Crazy Talk: A visual exploration into the language of mental health
This project explores how words such as 'crazy', 'nuts' and 'bananas' are casually used to describe mental health issues and are spoken in everyday life without much thought. A portrait sits next to a food object depicting the words, connotations and stigmas the subjects have experienced - words we flippantly use to describe others or emotions. These subjects suffer with mental health issues and have shared their stories. One in four people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives. According to the World Health Organization 350 million people worldwide suffer from depression and rates of self-harm in the UK are the highest in Europe. Nine out of 10 people with mental health problems say stigmas have a negative effect on their lives. Would it be crazy to think we could change these attitudes?