About

For the past 4 years I have been working as a Senior Support Worker at Chalkhill hospital  in Haywards Heath, one of the country's leading hospitals for treating adolescents with acute mental health problems. Whilst there I set up and have been running a weekly 'Pete's Poetry Workshop' which has been the most popular therapeutic group ever run on the ward. The young people have found that the group, and further 1-1 writing work, has really helped them understand and relate to others what they are experiencing.

 

In 2021 I studied at Metanoia Institute in London, completing their Creative Writing for Therapeutic Practitioners course. This course helped me to recognise and develop the work I do with young people concerning writing and mental health. In my time at Chalkhill I have worked with a lot of young people experiencing extreme mental distress. It is imperative to quickly establish commuinication and trust and once this is achieved to move onto coping strategies, risk plans, 

 

After teaching over a hundred workshops at Chalkhill, I have seen the profound effect that writing can have. I h

 

 

 

I have also worked with parents, social workers, external agencies and charities. I feel it is now time to move out into the community and to help young people either after, or before, they have an inpatient admission. 

Prior to working in Chalkhill I have worked in schools with autistic children, taught writing to adults and home educated children, published a book, performed spoken word and short stories, worked as a portfolio analyst in investment banking and have lived in New York, Amsterdam, Dublin, London, Brighton and now Lewes. 

"Thank you for poetry. I never really got into it at school but as everyone knows, Pete's poetry is fu*king different and fu*king brilliant. It's inspired me to keep writing even when I leave."

T. 17

"You have been amazing. Not only have you stood by my values and beliefs you have also inspired me to realise that life can get better."

E. 15

"Thank you for all your amazing drawings of what's going on inside my brain. They were honestly extremely helpful and really clear and easy to understand."

A. 17

"Thank you for being so kind and supportive to me, you've helped me more than you know.

p.s. I love your poetry sessions - they're FIRE!!"

R. 17

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