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In tandem with Mental Health Awareness Month in May and Pride in June we’ve launched an exciting new initiative… Make Your Mark! A global design competition for Queer creatives highlighting important issues around LGBTQ+ wellbeing and mental health.
We're looking for queer creative talent to help us design a range of branded merchandise to support and promote important conversations around LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing.
A panel of judges will choose the winning designs, which will be available to purchase on products from June 2021. Each winning design will receive £100 cash prize. 100% of profits made from sales go towards providing free wellbeing services and support within the community.
"LGBTQ+ youth are at a much higher risk of suffering from mental health and wellbeing challenges and I know all too well how difficult growing up gay can sometimes feel. Being proud is something that comes with time, understanding and experience. It's something we need to be talking about 365 days a year and not just during Pride months. Having a network of support and a platform to talk to others would have been something I would have really appreciated and I’m really thrilled to be able to be a part of this project."
Why are these conversations important?
LGBTQ+ WELLBEING NEEDS ARE UNIQUE.
Research shows that the well-being needs of each minority group are unique and require specific attention. People in the LGBTQ+ community are three times more likely to experience anxiety and depression compared to the general population, with over 50% admitting they have suffered from mental health issues in the past. (Source: Stonewall) . This rate is only going up due to the isolation many are facing during the pandemic with 79% reporting that their mental health is taking a hit. (Source: OutLife).
46% experience depression.
53% experience anxiety.
32% have felt life was not worth living.
(Source: LGBTQ SURVEY, Stonewall, 2018)
What's the solution?
ABOUT OUR LGBTQ+ PROGRAMMES.
Identity and authenticity are at the core of our wellbeing programmes because understanding both is key to unlocking potential. Studies show that when people feel confident about their identity, their mental health and wellbeing improves because they feel more able to take control of their life.
Our leading industry professionals guide participants through a process of self-exploration, using applied neuroscience teachings, psychological and holistic self-enquiry, interactive workshops, developmental coaching, and peer-to-peer learning.
Participants establish action-orientated goals and objectives; empowered with practical next steps, a self-care tool kit and support network to build connection and resilience.
ABOUT ART CLUBBERS.
Art Clubbers CIC delivers extensive projects and programmes across public, private and third sectors to support underrepresented and marginalised young Londoners access into the creative sector, as well as consulting businesses to embed diversity and inclusion is at the core of its activities.
CAN YOU HELP FUND MORE FREE PROGRAMMES?
Choose from one of our pre-defined slogans and come up with a design that can be used across a variety of products - from T-Shirts to Face-Masks! Your design should feel aligned with the Create Space aesthetic - embracing queer culture, celebrating diversity, but not playing into stereotypes or clichés.
Please read all the submissions guidelines before submitting your work.