Portsmouth mental health workers serve up new ideas

(l-r) Annalees Lim and Jenny Staff from The Pantry Project, looking at one of the table layers at Aspex''. Picture: Sarah Standing (142798-9933)
(l-r) Annalees Lim and Jenny Staff from The Pantry Project, looking at one of the table layers at Aspex''. Picture: Sarah Standing (142798-9933)

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MENTAL health workers have found an innovative way to tackle low self-esteem in young people – with food.

Aspex art gallery in Gunwharf Quays hosted a workshop, allowing people aged 11 to 25 to explore their body image using art and food.

The workshop was hosted by the Pantry Project, which was devised by mental health first-aider Maria Pattinson and arts specialist Sarah Pickthall.

Ms Pattinson said: ‘My instinct has always been that creativity is a fantastic way to promote good mental health. It’s all about food but like you’ve never experienced it before and it’s about feeling better, too.’

Some of the young people who took part will continue to work with the Pantry Project, creating ‘digital artwork’ with international artists throughout this month.