I have been thinking about this project for a long time. Our mental health has become part of everyday life and as awareness for it grows, thankfully, we are becoming more accepting of it. I do, however, feel like young men are being let down. Let down by outdated stereotypes, gender roles, pressure to provide and an inability to talk openly about their feelings. This is resulting in young men coping on their own. Frustration and anger leading to anxiety and depression. I am 26 years old and every person I know who has taken their own life has been male and under the age of 30. THIS IS NOT OK.
It is not because men suffer any more or less than women it is purely because they don't feel like they have the same support to discuss their mental health openly.
In this project I wanted to create a safe space for men to talk freely and honestly about their anxieties, fears, passions and their own ways of coping with the world. I want to break this gender gap and encourage dialog, create awareness but most of all be human. I am exploring this through image, video and recorded conversations.
I am looking to raise £500 to put on an exhibition showcasing this work. A body of work that will hopefully raise awareness and get men talking. A space to share advice and talk about their own ways of coping which could lead to helping others.
The £500 will be for materials and anything left over will be donated to MIND.