World Mental Health Day mural in Tower Hamlets

10th October 2016

World Mental Health Day mural in Tower Hamlets

The brilliant Johnny Wilkes from Flourishing Minds got in contact with me a few weeks before this event when he saw me organising the Psychodoodlz mural with the German Students in Leake Street. Flourishing Minds, the public health service he works for, were looking to celebrate World Mental Health Day by bringing three separate social groups together from the Tower Hamlets community to share stories and experiences around mental health and specifically around mental health well-being. The mural was intended to be a collaboration of these personal experiences through words and images in a simple monotype style using black acrylic on a white background. What was amazing about this experience was the wonderful way the mural and the whole event itself brought these social groupings together on an equal creative platform which served to enhance mental health well-being for all and reduce the stigma of mental. The three support groups that took part (as supported by the many facets of support that Flourishing Minds offers) were Somalian Women, Male Offenders and Young People. The murals themselves are to be taken on a tour of Tower Hamlets till next years World Mental Health Day event and will hopefully engage the community's many artists and non-artists, growing and changing just like the walls at Leake Street.