22 January 2021

An online display of poetry, artwork and messages of hope, personal experiences and challenging the stigma around mental illness has been created for a collaborative project between ELFT’s Break The Stigma campaign and The Higgins Gallery & Museum in Bedford. 

People from Bedfordshire and Luton created the work to go into this project which resulted in 45 pieces of work being submitted for it.  

Ben Salmons – The Trusts Break The Stigma campaign lead said ”A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this project and for being so patient and understanding when we found out the display wasn't able to go ahead as initially planned. We were due to have this display installed in outside display cases by The Higgins Bedford, but due to the lockdown we were unfortunately not able to do this, so we created the display online, so it was still available for everyone to see” 

Vicki  Blair- The Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the Higgins said “It has been brilliant working together again with the Let’s Be Open about Mental Health to Break the Stigma Campaign. Ben Salmons at ELFT has worked tirelessly to bring together these fantastic poems, pictures and words of hope for all. Thanks to all those who shared their thoughts and feelings and to the local organisations who offer such great support. We are looking forward to when this can be displayed outside The Higgins Bedford to spread the word even further”. 

Ben added” We have included information on where to access help and support if you are struggling with your mental health as this was our plan to include this with the outside display to help raise awareness of mental health services for those that need help and support.” 

View the online display here: Let's Be Open About Mental Health To Break The Stigma>>