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Young people invite you into their Wellbeing World
Wednesday 16th August, 2017

A new arts exhibition all about mental health and created by local young people will open soon in Leigh and Wigan.

The young people, who all attend Wigan Councilís youth group, Total Rethink, a group for young people with an interest in mental health, have been working with artists from arts companies Odd Arts and Re:Dock to create the exhibition, which will invite everyone to think and learn more about looking after our own wellbeing.

Nadia Whittle, 14, from Ince, says,
ĎA lot of people forget about mental health or donít think itís real, but it is. This arts project has been a chance for me to think about it and think of ways we can look after our mental health. I hope the final exhibition will offer a place for people to go to learn more, to express yourself and to find a place to be calm.í

Councillor Jenny Bullen, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young Peopleís Services, says,
ĎIím really proud that these young people have given up their free time over the past fourteen weeks to work on this exhibition and that they want to educate people about mental health. Itís such an important subject and we really want young people to take care of their mental health and talk to someone if they have worries. Hopefully this exhibition will encourage everyone to understand and discuss their wellbeing.í

The free exhibition will feature different areas from Confusion Land through to Acceptance Zone and will challenge some of the misconceptions about mental health as well as offering the chance to try out mindfulness and discover new ways to relax and interact with others.

Artist Jo Lane, from Odd Arts, says,
ĎThe final exhibition will be a mixture of work the young people have created and pieces they have commissioned. Weíve worked towards it in small steps including sessions on creative debate, learning about the work of different artists from history and different artistic techniques. Art can break down barriers, connect people and help give people a voice. It can help people both express and embrace vulnerabilities. We hope that the final exhibition will help everyone who visits to understand mental health and wellbeing a little more.í

The exhibition, called Wellbeing World, will be at The Turnpike Gallery in Leigh on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th August from 10am-4pm and in Wigan at the Life Centre North on Saturday 9th September, 10am-4pm.

The exhibition has been supported by Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Arts Council England.

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