CIRCA is a digital art platform, showcasing art on London’s iconic Piccadilly Circus screen, Piccadilly Lights, for 2.5 minutes every evening to present new ideas that consider our world.
Take A Moment
Art of London Presents Take A Moment, launched in London's West End bigger and better than ever! Presented via our collaboration with Take A Moment, this impactful initiative aimed to raise awareness mental health.
This incredible art initiative brought to the West End by Art of London in collaboration with Take A Moment and renowned photographer Ray Burmiston, focused on raising awareness about mental health. Curated by Take A Moment’s director, Lara Journo-Leggatt, Art of London Presents Take A Moment launched on the Piccadilly Lights, with a heartfelt tribute to Caroline Flack by Olly Murs. Shown on the Piccadilly Lights was a touching photograph of Olly Murs closing his eyes to honour the memory of Caroline Flack, at her namesake festival ‘Flackstock’.
Week after week, visitors to the West End spotted new famous faces on the Piccadilly Lights. In September the National Portrait Gallery hosted a photography display which concluded on World Mental Health Day (10th October). The display showcased thousands of pictures of stars and public figures who support mental health awareness.
Inspiring London's West End to prioritise their mental health, this year the public had the opportunity to join in with their favourite stars and feature on the Piccadilly Lights and in the National Portrait Gallery on World Mental Health Day (10th October).
The exhibition featured new portraits of A-listers including Brian Cox, Fatboy Slim, Louis Theroux, Brian May and Roger Taylor from Queen, Hannah Waddingham, Ellie Simmonds, Warwick Davis, Ashley Banjo, Noel Fielding, Olly Murs, Ruth Wilson, Aisling Bea, Eddie Izzard, Yungblud, Damien Lewis, Emily Atak, Milly Alcock, Peter and Junior Andre, and Oti Mabuse.
Returning favourites from last year included Stephen Fry, Mel B, Kylie Minogue, Idris Elba, Ricky Gervais, Anthony Joshua, Helena Bonham Carter, Grayson Perry, and James Corden. Alongside the 300 portraits of national treasures and West End stars, the exhibition includes new pictures of Joe Wicks and Alesha Dixon, as well as portraits of key workers and a cancer patient who sadly lost her battle with the disease a few days after her picture was taken.
The campaign has ended, but you can learn more and explore the online exhibition on the Take A Moment website.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with their mental health, there are some exceptional resources around to help. We've put together a list of charities and organisations that specialise in mental health that you can reach out to for support.
UK Mental Health Charity Resources Available
Larger Mental Health Charities
About: Anyone can contact Samaritans FREE any time from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. This number won’t show up on your phone bill. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.samaritans.org. Samaritans is a charity and it’s the public’s kind donations and more than 20,000 volunteers that mean we are always there for anyone struggling to cope.
Infoline and helpline: 116 123
CAMPAING AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY (CALM)
Helpline: 0800 842 842
Central Office Email: email@example.com
THE BOOK OF MAN
Helpline for kids: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/young-person/find-help/i-need-urgent-help/
Helpline for parents: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/parent/parents-helpline-and-webchat/
Central Office: https://www.youngminds.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/ [Online email]
Helpline: 01273 234839
Online Support: https://mindout.org.uk/get-support/mindout-online/
Central Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Online Support: https://londonfriend.org.uk/lockdown-support/
Central Office Email: email@example.com
Helpline: 0800 0502020
Central Office Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Female and Domestic Abuse
Helpline: 020 7034 0303
Online Support: https://womanstrust.org.uk/what-we-do/
Central Office Email: email@example.com
About: Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.
Email helpline: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online live chat: https://chat.womensaid.org.uk
In an emergency, always call 999.
Helpline: 0808 2000 247
Online Support: https://www.refuge.org.uk/our-work/our-services/
Central Office Email: email@example.com
Men’s Mental Health
THE LADBIBLE GROUP – UOKM8?
PEOPLE LIKE US (part of MIND)