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In the autumn of 2015, over 600 members of the public took part in Freedom of Creativity, an event organised by the members of Lewisham Mental Health Connection (LMHC) to encourage self expression and creativity to improve wellbeing.

LMHC are a group of people working together to connect charities, carers, people using mental health services in the borough of Lewisham.  They are committed to improving mental health services in Lewisham and making it a better place for people experiencing ill mental health.

We ran a ‘Wellbeing Trail’. Based on the principles of the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’, we placed checkpoints around the museum that encouraged participants to use the Horniman’s resources to improve their mental health and make them happy. 

At the ‘Connect’ checkpoint we asked participants to write ‘hello’ in their native tongue.

At the ‘Take Notice’ checkpoint we encouraged participants to use their senses to explore objects from the hands on base in the calming setting of African worlds gallery. 

At ‘Be Active’ checkpoint participants were sent out into the Music gallery t find there favourite instrument. They then had to replicated the sound of the instrument for our lovely wellbeing helpers!

At the ‘Keep Learning’ checkpoint participants were directed to pick a question out of a top hat. All of the answers were out in the Natural history gallery for them to find. 

At the ‘Give’ checkpoint we asked participants to make a pledge to improve their wellbeing or to do something to make someone else happy.

We asked them to hang their pledges on the Wellbeing tree! 

LMHC had an information stand with information of local services. They also had Fiona, a trained Time to Change champion, speaking with members of the public about mental health. 

Quo Vadis Trust ran a sand mandala making workshop, Equinox Care a workshop showing families about playing games together and Hexagon Housing Association a Mindfulness session. To find out more pop over to the horniman blog of the day! Here.

Many Thanks

The Horniman Museum & Gardens | Members who Volunteered their time
Lewisham Mental Health Connection