Art bombing for better mental health and suicide prevention
October 2021 - December 2022
North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN) is commissioning $9,040 to raise awareness of our suicide prevention activities.
Our ‘art bomb’ project will support local artists and community members who have done it tough throughout the coronavirus pandemic by starting conversations about suicide prevention, mental health and wellbeing.
An art bomb is a series of art pieces that are displayed for the public in locations that draw mass attention. For this project, the art bombs will aim to change perceptions of mental health and suicidality.
To deliver on this, NWMPHN is working on this new project with Melton and Brimbank City Councils.
NWMPHN is funding and empowering local artists who have lived experience of mental ill health to demonstrate their experience and recovery through art. The art will help to bridge gaps between the broader community and people with lived experience of suicidality and mental ill health.
People will be encouraged to engage with the art through QR codes and online content that explain the art and what it represents. The QR codes will also make it easy for people to support the artists, as well as access information about support services and NWMPHN’s suicide prevention work. Artwork will be displayed across several highly visible locations in the Melton and Brimbank local government areas.
The intended outcomes of this project are:
- to encourage community participation and create opportunities to change narratives about suicidality and mental illness
- to provide messages of hope and community resilience in times of uncertainty, and reinforce the importance of accessing support
- to support and promote local artists
- to target at-risk communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+ people, and culturally and linguistically diverse people.
- to raise awareness of mental health support services.