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Survivors' Poetry is a national literature and perfomance charity. Set up in 1992 by four poets with first-hand experience of the mental health system, Survivors' Poetry now comprises a network of of 28 groups and more than 2,000 members worldwide. As an organisation, it is dedicated to celebrating the creative expression of survivors, and to the promotion of poetry by suvivors of mental distress. Funded by the Arts Council England, Survivors' Poetry is a user-led organisation, providing workshops, performances, readings, training courses and publications to the widest possible audience of survivors, health service providers and arts professionals, with over 95 per cent of staff, volunteers, trustees and advisors coming from a survivor background. As a charity, Survivors' Poetry aims to reach all survivors: the one in four who experience mental health problems at some point in their lives, those who self define, or identify with our definition, and those who do not define themselves at all. In this artistic mission, Survivors' Poetry states its prime purpose as: 'Challenging and changing the social and cutural definitions of poets and poetry, making connections between creativity and mental health.'
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