Anna is a kind, smart, and thoughtful therapist who has created this lovely mash-up of support and creativity. I’ve attended the Connect workshop several times now and it’s a great place to pick up very practical tips to help with getting through lockdown. It’s also a great place to put pen to paper and process our current situation through writing. I highly recommend it to anyone who feels they could do with a bit of help or advice and especially, but not exclusively, to writers and poets.
Our team had a great 2-hour workshop with Mind Over Matter for our team day. It was based on their standard creative and psychotherapeutic model, but they personalised the theme to help suit what our team’s been going through recently. It was really engaging and a good mix of meditation, creative exploration and self-reflection. Even people who weren’t sure if it’d be for them were amazed at how much they took from the workshop. Our team really bonded from the session and we’re still talking about it today. The people at Mind Over Matter are also very accommodating and easy to work with. I’d recommend their workshop for any team – it’d really benefit you more than you think!
Fisky was the keynote speaker for our Mindspace event (a mental health and wellbeing conference) for students aged 15-18 across Newham. His willingness to share his own personal story made him a relatable and riveting role model for our students, who were inspired by his openness and the practical strategies he has used to improve his wellbeing over the years.
Miss Yankey also ran a poetry workshop which allowed our students to express their inner emotions constructively and creatively through the written word.
Students still speak about their memories of this event and the workshop, as genuinely memorable part of their sixth form life. We are so lucky to have had Fisky’s involvement in our event and look forward to working together again in the future!
MoM ran a mental health and creative writing workshop for young adults for us ahead of Mental Health Awareness week 2019. They we’re brilliant, came with lots of ideas, enthusiasm, warmth and we had a huge amount of positive feedback from the young adults.
Fisky and Miss Yankey are amazing partners who truly understand the tools and techniques needed to help young people express themselves within this art form. Following the event, having Mind over Matter and Poetry Prescribed facilitating workshops with our young people during World Mental Health Day 2018, shows the determination and empathy they both hold in helping young people strive for better outcomes. It is great to have them as partners to enable more young Londoners to express themselves creatively.
Fisky was an amazingly professional colleague, he delivered his class with honesty, and spoke with heart. He created a safe space for others to do the same. He supported the shy and quite members of the group and created a warm and caring atmosphere. Everyone who met him asked for him to come back. It was an amazing experience and I value our ongoing working relationship.
Fisky came in to support our efforts for 2019’s Mental Health Awareness Week. His session tied in perfectly with our overall theme where music and spoken word featured heavily. He was open, brutally honest and inspirational in his speech. When he shared his poetry the room really came alive, hearing the pain, challenge and determination to change in his words. I’d definitely recommend Fisky to others who genuinely want to explore and support mental health issues for their staff.
What Fisky and Miss Yankey have achieved is nothing short of phenomenal. They have created a community of artists and admirers alike; who listen, share, engage and most importantly are able to feel peace and at home, loved for who they are and what they do.
I mean it with the weight that the sentiment carries; MoM, it’s team and poetry quite possibly saved my life and for that I will be eternally grateful and cannot recommend you get yourself, your whole self, to one of these very special events.