A night of many artists with Kim Noble

Imagine having 20 ‘main’ personalities sharing your body. They are all different and many of them are artists. Well a Bromley audience of 120 people enjoyed a fascinating evening this week with such a person – Kim Noble.

Kim Noble has Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly Multiple Personality Disorder). This is a complex disorder that many people find hard to believe (including, at one point, Kim). This has caused many problems over a 35 year period resulting in chaotic involvement with mental health services.

However Kim is a mother and a very successful artist. The Central Library crowd found out how art has changed Kim’s life. Her work is widely sought after and she has made numerous TV appearances including The Oprah Winfrey Show.

The event was produced and run by ResearchNet, a service user and carer research group interested in all aspects of mental health. It was designed as part of a research project to look at public attitudes toward mental health issues. The evening introduced Kim’s fascinating story and showcased her art. People had the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Kim’s autobiography – All Of Me.

Many ResearchNet members are on the innovative Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust Volunteer to work scheme. Oxleas provides mental health and learning disability services in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich boroughs and community health services in Bexley and Greenwich.

Two members of ResearchNet were extremely accomplished in their Master of Ceremony duties. Another highlight of the evening was the question and answer session. Kim was asked ‘Do all your personalities paint?’ Kim replied: “No. Fourteen of them do but I have 20 personalities one of whom has requested that her artwork is not shown.” Another member of the audience asked if Kim had a different wardrobe for each of her personalities. She said it’s calmed down a bit now – but that she used to change outfits several times a day.

Notes for editors

Oxleas is in south east London and provides mental health and learning disability services in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich boroughs, community health services in Bexley and Greenwich, and specialist services to Lewisham.

ResearchNet is a group of Oxleas service users and carers who are interested in and research all aspects of mental health. They write papers for health journals, interview service users and carers about their experience of mental health services and organise events.

Published on 18th November 2011 News Release