THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Mica Montana Gray is a poet and workshop facilitator based in Birmingham. She currently works as an Applied Research Psychologist and has previously worked as an Assistant Psychologist in children's mental health services. She has completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology and a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2017.
While completing her undergraduate degree, she had an experience of depression and drug induced psychosis which resulted in a hospital admission. This experience birthed the poetry collection 'when daisies talk' which was self-published in March 2019.
'when daisies talk' explores the journey of healing through depression and psychosis and explores themes of blackness, womanhood, drugs, christianity and challenges our ideas of what it means to grow. The collection also highlights the healing power of creativity and how words can empower and give life.
The experience of being an inpatient and being diagnosed with a mental illness provided first hand experiences of the need for more affirming, compassionate and creative spaces for people struggling with their mental health.
Due to this, Mica began offering peer oriented mental health and well-being workshops that invite men and women from inside and outside of the mental health services to explore the intersections of creativity, community, and mental wellness. She has so far worked with the Red Cross, Birmingham Early Intervention Service, the Black Women's Project at Coventry University and the ISPS (International Society for Psychological Approaches in Psychology) to deliver workshops across the UK.