Shaar Jackson, who receives support from Forward Leeds for her issues around alcohol, had her film Emotional Lockdown shortlisted for the Recovery Street Film Festival prize. The shortlist and the winners were announced via a Facebook Live stream that featured actor Jason Flemyng and comedian Russell Brand. Shaar’s film is a very personal one that…

Jackie Blackburn outside the Kirkgate hub
Staff member Jackie Blackburn outside the Forward Leeds hub on Kirkgate

From the 15 June Forward Leeds will begin seeing users of its service face-to-face again. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, has been closed to in-person appointments since lockdown began in England. All consultations with just a few exceptions have been over the phone or online. From Monday 15 June onwards the three…

Matthew Gaskell

Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead at Forward Leeds, Matthew Gaskell addressed an audience of 150 on why it can be unhelpful to treat addiction as a brain disease . The audience at St. Chads Parish Centre on 1 June 2018 was made up of professionals and interested members of the public who had come to…

On the 30th of November 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy, the centre in Leeds for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, ran its first Open House and was busy throughout the day with over 100 visitors. As well as a chance to look around the recovery centre, visitors could enjoy taster…

​For World Mental Health Day 2017 two of the specialist team at Forward Leeds recorded brief videos about substance misuse and mental health. ​Matthew Gaskell is the Consultant Psychologist at Forward Leeds and the Clinical Lead in the mental health team.​ His video on addiction and mental health is below. He talks about the advantages of…

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