SHINING A LIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH
ABOUT IT'S IN YOUR HEAD
There is so much stigma attached to mental health, particularly within the black community. Many of those affected by mental health issues firstly do not recognise that there could possibly be an issue, secondly they often do not seek help and they seldom talk about it.
People of African and Caribbean descent are disproportionately represented in the mental health system.
Statistics suggest a black man in the UK is 17 times more likely than a white man to be diagnosed with a serious mental health condition such as schizophrenia or bipolar.
It’s in your head was started by Wayne Campbell, who wanted to raise awareness of mental health in the black community. “A few years ago a very close friend of mine committed suicide. After his death I learnt that he had been suffering from depression, I also learnt that he chose not to share the details of his depression with anyone. He chose to suffer in silence”.
The aim of It’s in your head is to empower anyone who is suffering from a mental health related condition to just have a conversation and seek help, but ultimately to not dismiss what they are feeling, no matter how trivial they think it is.
When it comes to physical heath, we accept that there are different ailments with different remedies to fix these physical conditions, It’s in your head wants to bring the same level of awareness around physical heath to mental health, and remove any feelings of shame and uselessness, by encouraging sufferers to seek help from their GP, friends or even charitable bodies just have a conversation. We believe that talking is the first step in the journey to creating a space to heal.
The It’s In your head event is made up from an inspirational collection of some of the most creative spoken word artists, talented monologue performances and inspirational acoustic sets all performing pieces based on and around the theme of mental health.
The reason we use art as a platform to share our message is because we believe that through creativity we can create stronger bonds to connect with each other, and share our experiences of mental health. As well as the creative elements in our showcase, we will also have real people sharing their real life personal stories about there mental health journeys. We will also have health care professionals on hand to offer practical advice and support on the night.
The event is now in it’s second instalment after a very successful showcase in 2017. A team of dedicated volunteers put the event together and all proceeds will be going to local mental health charity