Our global #SpeakYourMind campaign is building momentum, and today we’re excited to announce the opening of a powerful pop-up exhibition on World Mental Health Day .
The Museum of Lost and Found Potential, created by Speak Your Mind in partnership with HSBC, will open its doors to the public in London’s Covent Garden from 10th to 15th October. The museum reveals the stark and powerful picture of human potential that is lost globally to people, families, communities, businesses and society due to neglected mental health and suicide.
It also shows the potential of everything that can be found, when people receive the treatment and support they need.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that every 40 seconds, someone in the world dies by suicide. Suicide rates in the United Kingdom jumped nearly 12% in 2018, the first rise in seven years. This World Mental Health Day, the WHO wants to show that suicide is preventable.
The museum shares 16 interactive portraits of people from around the world. Through video, sound and real or imagined artefacts, visitors are 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 left behind are also featured inside.
Together these poignant personal stories demand that more be done to support mental health across all aspects of our lives - in every corner of the world. There is a focus throughout on the importance of world leaders investing more in the research and evidence that can identify solutions to improve mental health for all.
“When I talk to people about my lived experience, they realise that it’s possible for them to get treatment and be well.”
- Cecilia, featured in the Museum of Lost & Found Potential
We’re honoured that so many incredible people across the world have shared their story with us for the Museum of Lost and Found Potential.
Each of them have shared life-changing experiences, from a survivor of multiple suicide attempts who is now writing books and making films to support others, to a Ghanaian women who lost her job due to bipolar and psychosis and is now receiving treatment and back working and helping others to break the silence and speak their minds on mental health to get the support they need.
As you walk around the museum, you can learn more about these individuals through everyday artefacts that tell their powerful stories, from the riding boot of an Australian teenager who died by suicide, to an installation depicting the story of a then nine-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 idolisation 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.
After the world premiere in London’s Covent Garden, the museum will journey across the world as a travelling exhibition.