Mental Wealth exhibition

Images taken by people with mental health needs. Some of them show what it is like to have a mental health need. Others show the things that make life worth living.
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“This picture is about re-learning to get on the bus and not getting impatient. It is the kind of thing other people take for granted but I have found it very hard for a while. I chose to photograph this because I wanted to show how difficult it is for me to be independent. I am trying to change my way of thinking to see a bus journey as a way of going from A to B rather than being trapped. I wish I could be like the other people on the bus who seem relaxed and comfortable.” Terry

“This picture is about re-learning to get on the bus and not getting impatient. It is the kind of thing other people take for granted but I have found it very hard for a while. I chose to photograph this because I wanted to show how difficult it is for me to be independent. I am trying to change my way of thinking to see a bus journey as a way of going from A to B rather than being trapped. I wish I could be like the other people on the bus who seem relaxed and comfortable.” Terry

“This picture expresses a sense of being serene and moving in a direction – being future orientated, digesting the past and looking forward. If you are getting over mental health problems support is vital but we need the freedom to define the future for ourselves – to define our dreams and ambitions.” Ben

“This picture expresses a sense of being serene and moving in a direction – being future orientated, digesting the past and looking forward. If you are getting over mental health problems support is vital but we need the freedom to define the future for ourselves – to define our dreams and ambitions.” Ben

“Shopping is something that everyone has to do. Many people take something like going shopping for granted but it is not easy for all of us. I go every Tuesday. Things like getting the trolley out, people blocking the aisles, unpacking the trolley, carrying heavy stuff – all these things can be hard. I am totally capable of doing it but a little help goes a long way. As Tesco says, ‘Every Little Helps’!” Terry

“Shopping is something that everyone has to do. Many people take something like going shopping for granted but it is not easy for all of us. I go every Tuesday. Things like getting the trolley out, people blocking the aisles, unpacking the trolley, carrying heavy stuff – all these things can be hard. I am totally capable of doing it but a little help goes a long way. As Tesco says, ‘Every Little Helps’!” Terry

“These pictures are important because I don’t like going out unless I’ve got a reason to. I don’t feel comfortable around a lot of people. I stay in my room where I feel safe but for these photos I got out and about and went to the charity shops. I got a taxi there. I like the charity shops because I collect things and I can get bargains there. I collect anything and everything.” Martin

“These pictures are important because I don’t like going out unless I’ve got a reason to. I don’t feel comfortable around a lot of people. I stay in my room where I feel safe but for these photos I got out and about and went to the charity shops. I got a taxi there. I like the charity shops because I collect things and I can get bargains there. I collect anything and everything.” Martin

“In this photo I am trying to show how you feel when you are ill. You feel insecure, lonely, paranoid, scared of being taken away, I even became scared of my own family. When you are ill you feel surreal because of the drugs – you hear voices, sounds, you see colours, lights. You think you see a weird thing then you look again and it’s something normal. Now I am well I don’t see these things or hear those voices. But it’s always there and sometimes the drugs can make you feel strange.”…

“In this photo I am trying to show how you feel when you are ill. You feel insecure, lonely, paranoid, scared of being taken away, I even became scared of my own family. When you are ill you feel surreal because of the drugs – you hear voices, sounds, you see colours, lights. You think you see a weird thing then you look again and it’s something normal. Now I am well I don’t see these things or hear those voices. But it’s always there and sometimes the drugs can make you feel strange.”…

“If you have schizophrenia it can feel like the heap of rubbish in your life. Don’t try and sort it or order it but find a balance on it and climb to the top. Having support and accommodation gives you a lift. You can use medication to step up it rather than be buried under it. You are afraid of falling. At the top the air is fresh.” Simon

“If you have schizophrenia it can feel like the heap of rubbish in your life. Don’t try and sort it or order it but find a balance on it and climb to the top. Having support and accommodation gives you a lift. You can use medication to step up it rather than be buried under it. You are afraid of falling. At the top the air is fresh.” Simon

“This photo is about looking into the heart of the sun. When you are schizophrenic you see beautiful colours but it makes you blind – like looking into the sun. If you look too close things blur but it doesn’t mean they are not there. Schizophrenia or mental illness is when the colour drains from you.” Simon

“This photo is about looking into the heart of the sun. When you are schizophrenic you see beautiful colours but it makes you blind – like looking into the sun. If you look too close things blur but it doesn’t mean they are not there. Schizophrenia or mental illness is when the colour drains from you.” Simon

“The beach is a very calm space where I can experience freedom of thought and well being. I enjoy spending time with my dog and I feel in this particular picture a feeling of balance and happiness is communicated. Balance is crucial as it implies contentment, a state of equilibrium. This can be achieved through keeping busy, doing different activities. It is important if you have mental health issues to get out there and to be active.” Ben

“The beach is a very calm space where I can experience freedom of thought and well being. I enjoy spending time with my dog and I feel in this particular picture a feeling of balance and happiness is communicated. Balance is crucial as it implies contentment, a state of equilibrium. This can be achieved through keeping busy, doing different activities. It is important if you have mental health issues to get out there and to be active.” Ben


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