How We Started Offering Immediate Mental Health Support, Without Any Waiting Lists

When Emma and Peggy suddenly lost the jobs they loved, they started a business on a shoestring, to offer mindful art groups, support mental health and tackle social isolation in the Plymouth area.

Mental health services were already overstretched and the pandemic has made that even worse. Mindful Art Club gives people a way to access help and support immediately, without a waiting list, and without finances being a barrier to access.

Emma and I are helping to create a world where peer support, mindfulness, creative activities, and social connection is more easily available in local communities. 

Peggy Melmoth

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If you’ve ever felt stressed, anxious or depressed, we have a free downloadable mindful colouring bundle with zen doodling exercises for you. Just enter your email now to receive our colouring bundle today, and we will write to you monthly to let you know about our latest free and low-cost events in the Plymouth area.

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Free Printable Mandala Template

Drawing a mandala doesn’t have to be complicated. Mindful art means drawing without self-judgement. Get in the flow and enjoy being in the moment without putting any expectations onto yourself.

Use our free printable mandala template as a guide. Just place some plain paper over the top and trace the segmented circle image. Then fill in the separate parts with zen doodles, patterns, positive affirmations, things you are good at, or things that you are grateful for. Check out some examples done by people who come to our mindful art groups. The important thing is to have fun with it.

You may also like this short video of Peggy and Emma: How to Draw a Mandala.

Feeling isolated? Stick on an hour long video recording of one of our classes in the background, and enjoy some coffee, creativity and company. (You will need to be on Facebook to see these videos.)

Can’t be bothered to draw your own mandala? We get that! Colour in a ready-made mandala instead, included in our free mindful colouring bundle.

Mindful Colouring: Free Download

Are you stressed? Anxious? Depressed? This mindful therapeutic gift could be the start of a creative solution for you.

It’s amazing how the simple act of colouring can calm the mind down. I have designed a few mindful art colouring pages around the theme of “I am enough” using a little egg character that I created. His caption is, “I am an oeuf.” (Oeuf is French for egg.) The oeuf character makes me smile. Grab your free colouring pages by signing up to our mailing list, and then we’ll write to you monthly to let you know about our latest free and low-cost events in the Plymouth area, plus videos and mindfulness recordings. (Your details are safe with us, and you can unsubscribe at any time.)

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How to Share MAC With Your Community

Would you like to cheer up your neighbours?

Want to connect your local community?

Want to share our creativity and company with those who need it most?

This printable A4 poster is the answer you are looking for!

Be the change you want to see in the world, and put this A4 rainbow poster in your window, to invite others to join our online art groups. It could really make a difference to somebody who lives alone, or someone who is struggling with their mental health.

Download printable A4 poster.

It doesn’t have to cost any money to share a little bit of happiness with the world outside your window. Thank you so much. Stay safe.

Mental Health Resources

Mental health challenges can range from depression, anxiety, stress, self-harm, and personality disorders, to bereavement, addiction and more. However, there is a surprising amount of support available in the community around Plymouth, where we are based. We have created a list of local resources, offering support, counselling, groups, education, activities, advice and information. While it is not possible to visit most of these organisations during the Covid-19 outbreak, their websites offer information and alternative sources of support.

You can also enjoy social connection, mindfulness and art by watching one of our Facebook live groups during the Corona Virus lockdown.

Please let us know if there is anything else that we could add to our resources page.

[Listen] Mindful Body Scan

Are you thinking of trying mindfulness?
Were you meaning to try our classes but have not got around to it yet?
Have you already been to our art club, but don’t do any mindfulness at home?

This is the solution you are looking for! 

This 15 minute mindfulness recording guides you to bring your attention to experiences happening in the present moment, without judgement. For best results, choose a place where you will not be disturbed, listen with headphones and close your eyes. 

Listen Now: Mindful Body Scan

Also, at Mindful Art Club recently some people were asking us what is the meditative music we usually listen to? It’s called Natural Stress Relief. I used it a lot with my clients when I was a practicing hypnotherapist.

MP3 or CD available on AmazonNatural Stress Relief

Remember, in February we will be increasing our prices to £5:00 per session. So do come and try a taster class now and just pay what you can afford. Invest in your mental health and creativity now, and socialise with a small, friendly group of people.

For best results, listen with headphones and close your eyes. For the free colouring pages click here.