Studio Upstairs is one of the very few organisations in the sector to openly recognise that enduring conditions of distress, often resulting from complex set of factors, which have impacted over the course of years, require longer term support as opposed to sporadic, time-limited interventions. There is more than enough evidence that the overwhelming pressures to apply short term approaches (largely guided by economic considerations), effectively leads to cycles of relapse and paradoxically presents much higher cost to individuals, families and to society as a whole.
We recognise that many people from BAME communities have and do experience discrimination in our society and this in turn can lead to poor mental health and life chances.
We want to state that as a community, we will work hard to listen and understand the barriers that people from black and ethnic minority backgrounds experience, and we will be active supporters and partners in the Black Lives Matter movement.
Freedom to Express Poem by Hayley Hellings
Shared emotions so well embraced,
Surrounded by friendship and love,
We accept ourselves and others,
Feeling safe in this space,
As our expression is freely accepted,
In love the freedom helps us learn
Surrounded by people precious and
We can then be as you, be as me,
Be safe and be free.
In this video Kathleen talks about the positive impact Studio Upstairs has had on her mental health and wellbeing.