LYNFEST artworkBradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust will be staging its award-winning annual festival of music and arts for in-patients experiencing mental health conditions and their families, at Lynfield Mount Hospital, on 20 June 2018.

LYNFEST showcases live musical performances from patients, staff, local performers and community based arts providers. Patients will also play musical instruments, take part in interactive jams, drumming and singing workshops.

Chris Weston, Head of Occupational Therapist for the Care Trust’s Specialist In-patient Services, said: “This is the third festival we will have hosted and it’s becoming a real focal point in the year for patients, staff and others involved in the care of people with mental health conditions in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven. Individuals become motivated to rally together around LYNFEST and it’s creating a real sense of community. It is an opportunity to have fun whilst engaging in activities which ultimately support individual’s recovery. Through championing the skills and creativity of our patients and involving a range of community groups and performers, the festival is also helping to break down barriers and stigma surrounding mental health conditions.”

All patients will have the opportunity to showcase their talents from performing live on the main stage, displaying art and reading poetry, to recording original music to be played on the day and helping to plan and deliver the festival.

LYNFEST has formed part of the ‘Recovery College’ for Moorlands View, the Trust’s hospital facility for men with mental health problems who require management under conditions of low security. Everyone involved will be contributing in their own ways, including baking cakes for people to enjoy on the day and helping with the staging.

The award-winning festival received a national accolade in 2017 for Breaking Down Barriers/Tackling Stigma in the National Service User Awards, which recognises remarkable achievements and innovations led by service users in secure mental health services nationwide.

Bev Knaggs, Specialist Inpatient Services Manager at the Care Trust, said: “LYNFEST, which has now become an annual event, is an amazing and extraordinary day that demonstrates the positive effects music and art can have on recovery and well-being for people experiencing mental ill health.”

Comments from people who attended last year’s event included: “It’s great to see so much energy in the room at LYNFEST. Happy, smiley faces – wellbeing and recovery.”

A patient added: “It’s great. I enjoy it. I have served tea and coffee for people to enjoy at LYNFEST.”