Picture this: it’s mental health

ELFT's Gail Robinson who was runner-up in a photographic contest
ELFT's Gail Robinson who was runner-up in a photographic contest

An innovative photography competition to encourage discussion about mental health has had a heartening response.

Photographers were asked to capture an image which conveyed a moment, emotion or mood, starting with the line ‘That feeling when . . .’

The #PersonalPixels contest was the first initiative of ELFT’s (the East London NHS Foundation Trust) Arts and Wellbeing Group.

More than 100 entries were received and their eye-catching appeal was applauded by the judging panel, which included incoming chief executive Navina Evans and chairperson Marie Gabriel.

While the winners were from the London area, two runners-up were from Luton.

One was the Trust’s clinical group manager Gail Robinson who took a joyous picture of her husband Peter and granddaughter Sophie, with the tagline ‘That feeling when your granddaughter makes you laugh and you feel your family generations are close.’

The other was Michael Ogu, who has worked for the Trust in Luton and Bedfordshire. His creative image was entitled ‘That feeling when you have simplicity, peace and warmth.’

A third runner-up was Bedford schoolgirl Georgia Cornwall from Goldington Academy with her poignant self portrait on a swing. The catchline was ‘That feeling when you are lonely or despair.’

The Art and Wellbeing group aims to support staff and service users to explore and implement new ideas to improve and enhance the settings where health care is provided.

This could be revamping the clinical environment or making it easier for them to take part in programmes promoting health and wellbeing.