Shropshire Council

Listening ear, emotional wellbeing and community support

Samaritans

Shropshire MHS, Mental Health Support

Find out more about weekly support groups from the Shropshire MHS website.

Qube – Community Creative Care

Oswestry-based charity serving the needs of the local community. Support available with shopping and delivery, coordination of transport to medical appointments, telephone befriending, and arts resources for things for people to do at home.

Calmer Café No 1 by Shropshire (mental health support service)

  • Telephone: 01743 368647

Open in Shrewsbury Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 6pm until 10pm

This drop-in service is specifically designed for people who are struggling with their mental health, who need a safe place to talk, receive support and be amongst others.

Due to restrictions in numbers under Covid 19 guidelines, we would ask you to give us a call prior to visiting so that we can book you a place.

Creative activities to support mental health

The Creative Studio - Designs in mind

Examples of design in mind creative activities

Designs in Mind is now welcoming new referrals to our Creative Studio and HEP programme (for those referred through Drug and Alcohol Services). 

The Creative Studio is open to adults who want to improve their mental health by seeking creative challenge, a sense of purpose and friendship. 

Designs in Mind is an Art and Design studio based in Shropshire. For 25 years we have been supporting adults with mental health issues and delivering high quality, ambitious, experimental Art and Design work. 

Anyone can benefit from being creative in a group, Designs in Mind offers you a sense of purpose and meaning, the chance to build confidence, self-esteem and meet people. We will teach you new skills and support you to grow and develop. We partner with other organisations who can advise you about training, education, employment. finance and wellbeing. 

"I wasn't prepared for the warmth and kindness I received. The word 'art' and all the scary connotations it brought with it hadn't even entered my head yet, but I knew I'd have to let it go and just try" - Virtual Studio Member.

"It is possible to live with a mental illness and move on in life, especially when the support and belief in you is there. Having a purpose to feel useful and be encouraged to step outside the box once in a while..." - Creative Studio Member.

For just three letters, 'ART' can be a big, intimidating word. You need no previous experience of making to embark on this creative adventure, just a good internet connection and an interest in trying new things. 

Each week you will be led through a serious of creative exercises to explore drawing, collage, embroidery, ceramics and more. The Creative Studio is a place to play, collaborate and learn to love making and creating. It is an opportunity for you to surprise yourself and say "Wow! I made that".

If you are interested in working creatively and being part of a supportive community, you can be referred through your GP, Mental Health Services, Drug and Alcohol Services or self-refer to The Creative Studio.

For more information, email stuart@designsinmind.co.uk or speak to Stuart on 07410 923 327.

Designs in Mind are for dual diagnosis MH and Drug and Alcohol Misuse. This also includes mental health challenges. If you would like more information about The Creative Studio for Design in Mind, please visit the design in mind website or call 01691 655 140.

Moulding with clay