After 10 hours of painting, 80 litres of UV paint and a canvas measuring over 450 square metres, YoungMinds Activists and staff have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest ever ultraviolent blacklight image.
About the painting
The painting, created by artist Livi Gosling and our Activists, shines a light on young people’s mental health. Under normal light the painting can’t be seen, but when lit under a blacklight, an image representing mental health is revealed of a tree inside the outline of a head. Our Activists wanted to create an image that showed mental health is something that can be positive or negative, something that can change over time, and something we need to look after. As a tree survives the seasons changing, we need to look after our mental health so we have the resilience to overcome life’s difficulties.
The artist, Livi Gosling, says:
“It’s been a pleasure to work with YoungMinds and Guinness World Records on such an important project. I’m delighted to be a Guinness World Records title holder along with YoundMinds and hope that we can keep shining a light on mental health Seeing my artwork scaled up to over 400 square meters was a surreal and exciting thing to see. I wanted to represent that just like a tree, mental health is some that needs to be nourished so that it can be healthy and blossom."
Breaking the world record
To break the world record, the entire painting had to be done using a type of UV paint that would only be visible under a black light. At least three colours had to be used, and it had to be a recognisable image that was over 416.26m2.
See what happened when our Activists took on the challenge to break this world record in just one day:
Shining a light
By successfully breaking the world record, we hope to shine a light on young people’s mental health and highlight how difficult it can be for young people to get the support the need. At the moment, fewer than one in three young people with mental health problems can get support through the NHS. This isn’t good enough. As part of the NHS long term plan, we’re fighting for increased funding for children’s mental health services. We also need to make sure that support is available through youth and community groups, as well as schools.
Our Chief Executive, Emma Thomas says:
“With this fantastic world record, we want to show young people that they’re not alone with their mental health. Talking to people you can trust – like friends, family, teachers, doctors or a helpline – can make a huge difference. We also want to shine a light on the fact that, after years of underfunding, it’s currently far too hard for young people to get specialist mental health support when they need it, help should be available for every young person who reaches out.”
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