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Looking Glass is a digital art course that explores identity and self expression in a completely new way, through developing an artistic vocabulary. Using art in this way as a means of expression is often easier than trying to describe emotions and feelings straight out in spoken language – and it can be a lot of fun too!

The most common form of despair is not being who you are – Søren Kierkegaard

Over twelve, two-hour sessions – normally one per week – those taking part explore concepts relating their mental health and to living life to the full, through interactive exercises, discussions and art-based tools.

After taking part in Looking Glass, our clients have said that:

  • their overall well-being has improved
  • their insight into their mental health concerns has deepened
  • they have a more positive outlook towards themselves, life and the future

A man will be imprisoned in a room with a door that’s unlocked and opens inwards;
as long as it does not occur to him to pull rather than push – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“It is difficult to think about who you are, unless someone asks you. Until I did this exercise, I never thought about who I am…”

“I have learnt so much about myself during this course, much more than my whole life”

“I enjoyed it immensely. My mother always told me ‘you need to discover your inner child and let it go’. Today I felt I did that.”

“Going out on that [foggy] day that was the best thing ever in my life”.

“Some days one of us would come feeling lowest of the low, then leave as a totally different person, with a lifted mood”

“I learned new perspectives on life and new skills in a friendly environment”.

“I got to be an adult and learn new things, rather than just being a mum and being interrupted and unable to listen. I managed all these during this course”.

“I have never engaged my brain so actively before”

Resources for Looking Glass

Who Cares?

Download the report on our conference on Faith, Culture and Mental Health produced in association with Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, SEEFF and the Diocese of Oxford.