Braintree Rethink Self-Help Art Group are affiliated to the charity Rethink Mental Illness ( The Art Group is for all those with mental illness; we have over 40 members and meet each week on a Tuesday afternoon. We provide all the materials and they do some amazing pieces of artwork. We give the members a warm, safe place to meet and help and support them, but many a time they are helping each other because they are all in the same boat and understand one another.

We celebrate our 12th Birthday this November… over the twelve years we have had well over 200 through our doors and many have gone back to college or university or left to get employment. I am very proud of each and every one of them.

We used to have meetings every Tuesday but sadly this year has been a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so this exhibition is going to give a boost to all the members.

– Trina Whittaker (Group Coordinator)

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