Just last month Radio 6 DJ Gilles Peterson curated a pop-up book and record shop at the gallery on Edwards Lane in Stoke Newington to build awareness and raise money for local mental health charity Safaplace.
The charity was set up in memory of two Stoke Newington school children. Their aim is now to Support positive mental health and wellbeing of students in Stoke Newington school via education and raise awareness for all.
Peterson said: “There’s never been a more important time for the creative community to support social issues and the existing institutions that are under pressure.”
Among the artists interviewed by Peterson were drum and bass legend Goldie, Yazmin Lacey, broadcaster Colleen Murphy, James Lavelle, Jordon Rakel, Dave Haslam and Will Ashton. Miquita Oliver interviewed The Connor Brothers.
Earlier this year local artist Elsbeth Van Der Poel has created a program designed to raise awareness of mental health among children through art and imagination.
The 43-year-old grew up in Holland and now lives in Dalston. She first came up with the idea for the programme named Worryboy when she was overcoming her own battle with depression in her 20s. Her decision to create an exhibition was sparked by a series of courses about mental health.
She said: “I hope Worryboy is helping children identify their feelings and know that it’s OK to feel emotions. We all have two sides to ourselves – we have this worried person and we have greatness and amazing gifts. Depression can impact everyone. As human beings we have to find ways to feel better when we’re feeling down.”
Earlier this year, Elsbeth worked with Year Six children from Jubillee Primary in Stoke Newington. Pupils were asked to draw what worries would look like if they were people. Through the story, children learn a few tools such as meditation, to deal with confusing emotions. They’re encouraged to tune in to their inner wisdom and to sum up what advice the “wise being” in their hearts might give.
Their work was displayed in a street exhibition with more than 17 local businesses on Church Street offering up their windows. Businesses included Location Location, Earlybird Cards, Mind Charity Shop, Olive Loves Alfie and Hair Tonic.
You can be affected by mental health problems any day of the year, but 10 October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.
We all have two sides to ourselves – we have this worried person and we have greatness and amazing gifts.
Posted 10th October 2018
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