CED Stone Group is spreading the message that it's good to talk about mental health by helping with an installation at London Design Festival, which started on Saturday (14 September) and goes on until 22 September.
During the nine days of the Festival London will welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors.
One of the installations at the Festival is ‘Talk To Me’ by British Designer Steuart Padwick. ‘Talk To Me’ follows last year’s ‘Head Above Water’, which Steuart created in support of Mind’s 'Time to Change' campaign, aiming to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.
Once again Steuart is supporting Time To Change and with this 'Talk to Me' installation encouraging discussion about mental health.
Mental health issues / burdens can hold people down. For some, they are crippling and can even lead to suicide - and the incidence of suicide, especially among younger people, is growing.
The burdens can start at a young age and appear insurmountable. Often, talking about them is key to unlocking the issues involved.
‘Talk To Me’ is a 4.5m high two-piece interactive installation that 'comes alive' when approached. Steuart Padwick says: "We want to encourage hope by showing through communication that a person’s burden / weight can be lessened and lifted."
Julie Devenish, CED Stone Group Mental Health First Aider, added: "I am delighted that CED Stone Group is supporting this installation and its very important message. Mental Health can be a hard subject to broach, especially taking the step to talk about your problems, it is then vital we then take the time to listen. This potentially can be life saving."