Sick! Free Creative Workshops

Following a recent successful exhibition and arts project in Medway, the Sick! Living With Invisible Illness team is running a further series of free creative workshops to support local people.

Four sessions are on offer at INTRA, looking at different ways to create DIY publications and explore self-expression. The workshops will include combinations of therapeutic writing, making zines, printmaking, drawing and bookbinding.


Taking place during December 2017 and January 2018, a time of year that people with invisible illness can find difficult, these workshops offer a non-festive oasis and a supportive, uplifting space to explore self-reflection and creative skills. No mince pies or carols will be in evidence, but there will be a friendly welcome, snacks and refreshments.

Morning sessions will be ticketed classes lasting two hours, and each one will be followed by a three hour drop-in creative session in the afternoon. You don’t need to have attended previous days, each class and drop-in session is a separate event and you are welcome to attend as many or few as you like.

The workshops are open to Medway residents 16+ years old who are affected by invisible illness – those with illnesses themselves, but also carers, partners, friends or family etc. living in the Medway towns. The sessions are offered free thanks to a small grant from Involving Medway, as part of Medway Clinical Commissioning Group’s work with community health.

No previous experience of the activities is needed, they are supportive sessions for you to self-reflect and try out creative techniques as a way to cope with, heal from, or understand your situation in a different way. Participating may lead to communicating your feelings to other people, or may become useful tools to use privately for self care.

Workshop Dates & Times

Sun 17th Dec – Therapeutic writing class (booking essential)
Sun 17th Dec  – Make zines with writing, stories and messages (drop-in)

Sat 30th Dec – Printmaking for zines class (booking essential)
Sat 30th Dec – Make zines with printmaking and writing (drop-in)

Sun 7th Jan – Experiment with drawing class (booking essential)
Sun 7th Jan – Make zines & artist’s books, with drawing & printmaking (drop-in)

Sun 21st Jan – Simple bookbinding class (booking essential)
Sun 21st Jan – Make zines & artist’s books, with bookbinding & printmaking (drop-in)

The ticketed classes run 11:00-13:00
Drop-in sessions run 14:00-17:00

INTRA, 337 – 341 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1DA

Booking for the classes
Details for the drop-in sessions

Therapeutic Writing Class

A workshop for people who want to begin telling their stories and exploring healing through writing. In two hours, creative writing teacher Sam Fentiman-Hall will guide you using simple exercises to help you begin expressing yourself. You can write about whatever you like in the workshop, without having to share it with anyone else in the group.

Printmaking For Zines Class

Some zine makers use photocopiers or ink-jet printers to make their copies, but this can be expensive. In this class you can try out some of the best techniques to bring hand-printed and colourful elements to self-published booklets, while managing to keep costs down and production numbers up. Simple relief printing methods, the Risograph machine, and screen printing will be explored as means for making DIY publications. Our collection of hand printed zines and artists books will be shared for inspiration.

Experiment With Drawing Class

A workshop for people who want to try using drawing and collage to express ideas and stories in visual ways. Drawing can seem daunting and many people think they’re not good at it. Creative exercises can be lots of fun though, and this class will get you drawing with a number of surprising approaches. We’ll look at making all kinds of marks, expressing a feeling in different graphical ways, loosening up your hand and exploring styles of your own. We’ll use a variety of drawing tools, and you can spend time using the ones that you like best to develop your ideas.

Simple Bookbinding Class

There are many ways of binding self-made publications, from simple stapled zines, to intricately bound artists’ books. We’ll study examples of different bindings, then try out simple sewn pamphlets, accordion, hardcovers, or experimental approaches to bind a book using decorated and plain papers, or your own content.

Sick! Zine workshop @ Wellcome Collection

We are very proud to announce that Zara and Xtina have been asked to run a version of the Sick! workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London, an organisation that we deeply admire and had hoped to work with, but are very pleasantly surprised that it has happened so soon. Details are as follows:

Join artists Zara Carpenter and Xtina Lamb from Sick! in a drop-in zine-making workshop exploring the experience of living with invisible illness. Create your own or be part of a collaborative zine using printmaking, mark making, collage and cut-ups.

Zara Carpenter is a multi-disciplinary artist and maker, and the co-founder of the project Sick! Living with Invisible Illness.

Xtina Lamb is an artist who teaches printmaking, organises creative events and runs a print studio alongside her own practice.

This event is FREE. Drop-in, no need to book. 

Tuesday 7 November 2017


Thursday 9 November 2017


hearing voices – a video about schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is still deeply misunderstood, even though it affects 1 in 100 people. Today we’re launching new research revealing that 42% of people don’t know what schizophrenia is – but that they are willing to know more. Here at Rethink Mental Illness, we think it’s time to Rethink Schizophrenia.

We’ve created an audio experience to help people understand what it’s like to hear voices – one of the most common symptoms of schizophrenia. Please watch, share and talk about this video to your friends and family – especially those less likely to know about this condition. Help us to challenge attitudes all of this week and beyond. Join us to campaign and changes lives for good. Visit

World Mental Health Day 2017

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Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.


