Let’s Talk is a photography exhibition created in partnership with Mental Health UK. It is designed to inspire open and honest conversations about mental health by depicting each subjects’ inner battle on their faces.
Featuring photographs of people from all walks of life, alongside well-known faces such as Alastair Campbell, Sue Perkins, Anna Richardson, Bryony Gordon, and Jordan Stephen, everyone included has experienced mental health difficulties. Photographer Charlie Clift and lettering artist Kate Forrester hope to inspire others to open up about their own mental health through these powerful images.
The free outdoor exhibition, supported by British Land, launches at Regent’s Place and will be on display from 8th - 20th October, before moving to Broadgate, next to Liverpool Street Station, from 22nd – 27th October and finally Paddington Central from 29th October – 10th November.
Charlie Clift, co-creator of the campaign, has his own history with depression which resulted in him dropping out of university for a year. He interviewed each volunteer to find out how they would describe their mental health difficulties in their own words. He and Kate then picked out words and phrases from the interview and Kate hand-lettered these words onto the individuals’ face. Having put their toughest thoughts out in the open, Charlie then photographed them whilst they talked about their life, their passions and their difficulties.
Poor mental health affects more people every year than cancer or heart disease – every year, one in four of us in the UK is affected by a mental health problem; everyone featured in the project has had mental health difficulties.
Juliette Morgan, Head of Campus at Regent’s Place, said: “Raising awareness of mental health is such an important issue and one we care a great deal about here at Regent’s Place. We are committed to providing a supportive environment which encourages conversations on the topic and we are very proud to be able to offer a platform for the Let’s Talk exhibition”.
Regent’s Place, Broadgate and Paddington Central, are dedicated to supporting programmes which promote awareness of mental health issues and are delighted to welcome the Let’s Talk exhibition.
For more information please visit www.letstalkcampaign.com