YoungMinds, alongside Spotlight youth centre, worked with young people from Tower Hamlets on My Mind, My Lens, an inspiring visual arts project. Part of the wider Mark Your Mind campaign, the aim of the two-day workshop was to develop young people’s creative skills while learning more about mental health and wellbeing.
The group of young people, aged 11-18, created art and photography pieces based on areas of Tower Hamlets that held personal meaning.
The results of all their hard work was a selection of colourful collaged globes, emotive photography and thoughtful artwork that represented their worlds (the good and bad parts), what makes them happy, and where they go to for support. Each globe was covered with images, words and drawings that spoke about each young person and their lives.
people behind the art
Saarah Rahman, who captured a poignant monochrome image of a swing she likes to sit on, describes the meaning behind her piece entitled ‘Swinging by Myself’:
I spent most of my childhood at this park on this swing with my friends but everyone is slowly disappearing and so on that swing I will be lonely. I took it at Poplar Park. I want others to feel lonely when they look at it. I want others to understand how your childhood will have to disappear.
Of her photograph simply titled ‘Globe’, which depicts a mini figurine mounted on a globe, 15-year-old Imogen talks about why she captured the image and the thought behind it:
This photo represents a moment in my life and something that makes me feel better. I don’t care how other people feel when they see it. I want others to understand little people are cool by looking at it. I took it in Spotlight (youth centre).
EVERYONE HAS MENTAL HEALTH
The project gave the young people a better understanding of how to take care of their mental health and the importance of looking out for one another. Plus, they got to get out their paint brushes, cameras and glue sticks and get creative in the process! This what the Tower Hamlets young people on the project had to say:
Everyone has mental health. Our mental health is about how our minds grow and learn - about how we overcome the struggles we face, so that we can make the most of our strengths and succeed in life.