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Display to tackle discrimination

A woman, in a brown-striped top, at a table (Pic: Leanne Kelly)
The exhibition aims to reduce discrimination against people with mental illnesses

Photographs taken by people with mental health problems and their carers are to be put on show at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay later on Wednesday.

The exhibition is the culmination of mental health charity Hafal's campaign to reduce discrimination against people with mental illnesses.

Hafal clients, carers and members of the public were invited to make images that expressed aspects of their lives.

Health Minister Edwina Hart will launch the Have You Clicked show at 1000 BST.

One of the Hafal service users whose shots will be on display said photography had helped her "enormously" with her mental health issues.

"It helps me to live in the moment rather than looking to the past or looking too far ahead into the future," said 28-year-old Leanne Kelly who attends Hafal's social club in Aberystwyth.

"It helps me to experience the world around me at that moment.


I am quite a shy person and the discrimination I have experienced from when I was a young teenager made me feel much more threatened

Leanne Kelly

"I especially like the immediacy of digital photography where you can take a picture and have it up on the screen to work on very soon after.

"I am also fortunate enough to live in a very beautiful part of Wales and I like taking pictures of it."

Ms Kelly said she also felt very strongly about Hafal's campaign to reduce discrimination against people with mental health problems after her own experiences.

"I am quite a shy person and the discrimination I have experienced from when I was a young teenager made me feel much more threatened," she said.

'Unique perspectives'

Rik Mowbray, co-ordinator of Ceredigion social activities for Hafal, said Ms Kelly had been aided to follow her interests by facilities and support from the social club she attends.

"We have laptops and cameras here for people to use and we have quite a few budding photographers," he said.

"We're even going to be putting on our own local exhibition."

Peter Davey, chair of Hafal, said the images on display in the Senedd covered all of life, from people and places, details and panoramas to colour and light.

"But more importantly, what they show is that - whether we have a mental illness or not - we can all express our unique perspectives on life by observing the world through the camera," he said.

The campaign has also seen thousands of anti-stigma leaflets handed to the Welsh public.

The exhibition will also mark World Mental Health Day which is run by the World Federation for Mental Health.




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