The Big Picture is a positive project

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THE Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s (CAMHS) Big Picture Exhibition will be opened on September 22 at Noble’s Hospital.

Chairman of the Ballamona Association for mental health George Waft will open the exhibition and the work will be displayed in the hospital foyer.

The Big Picture Exhibition is the culmination of collaborative work between more than 100 of the island’s secondary schools’ Key Stage 3 pupils (ages 11 to 14), the Department of Social Care, the Department of Education, Ballamona Association for mental health, artist Kate Jerry and the Department of Health.

The project has seen young people across the Isle of Man create art themes, including ‘new beginning’, ‘just like me’ and ‘positive change’.

Following on from the exhibition, the children’s artwork will be displayed on the external and internal walls of the CAMHS building, which will allow children and young people visiting to benefit from the positive images and artwork.

Member for Social Services Bill Malarkey said: ‘This project has also enabled the Mental Health Service to work with all the secondary schools to promote the services that Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provide, as well as raising awareness of childhood mental health problems.

‘The result of this collaborative process is that the young people have produced diverse and expressive pieces of art to depict positive mental health.

‘The Mental Health Service is extremely grateful to the Association and the Trustees for their ongoing support and generous funding without which this project would not have been achievable.’

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