‘Head Above Water’ sculpture to break mental health stigma
September 24, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid, Eloise Cadman and Alex Youngs
The ‘Head Above Water’ sculpture is now visible on London’s South Bank, it is a ‘symbol of hope’ for those ‘confronting mental health issues.’
According to Sky News, the sculpture was created the draw attention to the stigma surrounding mental health. ‘Head Above Water’ stands nine meters high and is an interactive wooden sculpture.
‘The “Head” is deliberately gender, ethnicity and age neutral.’
Steuart Padwick, the creator of ‘Head Above Water,’ said it ‘stands as a symbol of hope, bravery, compassion, positivity and change, for those who have come through or are still confronting mental health issues, and the people who support them.’
He added, ‘It needed to be big, powerful and prominent, a beacon of humanity caring for others.’
New mums in Redditch and Bromsgrove will benefit from increased access to specialist mental health support, as a result of a share of a £350,000 cash boost.
The Worcestershire Perinatal Mental Health team, run by Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, will receive this thanks to the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, the Bromsgrove Advertiser reports.
It is hoped that new mothers will benefit due to increased access to therapies and other resources, including community nursery nurses to help maternal bonding.
Bromsgrove Advertiser reports ‘up to 20 %of women are affected by perinatal mental health problems during pregnancy or in the first year following the birth of a child.’ If left untreated it can have serious long term impacts on the individual and family.
Redditch MP, Rachel Maclean commented on the extra funding, she said: ‘Better recognition and support is hugely welcome and this funding boost will make a massive difference to women’s lives here in Redditch and across Worcestershire.’
A mental health campaigner received an award for her involvement in helping people with mental health issues.
According to Portsmouth News, Poppy Jaman, OBE won the award for her work in changing public perception around mental health.
The 42 year old from Portsmouth, received the 2018 Asian Achievers Award, which celebrates people from within the Black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) community.
She developed an understanding of the challenges facing people with such issues, particularly among diverse groups after her own experience of post-natal depression.
Jaman, the CEO and co-founder of Mental Health First Aid England, also sits on the board of Public Health England (PHE), where she advises on public mental health and community development.
In 2018 Jaman was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list, in recognition for her services to mental health issues.
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