World Mental Health Day at Wembley Park
Today mark 2019’s World Mental Health Day (WMHD). The annual campaign recognised by the World Health Organisation is an effort to open up conversations around mental health, support those who are suffering and push for a change in the conversation surrounding the issue.
Understanding the importance of healthy mental health, earlier this year Wembley Park collaborated with the charity Place2Be to bring the topic of mental health to the forefront of conversations – especially in young children.
Teaming up with 11 schools across Brent, budding artists from years 5 and 6 were called to participate in an arts competition to raise awareness of children’s mental health.
With the theme ‘Healthy: Inside and Out’, the young artists were asked to create and illustrate their take on what a healthy environment is. This could be in school, at home, in their community or the work place.
In total 493 pieces of art were submitted, all with incredibly powerful messages that moved the judges. As a result of such inspiration work, each child received a certificate for participating.
Then came the impossible task of picking three winters and 60 high commended runner-ups. These winners were then displayed on the hoardings outside of Wembley Park’s community hub, The Yellow. This was to encourage dialogue surrounding mental health in spectators, parents and children, as well as promoting good mental health in everybody.
On the unveiling of the hoarding, the top three entrants had the opportunity to talk about their pieces and what it means to them.
Creativity and exploring our thoughts and feelings through art is incredibly important, and this project highlighted the difference that collaboration can make on the community and people’s lives.
Thank you to all the children, families and schools that took part in the exercise and we hope this has helped the conversation and the understanding around the importance of healthy mental health and a good environment.
If you would like to find out more about Place2Be and the work they do – visit their website here.
To find out more about WMHD and this year’s theme and activities – click here.