Toolbox Workshops

Toolbox Workshops

The SAFA Toolbox – where are we now?

Since September 2020, we’ve been busily working away with a whole host of individuals on the creation of online “tools” to support people’s mental health. 

So far, the project has been a huge success! 

Since our launch, we have:

  • Held more than 20 workshops which have been attended by over 100 local people who have helped us shape the toolbox; the toolbox has been crafted completely by people from Cumbria and Lancashire
  • Had contributions from 28 amazing tool creators; a mixture of individuals who have created a tool using their own mental health experiences, and professionals sharing their expertise  
  • Developed more than 40 online tools; a huge variety of resources covering a number of mental health categories – from anxiety to depression, phobias to bereavement, friendships to identity, and many more

We’re incredibly proud of the work that has been done so far, and are immeasurably grateful to those individuals who have taken time to create tools based on their own experience or expertise, to benefit those who might need them. 

Some of the amazing tools include: 

  • Meditation and mindfulness videos 
  • Original poetry and songwriting 
  • Artwork and illustrations portraying different mental health struggles 
  • Videos discussing identity, faith, and how your brain works 
  • Personal stories such as Thomas, who talks openly about his experiences with borderline personality disorder, separation anxiety, phobias and identity 
  • Animations explaining aspects of mental health, such as the “Cycle of Change” (really useful for understanding Addiction and addictive behaviours) 
  • A podcast dedicated to sharing music to lift your mood 
  • Advice on connecting to nature, including wild swimming and forest bathing 
  • Advice on speaking to others about mental health and connecting with a counsellor 

And loads more!

We had no doubt about the level of creativity and skill of local people, and the toolbox is a true reflection of what can be created when we put our heads together.

So a huge THANK YOU to everyone that has been involved so far! 

What’s next for the SAFA Toolbox? 

The aims of the toolbox now are all about GROWTH. That is; growing our breadth of tools, and growing the community that we’ve started to build.

We believe that the toolbox should be a living, growing thing; constantly being updated with new tools and material so that people can treat the toolbox as a real source of regular mental health support.

Now that we’ve established the categories that we want to cover, we’re looking to populate each one with really useful tools that relate to that category. 

So, we need your help!

The categories that we need input for are:

  • Isolation, loneliness and connection
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Selfcare, burnouts and resilience
  • Supporting people with mental health challenges

Do any of these categories speak to you? 

Throughout August and September, we’re going to be hosting workshops focusing on these areas. The workshops will give those in attendance an opportunity to voice their own experiences, talk about what has helped them, and offer input into resources we could create to help others going through something similar.

If you have experience with any of the mental health challenges in this list, we would love to hear from you. Keep an eye out on our socials for workshop dates.

Can’t attend a workshop but want to be involved? No problem!

You can keep up with us via our Instagram and Twitter pages. We’re always asking our followers for input, so look out on our stories to see how you can help. Every like, comment and share helps us to spread the word and create a more informed toolbox!

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