In many ways, mental health is just like our physical health: everybody has it and we need to take care of it. Statistics show that around one in four people will experience mental health problems in any given year and last year suicide rates in England hit a record high. Based at 'The Open Art Surgery' in Gilesgate, Durham, RT Projects offer a happy, safe and creative space for individuals who are experiencing poor mental health, particularly those who are suffering from depression or anxiety related disorders.
RT Projects is a charity that is very close to my own heart. I first came across RT Projects about 6 years ago, when I was looking for volunteering opportunities. I volunteered with the charity for a number of years, and have also found great support from the charity when going through some of my own mental health challenges. I am now a trustee of RT Projects, and am constantly encouraged by the incredible work that they are doing and the difference that it is making to individuals. Despite the lockdown restrictions RT Projects is busier than ever, developing new ways to support people and moving many resources online.
Every year RT Projects organises ‘RUN TO THE SUN’ – a 24 hour sponsored relay race. Due to the lockdown restrictions, we are keeping the event running by taking on various challenges in our own homes. I have challenged myself to create 24 pieces of artwork over a 24 hour period (with some help from Ethan along the way!). The event will take place on the 13th June. I am asking people to sponsor me, either an amount for completing the challenge or an amount per artwork. Once I have completed the challenge I will share out my 24 pieces of artwork amongst my highest sponsors (although be warned – I haven’t done any artwork in years so I can’t guarantee the quality!)
I can assure you that any donation given will be greatly appreciated and put to good use by RT Projects.