
4.    The volunteer programme provides a platform for members of the local community to give something back whilst learning new skills at the same time.
5.    Psychotherapeutic discussions (both group and individual) grant people the space in which to take notice of themselves and others.

The sessions and classes are held at the Copleston Centre and all are completely free to attend. CPT runs art therapy and music therapy, counselling sessions, complementary therapies, art café and sound café, as well as pilates and zumba. Book your place by emailing Marcela Vielman. The Mini Cooking Club runs cooking classes every Wednesday from10am-12pm.

The message is that you don’t need to wait until you have a problem to be pro-active about your mental health. Also, if you do have a problem, there are plenty of things you can do about it and lots of people who are willing to help.

Follow this link for more information about the Five Steps to Well-Being.

By Catherine Heath


  1. I really love those five ways to well being. They're definitely the essentials for keeping happy and healthy. I particularly like "keep learning" - everyone should be learning as much as possible all the time I think.

    1. Thank you! They are very well chosen criteria and things everyone should be incorporating into their daily life to stay healthy and happy. Glad you enjoyed the article.