Youtube Ads – not us

So … we have been noticing youtube adverts appearing at the start of some of our vids.

It’s nothing to do with us … we want people to see the supportive films first rather than an advert.

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Youtube ads have nothing to do with us

Youtube started putting ads on content some time last year … we have no control over what is advertised … and we don’t even get any cash.

Looking into options but its something we will have to live with for a bit which is a pain.

We love having followers and likes of course and youtube is essential for us to get messages out to people who struggle, so do please keep watching.

Saw this and thought of you

It can be tricky sometime reaching out to a mate. Especially if you haven’t spoken to them in a while … it can get a bit awkward i know. Checking friends and family are ok … and vise versa of course is a big part of sharing how you feel

So … we thought this might help … we had a good look through www.unsplash.com a free online image gallery (they kick ass) and chose a few images that should help start a conversation.

Hence … ‘Saw this and thought of you’
Funny, inspiring, silly and cute images that we hope gives someone a smile … set up as 800×600 so it doesn’t kill your data … or theres come to think of it.

Free to download here … or if you want something different … check out unsplash. Sorry in advance as they have millions of beautiful images so you might be there a while.

Self-Care Christmas

I know we all get busy … especially this time of year. Putting everyone else first feels right somehow, but it’s important to remember yourself too. It’s so easy to forget we all need to put a little time aside to look after ourselves. Even if it’s a putting your feet up, sticking on your fave album and relaxing with a cuppa

So here is a list of cheap … I mean really cheap products that encourage a little self care to help promote wellbeing, from herbal tea to comfy socks.

Everything in this list costs around a pound and available from high street stores. Popping out to the shops … with a face mask on of course … it’s also great for wellbeing. Good exercise … releases those endorphins and try something new.

Chamomile tea
Chamomile Tea

Chamomile TeaWaitrose

We start with Chamomile tea … its actually nice … doesn’t taste like tea … but then again … nothing does. And. If its not for you …  offer to friends and sound sophisticated 

Bath Bomb

Bath BombWilko

These are great. Simple relaxation that we are normally too busy to enjoy. Got these little beauties from Wilko

Earphones

Headphones Flying Tiger

Take a short walk, music on feeling better with every step.  They are mini jack, but Flying Tiger sell the adapters cheap too. Cant actually find them on the website but they were in store last time we looked.

Mud Mask

Mud MaskSuperdrug

Clears pours, softens skin and it feels amazing. We recon you can get at least 2 or even 3 sessions from one sachet. Can feel a little bit embarrassing wearing one (talking from experience) maybe something to do when everyone is out.

Coloured Pencils

Coloured Pencils Flying Tiger

Doesn’t matter if you haven’t drawn anything since you were a kid, try it … cost a pound … and no one ever has to see your drawing. Do it for yourself. 

Hair Treatment

Hair TreatmentSuperdrug

Aussie 3 minute goodness in a sachet … smells great … instant soft hair and cost a pound. Again … can get at least 2 goes with this … depending on how much hair you have of course.

Comfy Socks

Cosy SocksPrimark

Such an advocate of comfy socks … instant cosy feel 2 pairs for 2 pounds. Great for tiredness too … Well worth a try. Could only find these up to a size 8 but we probably could have looked harder.

Fruity Soap

Fruity Soap – Wilko

Bit old school but it smells amazing. Fresh and invigorating … a really good way to start the day. Loads of different ‘flavours’ to choose from.

Face wipe

Tea Tree Face WipesWilko

Love these … feeling tired and over worked? Take 5 mins, put the kettle on …. Give your face a bit of a massage with a cleansing wipe, works wonders. Try putting them in the fridge to sooth-tired skin

Lavender Candle

Lavender Candle – Wilko

They look pretty, Soothing smell, very relaxing. Lasts for ages… Enough said.   

Face Scrub

Face ScrubAldi

This is one of those instantly feels like its done some good type of deals. Quick easy and effective, loads of inexpensive options out there too. This one is nice and gentle … if you want something a little tougher you might have to pay a bit more for a branded one.

