The eve of World Mental Health Day marks the official launch of a thought-provoking visual arts exhibition.
The Welcome to My World exhibition, at the Neoartists Gallery in The Market Place, is the culmination of two years of work by participants of the Welcome to My World project supported by Bolton Council through Arts Council England funding.
The project brings together hospital and community mental health services to create art and support recovery for people experiencing mental health problems and is delivered by the council’s arts development team, Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bolton Association of Networks and Drop-ins (BAND), the Patients Council and Neoartists.
The group met each week to explore issues of identity, personality and the inner world, and the project allowed participants the time and space to try out a variety of art forms with local community artists.
As well as producing an exciting exhibition, the project has prompted participants to explore a wider range of activities and raised aspirations in their mental health journey.
As a consequence of the project, BAND is now offering more integrated sessions including cookery and football, and new friendships have sprung up for many who have taken part.
This exhibition hopes to raise awareness about how important mental health is to our overall health and wellbeing. Statistically, one in four people will have a mental health problem within one year and many more in a lifetime.
The exhibition is open to the public from October 1 to October 18, from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Saturday and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
A special launch event will take place on Friday, October 9 at 2pm in advance of World Mental Health Day on October 10.
For further information about the exhibition visit the Bolton Life website.