An exhibition highlighting the therapeutic value of art in managing mental health issues is being held at County Hall, Maidstone this month.
The display, entitled ‘Art in Mind’ will see the art gallery next to the Stone Hall filled with drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and papier-mâché from Monday, September 23, until October 11.
Organisations taking part include Mind, Take Off Works, Deal Therapeutic Community, INTRA Rochester and The Blackthorn Trust, all of whom will be taking the opportunity to showcase their achievements and those of their service users.
The exhibition is being organised by Kent County Council Adult Social care and coincides with World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Paul Jerome, one of the exhibition’s organisers, said: “One in four of us will experience mental health issues at some point during our lives and our exhibition is a chance to show how art can be a very positive outlet for people to use their creativity and express themselves.
“This year we have a spectacular array of art and I am grateful for everyone who contributed to the exhibition.”
The exhibition will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at the County Hall Gallery, House, County Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XQ. Several artworks will be available to buy.
The Release the Pressure campaign raises awareness about suicide prevention and people are encouraged to access expert help and support by calling Freephone 0800 107 0160 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The campaign website www.releasethepressure.uk also includes case studies from men in Kent who have turned their lives around after attempting suicide.