Lip Balm

Lip BalmWilko

It’s that thing we all forget … especially when it’s freezing cold. Total no brainer really. Another instant feel more positive kind of thing. Pocket size … looks expensive too, not that it matters of course.

I hope this give you something to at least think about, take care of yourself ok, it’s not easy to put yourself first sometimes, just remember self care is not selfish.

Should point out … we have no affiliation with any of these shops, or the products they sell. We just wanted to find cheap and cheerful products that you can go to the shops and buy.

Unwanted video Kit

We are always on the look out for used audio/video kit that can help us in what we do. Computer hardware and software are always welcome. Working with our volunteers is always a challenge so its great if we can enough kit to go around.

Camera lens

We are a bit limited for space so if you think you might have something that could help, please email justin@create4mentalhealth.com Anything you can spare no matter how big or small will be greatly received.

Digital sound desk

Huge thank you for all those people who have donated kit so far, we could not have got this far without you.

A message from Frank Turner – by Justin

Frank Turner visited Kingston (again) back in May 2018 for a Banquet records show, We all were a little worried, at the time his mate Scott Hutchison – Frightened Rabbit’s front man was missing. The band had posted this earlier in the week

“We are worried about Scott, who has been missing for a little while now. He may be in a fragile state and may not be making the best decisions for himself right now.”

I can’t imagine what was going though Frank Turners head at the time, but he soldiered on, determined to give the audience what they had turned up for. We had asked if he would say a few words on camera about mental health but under the circumstances we didn’t push it. But Frank being Frank finished his sound check and strolled over and introduced himself.

Here is his interview .. full of kindness, hope and understanding.
A truly great guy, and a wonderful musician, such compassion for music, music fans, and for people who struggle.

He played his heart out during the gig, most unaware of his personal struggle at the time.

Scott’s body was discovered a few days after our interview, he had tragically taken his own life.

Tiny Changes was set up by his friends and family to help support other young people who find it tough sometimes.

Frank Turner – Little Changes

Little Changes … filmed by our amazing volunteers. lets hope we can film more shows very soon.


Production tools

For us, making films that look great is important, to put strong images together with a strong message to help people who aren’t having a great day. We use a few production techniques to get the most out of what we film. Some of which are free to use, which is amazing .

One of our favourites is Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 17

Loads to learn, easy to use and there is a free version. Giving everyone the chance to make good video look great. Editing, graphics and colour correction all in one.

We do use other products of course, Avid Media Composer, Pro Tools and Adobe of course.
There are free versions of Media composer and Pro tools available.

Correcting colour and adding snow

Keep creating and keep supporting each other. Happy filming

Jamie Cullum

We had an amazing day filming the hugely talented Jamie Cullum for our dear friends at Banquet Records, The show was to celebrate the release of His new album ‘The Pianoman At Christmas’ Jamie returned to Kingston for a couple of social distanced shows at The Rose Theatre. Pick up the album from Banquet Records here

Jamie Cullum – Hang your lights

Christmas film

We are currently making our Christmas film, it will look very different to how we imagined, such grand plans and then we had lockdown.

Our film this year is based around not doing great. Dont think any of us are doing great this year, but together we can all feel a bit better.

Supporting each other through these difficult weeks and months is so important. Especially this close to Christmas.

Self-care first aid

For this years world mental health day, we decided to give away a self care first aid kit. Full of goodies to encourage self care. To enter have a look at our socials @create4mh

We must thank everyone who helped us out with this, Clarins, Superdrug and of course Banquet Records, who have been supporting us since we started.
Turn your phone off, make yourself a herbal tea and press play on your favourite album.
If you have any tips for self care please let us lmow, we would love to feature some of them on our stories page

World suicide prevention day

We made a short 40 second film, in the time it takes to watch it, someone, somewhere will have taken their own life

Around 800,000 people each year take their own life, that’s one person every 40 seconds, or the length of this short film, If you are struggling or know someone who is please reach out. There are many organisations that can help. Get in touch and let’s support each other.