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Art exhibition tackles mental health stigma

Art exhibition tackles mental health stigma An art exhibition which aims to reduce the levels of social stigma often suffered by people with mental health problems is to be held in King’s Lynn.

The ‘1 in 4’ exhibition – named to reflect the high proportion of people who experience mental ill health – will take place at the Greyfriars Art Space, at 43 St James Street, Kings Lynn, from 10am-4pm on Saturday, February 11, and from 10am-3.30pm on Monday, February 13.

The exhibition is the culmination of a project involving local professional artist Louise Maclaren and about 15 people, aged between 14-30, who have experienced mental health problems. The project aimed to explore mental health issues, and to raise awareness locally about the painful effects of stigma.

“Statistically, one in every four of our population suffers some kind of mental health problem,” said Francesca Hankins, a King’s Lynn-based mental health practitioner with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.

“We would like to dispel some of the myths surrounding mental health issues, and raise awareness about the mental health experiences of young people through this innovative art show.”

The exhibition has been organised by the Trust’s West Norfolk Early Intervention Team. In addition to the artwork, the event will also feature information about mental health issues and local mental health services.

The ‘1 in 4’ event is the culmination of three full-day workshops in which Louise worked with the young people to create a range of mixed media work. Other Trust service users, who were unable to attend the workshops, will also be exhibiting their work.

The group originally met with the artist last year to formulate a plan on how to express their views about mental health issues through art.