Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male, a shocking statistic and with the many diseases that are around today, killing ourselves is more frequent than those things.
Mental health has become more of a cultural issue in recent years, with government, celebrities and the general public starting to realise that it is a serious issue which needs to be tackled.
We still have this stigma, governments, celebs and the general public are aware of mental illness, but some still disregard mental health. There are many charities out there many campaigns, trying to create and raise awareness for this mental illness.
As a practitioner, my creative skills and mindset, I wanted to create something unique and different from what we see already online and in the media in relation to suicide within young males that can help raise awareness and make people notice at how serious this stigma is, which is why I have decided to focus my project on this serious topic.
With myself taking a risk by creating something unique and original which could either raise awareness through a new use of creativity, or be the same sheep in the herd with something that is already out there.
I will endeavour to create something new to bring a different way of cutting through the ‘visual noise’ of current campaigns that combat mental health issues.