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The Big Scream event alerts Bury St Edmunds to mental health issues for young people




A special event in Bury town centre has brought the message home about mental health in a unique and powerful way.

Fine Not Fine used a series of art workshops to recreate The Scream by Edvard Munch on Saturday.

The Big Scream event follows the launch of the Fine Not Fine campaign spearheaded by Sasha Campbell, 18, who has been treated for mental health issues.

BURY: The Big Scream in Bury St Edmunds.Bury St Edmunds Market and outside Moyse's Hall Museum.The Big Scream in Bury is a community art event in support of mental health awareness in which local artists will be reinterpreting Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream. Picture by Mark Westley. (14099576)
BURY: The Big Scream in Bury St Edmunds.Bury St Edmunds Market and outside Moyse's Hall Museum.The Big Scream in Bury is a community art event in support of mental health awareness in which local artists will be reinterpreting Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream. Picture by Mark Westley. (14099576)

Fine Not Fine calls for more early intervention to help young people struggling with mental health issues.

Sasha's mum Jordanna said: " There is an overwhelming need for mental health support in our community. There is not enough money, resources and not enough people working in the system."

Josephine Jessop with her completed Scream
Josephine Jessop with her completed Scream

Some 16 artists worked with the public inviting them to create their own version of the iconic artwork. They also ran workshops and mental health professionals were on hand to speak to people.

The Scream, was created in clay, mini screams were written out and drawn and photographs depicted people's views of the matter

Ethan Batholomew with his version of The Scream (14137041)
Ethan Batholomew with his version of The Scream (14137041)

Sasha was among the artists alongside her friend Millie Cooke-Wharton. The artwork will be auctioned and Jordanna plans a further event at The Hunter Club on October 10 -World Mental Health Day featuring young bands and performance poets.

The Kirins with their art interpretation (14137465)
The Kirins with their art interpretation (14137465)

The event was supported by West Suffolk Council and Our Bury St Edmunds.

Joel McEvoy Swift with his picture of Munch's The Scream (14136886)
Joel McEvoy Swift with his picture of Munch's The Scream (14136886)


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