Mental health exhibition urges young people to say 'This is Me'

7 December 2022

A unique exhibition which seeks to celebrate all things youth and young people is taking place in Hampshire.

Throughout 2022, Hampshire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), has been running the 'This is Me' campaign, a variety of projects exploring and celebrating difference, identity, diversity, connections, opportunities, and understanding one another better. The campaign has encouraged young people to express themselves using artwork and creative ideas on a variety of subjects.

Now the creative work that schools and organisations have taken part in as part of the project are going on display at the Winchester School of Art in December and January.

Helen Dove, Innovation and Participation Lead for CAMHS in Hampshire, said:

"The last two years has been really difficult for young people as they faced enormous disruption, which is why this year it has been so important to talk about, highlight, and encourage people to think about positive mental health.  This is in line with the ‘Positive Psychology Movement’ which encourages happiness to generate a sense of wellbeing.”

Amongst the creativity on display at the exhibition events will be a personal Coat of Arms designed by young people that reflect them and what makes them unique. There will also be recorded conversations with people between the ages of 16 and 87 discussing what they remember about being 16, and young people under 16 thinking about what 16 will be like for them. Creative writing books where young people have drawn or written pieces that expresses who they are will also be on display.

The exhibition is open from 9 - 22 December 2022 and 28 December 2022 - 5 January 2023. Opening times are 10am-5pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 3pm on Saturday.