A Fixer from Paignton in Devon, who would like young people with mental health conditions to be given more opportunities to be creative, is working on a poster campaign.
Katie Sowden (22) wants to use the posters to try and persuade local decision-makers to fund more creative activities and workshops for those with mental health needs in Torbay, as she feels there is a shortage of such services.
‘Studies have proven that the arts have a positive effect on people who have mental health conditions,’ says Katie, whose project is supported by Sanctuary Housing.
‘It allows them to integrate with people in a similar position, and encourages them to express themselves.’
She’s calling for young artists, aged between 16 and 25, to help her design the posters. Those who are chosen to be involved will be given a photo of Torbay and asked to draw, paint or sketch an image that they feel represents mental health, over the top of the original photograph.
To give some initial ideas, Katie has created her own posters with the help of Fixers, to encourage artists to come forward. You can view the posters below.
When the campaign is complete, Katie wants to display the 'works of art' across Torbay, in Paignton, Torquay and Brixham.
She hopes to see the posters up in libraries, community centres, leisure centres and GP surgeries. Local MPs, councillors and mental health services will also be given copies.
'Without support groups and projects, people with mental health conditions will lose confidence and feel alone,’ says Katie.
‘I hope this campaign will encourage local councillors, MPs and the general public to see how vital creative mental health support is to the lives of young people.
‘Fixers has helped me to develop a creative way to tackle the issue and my project has empowered me to know I can make a difference to my community.’
If you are aged 16-25 and are interested in helping with the poster campaign you can contact Katie Ost, the Fixers Young Person’s Coordinator for the West Country, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by November 4th.
To enlarge the posters below, click on the images.