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One and Other-Mental Health | by Feggy Art
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One and Other-Mental Health

Mental health on the Fourth Plinth (One and Other) performance art in Trafalgar Square, London.

 

I am standing on the plinth to represent people whose voices so often go unheard, either because they don't have the necessary support, or they are socially isolated, or they are quite simply desperately marginalized: people with mental health issues.

 

According to the World Health Organisation, depression will be the second most costly health problem worldwide, coming second only to heart disease and ahead of cancer.

 

Despite this, however, and despite the fact that around one in four adults will experience them at some point in their lives, mental health problems are still surrounded by ignorance, fear and prejudice.

 

Research has shown that prejudice against people with mental health issues is actually increasing, despite social attitudes regarding sexuality, ethnicity and other similar issues improving.

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Taken on September 8, 2009