To celebrate the launch of this website we asked the people of our city to share their vision – one photo and 50 words summing up what they want to say about mental health today. The submissions, below, are all brilliantly different. We felt privileged to share them, and we were also pleased we didn’t have to decide on the winners (the choice would be too hard!). Instead we asked the public to vote, and we’re pleased to announce the winner is Liz Davies, for her photo and quote ‘Hope in the Darkness’. Thanks to everyone who took part for your beautiful entries.
I’VE ALWAYS HATED FALL. EACH YEAR I SAW SEPTEMBER COMING WITH SHORTER DAYS AND COLDER EVENINGS, A DOOMSDAY SIGN OF THE WINTER TO COME. NATURE’S DEATH. THIS YEAR I TOOK PLEASURE IN THE VIBRANCY OF AUTUMN COLOURS AND THE FOGGY EVENINGS. QUIET UNCERTAINTY. NATURE RESTING BEFORE SPRING. A METAPHOR FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH.
Anne Sophie Cornelius
WHEN LIFE GETS DIFFICULT, OR I FEEL RESTLESS, I WALK. WALKING HAS TAUGHT ME TO USE MY SENSES AND NOTICE THE WORLD AROUND ME. THIS PHOTOGRAPH, OF SCENTED ROSES IN FULL BLOOM ON A SUNNY, LATE SUMMER DAY, WAS TAKEN ON ONE SUCH WALK. A MOMENT OF PURE PLEASURE PRESERVED.
ONE OF THE FIRST MAJOR STEPS I TOOK TOWARDS LEARNING HOW TO BETTER MANAGE MY MENTAL HEALTH, WAS TO JOIN THE OASIS GARDENING PROJECT, RUN BY SHEFFIELD FLOURISH. BEING CLOSE TO THE EARTH, IN GOOD, UNDERSTANDING COMPANY, HELPED ME REDISCOVER PARTS OF MYSELF THAT I LOVE AND CHERISH. AS THE PLANTS GREW, SO DID I.
COMING HOME FROM A FRIEND’S FUNERAL THE BEAUTY AND SPLENDOUR OF THE SKY LIFTED MY SPIRITS, SOOTHED MY SOUL, GAVE PEACE TO MY MIND AND OPENED MY HEART TO THE POSSIBILITY OF LOVE, PEACE AND JOY BEING PRESENT IN THIS WORLD.
Juliet Elaine Mcdonald
A BIT OF A LAST MINUTE ENTRY AS I’VE BEEN FEELING SO LOW RECENTLY. I TOOK THIS PICTURE ONE NIGHT RECENTLY WHEN THERE WAS A SUPERMOON. I WAS DRAWN TO THE WORDS ON THE CHURCH – ‘HOPE’ SO I CALL MY PHOTO HOPE IN THE DARKNESS.
THIS IS A PHOTO OF THE WATER FOUNTAINS AT THE PEACE GARDENS IN SHEFFIELD. THE REASON WHY I HAVE CHOSEN THIS PHOTO IS BECAUSE WHEN I AM THERE IT HELPS ME TO RELAX AND USE MY CALMING TECHNIQUES FOR MY MENTAL HEALTH AS I FIND FREE FLOWING WATER RELAXING IMAGE.
THERE ARE DIFFERENT SIDES TO EVERY PERSON, MULTI HUED PERSONALITIES ARE ABUNDANT AND SHOULD BE NURTURED AND EMBRACED
AFTER YEARS OF HIDING MY MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FROM FAMILY AND FRIENDS, EVEN IN DENIAL TO MYSELF, 2017 MADE ME REALISE HOW MUCH SUPPORT THERE IS ACTUALLY OUT THERE. AT 31, AND NOW WITH A DIAGNOSIS, I AM ON THE ROAD TO MANAGING MY CONDITION AND HAVE MORE SUPPORT THAN I EVER REALISED. I LIVE MY LIFE THROUGH MY MUMS WORDS TO ME WHEN SHE FOUND OUT I WAS STRUGGLING – “NO MAN IS AN ISLAND”.