The project


Never Better aims to bring mental health to the foreground, by exploring our past treatment of mental health and combining it with real, day to day stories from individuals and communities living with mental ill health.  

This exciting and innovative project will work with research teams,  unearthing stories from the archives that reveal personal and professional tales of mental health through the ages. Alongside this research we will be  gathering contemporary mental health narratives from local communities across the City.

This material will be combined and used to create a delicate and moving piece of performance theatre in September 2019 where a cast of professional and community actors will bring these stories to life. 

Any stories that are gathered will also be added to Gloucestershire Archives’ collections, where they will be preserved permanently as a resource for use in research and publication. 


share your story

If you have experienced mental ill health or have worked in mental health care in Gloucester and would like to be part of this innovative project we would like to hear your story. We want to gather stories that can help understand the current situation of living and dealing with mental health issues. 

Your stories will help create an awareness of how mental health treatments have evolved over the last 150 years in Gloucestershire.  

If you would like to be part of this project and have a story you would like to be heard please contact our Community Gatherer:

Caroline Jester at