Street Art For Men's Mental Health
Posted on September 25, 2018
Convinced that street art has the power to contribute to the improvement and awareness of mental health issues, worldwide renowned artist D*Face, has launched an initiative that, with the involvement of other prominent artists, aims to raise money for the Movember Foundation. Today's dominant charity for men’s health.
With a theme that embraces open conversations on men’s mental health and suicide prevention, each artist is to create a piece which will then be on display for the public at the Sotheby’s London galleries, as part of the Contemporary Curated exhibition during November 16-19. After the exhibition the pieces of art will be moved for the auction ‘Against the Wall’: an organized charity sale (by D*Face, and Movember’s innovation lead Ben Bowers) aimed to support the Movember foundation, and its projects in relation to mental health. Together with D*Face, taking part in this charity auction there are leading artists Shepard Fairey, Invader, Okuda, Jonathan Yeo, Alexis Diaz, Vhils Pantone, Conor Harrington, and Ben Eine. Each artists is personally engaged with the project, and believes that street art can help raise awareness on the importance of open conversations between men and mental health.
“In much the same way, I strongly believe Street Art has the ability to breach the social stigma of men’s mental health – to collapse this invisible boundary that’s causing men to keep their struggles to themselves.”
Movember is the only charity to cover the issue of men’s mental health worldwide. This relatively young movement, born in 2003, already founded more than 1200 projects on men’s mental health and is now supported by over 5 million people from all over the globe: Mo Bros and Mo Sistas! Movember challenges the status quo by not being government funded, this way they are able to invest faster, where they know what works and what not. It’s a charity that is revolutionizing the way research is done on men’s mental health. By focusing especially on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention, they aim to tackle these issues in ways that work particularly for men. While simultaneously advising a healthy lifestyle in general.
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