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The conversation on mental health is one that calls for increasing prevalence. Today, the stigma surrounding the issue of mental illness remains, preventing those, who are struggling to cope, from seeking much needed help and support. By opening up the discussion, we can tackle these social challenges and ensure that no one suffers alone.

WESTPHOTO is proud to present Stepping Stones, a group exhibition, working in partnership with the charity, Mind in Harrow at London Gallery West in our Harrow Campus.

Founded in the 1960s, Mind in Harrow offers support to people experiencing emotional distress by providing a range of community services. This includes the ‘Stepping Stones Project’, a programme of leisure-based courses created for Mind service users. The exhibition showcases work made in the Stepping Stones photography, sketching & painting groups. Such activities have helped to give the users a greater control over their own lives, renewed confidence, independence and social inclusion.

In collaboration with this work, students from the University of Westminster’s Media, Art and Design courses were invited to submit individual projects, based on the topic of mental health. The work exhibited features a range of disciplines including illustration, fine art, photography and film.

Through this show, we hope to promote the vital work done by Mind, highlight art’s usage as a therapeutic outlet, and to help widen the dialogue attached to mental wellbeing.

PRIVATE VIEW: Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 5pm.