The museum shares 16 interactive portraits of people from across the world. Together these poignant, personal stories demand that more be done to support mental health across all aspects of our lives.
Through video, sound, and real and imagined artefacts, visitors will be transported to lost and found chapters in the lives of the people whose stories are told in the museum. People lost to suicide and their loved ones are also featured. There is a focus throughout, on the importance of the world investing more in the research and evidence that can identify solutions that improve mental health.
The stories in the Museum of Lost and Found Potential range from a survivor of multiple suicide attempts now writing books and making films to support others, to a Ghanaian women who lost her job due to bipolar and psychosis, now receiving treatment and back working. The many everyday artefacts featured in the museum vary from the riding boot of an Australian teenager who died by suicide, to an installation depicting the story of a then 9-year-old Nepalese woman, just returned from human trafficking, finding stability through cooking.
The mother of a young woman in the US who died by suicide aged 20, after years of suicidal ideation tendencies due to severe mental health issues, is supporting the Museum in memory of her daughter through the Korum for Kids Foundation established by her parents more than four decades ago. Speak Your Mind is dedicating the exhibition in her honour.
Visitors to the museum will be asked to ‘Speak Your Mind’ and add a message to the #SpeakYourMind #40seconds voice petition, being signed by people joining their voices together across the world to urge leaders to provide quality support in mental health so that everyone, everywhere can reach their full potential.
Creative Concept – Havas and Speak Your Mind Campaigners around the world
Museum Curator – Andy Franzkowiak
Museum Designer – Nissen Richards Studio
Lead Artist – Nestor Pestana
Artists - Unit Lab, Rūta Irbīte
Sound Design - Christian Duka
Lighting Design - Ben Donoghue