Peter Hirst

Welcome to ‘The Yellow Book’ which was created with the hope to connect, support and inspire.

I experienced challenging times in my early 20’s which led to a number of admissions to mental health hospital, spending around 11 months on the wards. I was diagnosed with bipolar affective disorder. It’s now been 16 years since my last admission and many things have changed in my life for the better. For me and many others a key factor to maintaining wellbeing was finding the right tools. We are all so unique and so it’s important to know that there are plenty of options available to help empower us. This is the reason we created a Wellbeing section within The Yellow Book to empower choice.

Creativity is such an important part of expression; it always amazes me to see the variety and standard of entries expressing the things that inspire and keep us well. Congratulations to all those selected to be published by the assessors.

It was wonderful to work with the other guys in ‘refuge’ to write the ‘Sounds Inspired’ song for the project and to connect and record with so many music artists who understand the importance of music for our wellbeing.

I send such gratitude to all the people that have supported this venture, and hope that you find this resource useful.

In kindness, Peter

rethinkyourmind Project Manager & Creator

“Music produces a kind of pleasure that human nature cannot do without” – Confucius

Refuge has been creating and donating music to the creative, wellbeing project ‘rethinkyourmind’ since it’s inception, writing songs developing the public’s poems into lyrics and producing music for the mindful meditations by Claire Evans, that feature on the project’s resources. The focus of the ‘rethinkyourmind’ project has always been about what helps people feel better and Refuge band members agree that it’s good to value our wellbeing and focus on what inspires us, especially in these times. They are delighted that artists they respect so much, have come on board to support this work and hope that you all enjoy being part of this project which aims to lift and inspire others. The #SoundsInspired single for the latest project was developed from a track from their latest album ‘Perception’.