2019: Mental Health on Record

Our film project ‘Mental Health on Record’ ran from Monday 29th July to Friday 2nd August 2019 with a group of enthusiastic young people (aged 16-19 years).

Working with professional filmmaker, Nigel Kellaway, students had the opportunity to explore original documents from our collection on the subject of mental health. These records reflect the personal stories of individuals from history, whose experiences show how mental health was represented and misunderstood in the past.

Students also worked with mental health charity Richmond Borough Mind to learn about contemporary mental health challenges and how people can seek advice and support today.

View the finished video:

The project also led to the creation of an online lesson resource.

Taking part in this project enabled students to:

  • Research the history of mental health using original documents, with support from our Education team and record experts.
  • Learn filmmaking skills with a professional from the industry
  • Collaborate with mental health charity Richmond Borough Mind
  • Work creatively with like-minded young people
  • Take part in a unique project that combines historical stories from our records with modern day perspectives on mental health
View the online lesson resource