The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. So whether you’re an individual looking to boost your own wellbeing or an employer seeking advice on supporting your staff, we’ve got a range of ways you can get involved.

Take a deep breath

Learning to breathe more deeply can make you feel a lot calmer and increase your sense of wellbeing. Take five minutes to try out this simple breathing exercise. Once you’ve got the hang of it you can use this technique anywhere – at work, at home or on the bus or tube – anytime you feel your stress level rising or need a moment of calm.

Tips for staying well in everyday life and at work

Living with a mental health problem can often have an impact on day to day life, making things that others might not think about a bit more difficult. We’ve put together some tips and guides to help you cope with everyday life.

Read our tips for everyday living

We’ve also got suggestions on how to stay well at work including reclaiming your lunch break, achieving that all elusive work-life balance and the five essential steps to improving wellbeing on a daily basis.

Read our tips for employees

Ways for your workplace to boost staff wellbeing

Order information packs


Support your staff and managers by providing up to date, trusted information on mental health.

Our range of information booklets and leaflets are great for inspiring your staff to improve their mental wellbeing.

Order for your workplace now

Book a training course

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World Mental Health Day is a great time to book mental health training for yourself or your staff.

We have a range of courses for individuals or we can come to your workplace and tailor a course to your needs.

See our range of courses

Join our Workplace Wellbeing Index


There’s just a few weeks left to join our Workplace Wellbeing Index for 2017/18.

The Index launches just ahead of World Mental Health Day which can help your start the conversation about mental health support in the workplace.

Register your interest now

Text ‘SUPPORTUS’ to 70660 to give £3

Texts cost £3 plus your standard network charge. Mind receives 100% of your donation. Obtain the bill payer’s permission. Supporter Services 020 8215 2243. We may contact you about our charity and ways that you can support us. To give £3 but opt out from any further contact by phone and text, reply ‘NOCALL’ to 70004.

Need help? We’re here for you.

Find out about support and treatment options and ways you might be able to help yourself or support others in our A to Z

Brandon Flowers Says The Killers’ New Album Is Inspired by His Wife’s Mental Illness


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The Killers’ much-anticipated sixth album “Wonderful Wonderful” comes out September 22, and in an interview with NME, frontman Brandon Flowers revealed that part of the album is inspired by his wife’s battle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“My wife has PTSD. She has a version called Complex PTSD. It’s when a person has had multiple traumatic experiences,” he said. “Her whole life, she’s been covering it, pretending it isn’t there. For whatever reason, in her 30s, it’s decided to really manifest itself and that’s what I’m going through with my family.”

Those who have PTSD know that covering up trauma doesn’t make it go away — and that it’s not uncommon for trauma from your past to affect you later in life. Flowers said getting into counseling and getting a name for what was going on helped his wife.

“Usually I feel protective of her but I decided to take it head-on,” he said. “Now she submits to it – that doesn’t mean that she’s gonna let it beat her, but rather that she’s gonna finally acknowledge that it’s there and promise to break this cycle.”

He said writing the track “Rut” — inspired by his wife’s journey — helped him better understand what his wife was going through.

“It bonded me and Tana in a way that I never foresaw,” he said. “It helped me to understand her better and be more compassionate.”

Flowers also revealed this month that back in 2005, he had to cancel solo shows because his wife was dealing with suicidal thoughts.

“I canceled that tour because she got to a point – this is really hard for me to even say the words – but she was having suicidal thoughts. That was as bad as it got,” he said. 

We’re so thankful to Flowers to being open about his wife’s struggles, and will keep his family in our thoughts.

Talinda Bennington Shares One of the Last Photos of Chester Bennington to Make an Important Point

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On Thursday, Talinda Bennington shared a photo of her husband Chester Bennington and their family, taken just days before the Linkin Park singer died by suicide.

“This was days b4 my husband took his own life,” Bennington shared on Twitter. “Suicidal thoughts were there,but you’d. Never kmow.”

This was days b4 my husband took his own life.Suicidal thoughts were there,but you’d. Never kmow. 

The photo shows Chester surrounded by his children and smiling. He does not look “depressed” or the stereotype of what a suicidal person is “supposed to” look like. The thoughts were there, as Bennington said, but no one knew.

Since Chester’s death, Bennington has been incredibly active on Twitter, sharing tweets from others talking about Chester and using hashtags like #FuckDepression and #MakeChesterProud. The later hashtag was started by Chester’s Linkin Park bandmate Mike Shinoda, who was inspired by a similar hashtag created by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, after her husband died.

“Do something great / kind / generous to ,” Shinoda tweeted, inviting fans to honor Chester’s memory with kind acts.

Bennington’s first message came a week after Chester’s death. In a letter to fans shared on Twitter, she spoke about her grief, and closed with a message for those who were grieving as well. She wrote:

May God Bless us all and help us turn to one another when we are in pain. Chester would’ve wanted us to do so. Rest In Peace, my love.


If you or someone you know needs help, visit our suicide prevention resources page.

If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HOME” to 741-741. Head here for a list of crisis centers around the world.