Youth Leader, Charlotte, created the cartoon brains represented in our Worth My Wellbeing logo. She curated this blog post to explain how she came up with the concept and the symbolism behind the imagery. For more information on Worth My Wellbeing, which is running now, have a look here.
For me, the logo signifies the different mindsets people can have. They’re supposed to be brains expressing emotions to show that not everyone thinks the same way. I suppose this links into people’s reactions to certain things and how the mindset of some people can really affect how they react to certain situations. The fact they’re drawn the same size and way show that we all have the same brain, but the contrasting colours and emotes show that the mindset is different. The colours are also quite soft colours which is appealing and very approachable, this is because I want the topic of mental health to be approachable and something to be talked about rather than dismissed or ignored. A common misconception is that because one person is fine with something then the other must be too, which is false. Mental problems like anxiety or depression make simple acts like going out or getting dressed or even getting up challenging compared to someone without those problems and more often than not that’s not understood. I really wanted to show that in my logo.
I had personally suffered anxiety and depression, my parents although wanting to be supportive- couldn’t understand why I was struggling with simple things and it made things very frustrating since nobody knew how to help me, not even myself. Nobody really fully understood why someone my age and height could do something and be positive whereas I could not because of my mental health problems. Fortunately I managed to speak out and get support and understanding which then helped me to teach my parents about my struggles as well as help me!
I think that because of that it is so important for projects like WMWB to take place, to educate and show young people that there is help and they don’t have to be afraid to speak out, and most importantly that there is people who have been through the same situation that could advise and help young people in any way that they can. I highly encourage young people to get involved with WMWB and show support to normalise these issues so people can speak out and get help rather than feel ashamed or scared.
Thanks for reading 🙂 -Charlotte Clark-Smith