Charlie Clift, a professional photographer and Kate Forrester, a lettering artist have gathered a bunch of celebrities, whom suffer from mental health issues, to create an artistic and thought-provoking outlook on mental health. Forrester paints people’s most distressing and challenging thoughts on their faces and Clift captures the moment. Jordan Stephens, who was involved in the campaign explains it as “wearing my heart on my face”
People may view this as harsh and difficult to understand, as the painful words written upon their faces is striking but in actual fact it has created something so positive and somewhat joyful. These “legends” have been so open, and committed an act which needs to happen more and is currently the main problem surrounding mental health. Speaking out. #itsoktosay
Celebrities which have gotten involved in this campaign are: Jordan Stephens (rapper in Rizzle Kicks), Sue Perkins (comedian and was a presenter on The Great British Bake Off) and Alastair Campbell (British journalist and author) as well as many more. Sue Perkins stated “if you suffer with anxiety or a panic disorder it doesn’t mean you can’t also be strong, fun or capable”. Perkins said she found the experience “liberating” and said “I know I am not weak, we are all a work in progress”. Personally, this is a fantastic and realistic statement to make from someone whose career is to make people laugh and happy but yet deep down they have really dark days off the stage and television.
Just a little food for thought - what do you think would happen if we were all to write our feelings on our faces? How many people do you think would have words written the same as yours? Perkins said “It would be like: I can’t believe you get anxious, too. I had no idea.” and I totally agree.