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4th Jul, 2022

Mental health in lockdown focus for Stratford photography students

LOCKDOWN mental health was the focus of Stratford College students’ recent photography project.

The challenge was in partnership with Lifespace Trust, a Warwickshire based charity that offers mentoring to children and young people. The charity will using the results in its publications and social media to share positive messages and offer support to young people.

Students got involved with workshop activities from home including meditation, family games nights, exercise schedules, cooking, film clubs and more. They documented their experience and produced presentations highlighting the thoughts and feelings the activities had provoked in them.

Photography lecturer, Sophie Jolly, who put together the schedule explained: “The activities were inspired by students and I discovered so many new things about them – we have some amazing bakers and some very skilled painters! The students engaged positively with all the sessions and thoroughly enjoyed them.”

Lifespace CEO Rachel Key added: “This project highlighted the creativity of the students, their compassion for other people and their resilience, with all of them finding positives as well as negatives in a very challenging time. The powerful portfolio of work reflects our experience that the impact of lockdown has been different for each young person, based on who they are, where they live and what they enjoy doing. I am so grateful that we can use these images to support our messages on mental health and wellbeing.”

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