Welcome to Mental Health Awareness Week, a time dedicated to shining a spotlight on and raising awareness about the significance of mental wellbeing. This year’s theme is anxiety, and we’ll be sharing some stories and experiences from young people in Islington who are benefitting from transformative local programmes. Here, we caught up with Ray,* who took part in The Stuart Low Trust (SLT) Art workshops.
“Everything changes in life and it’s not always easy to acknowledge – illness, grief, loss of control creeps into your once contented life.” ~ Ray, Stuart Low Trust, Art workshops participant
Ray describes his experience of attending The Stuart Low Trust Art workshops:
“I attended the art sessions held at the Estorick Gallery which is held fortnightly. We have attended every art session since joining.
Everything changes in life and it’s not always easy to acknowledge – illness, grief, loss of control creeps into your once contented life. The changes and loneliness it brings are hard to forget.
Taking part in the art classes has helped me feel more involved. Socialising is so important as it encourages communication and laughter. I enjoy the journey to the venue, the cup of tea in the cafe, meeting our Estorick workshop facilitator and hopefully his volunteers, seeing cheerful faces making conversation and eventually into the gallery to do some art.”