On Friday 7th October I had the pleasure of opening London’s first gallery dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the art and music of those recovering from mental ill health – the Outsider Gallery, which is located on the ground floor of Clarendon Recovery College in Haringey.
All the work showcased in the gallery is produced by NHS patients and therapists during their therapy sessions. I was impressed and moved by the work, and each piece has enabled patients to communicate and explore their own stories and experiences.
With 1 in 4 people experiencing a mental health problem in any given year and 70% of children and adolescents who experience mental health problems not having had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age, it is important that those with mental health problems are able to access the help they need.
Creative arts enables some people with mental health problems to come to terms with their experiences and feelings, and I am hugely grateful to the gallery for the invaluable work that they are doing to support so many people.
Thank you to everyone who has made this ‘first’, in Tottenham possible. I look forward to seeing the progress made at the gallery and what other works are produced by the patients.