Time to Talk – Stuart Semple’s designs for mental health

What unites Ruby Wax, Frankie Sandford from The Saturdays, Ricky Hatton, Russell Kane and Rachel Bruno?

Time to Talk temporary tattoo graphic
Time to Talk temporary tattoo graphic

Mental health, it turns out – and more specifically, the Time to Talk temporary tattoo campaign, promoted by a design by artist Stuart Semple.

Time to tattoo
Time to tattoo

The campaign is run by charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and aims to ‘end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems’.

Semple was brought in to create the design having been an ambassador for Mind for the last few years.

Johnny Dean from Menswe@r
Johnny Dean from Menswe@r

The graphic uses a winged heart device, meaning supporters literally wear their hearts on their sleeves.

‘As it’s a social media thing, the design had to translate well for Instagram and Twitter and things, so it had to be quite bold and graphic’, says Semple.

‘It had to fit in with what the campaign’s trying to say, but still be quite fluffy and cartoony.’

Russell Kane.
Russell Kane.

It’s hoped that the campaign will encourage people to open up about mental health, either online or in person, and promote more open, honest support for people affected by the issues.

‘Having experienced the effects of mental health problems first hand, I do believe there is a lack of awareness’, says Semple.

‘It’s sad to see individuals not wanting to speak up about their problems because of the discrimination they might face. My design is intended to literally lift the hearts of people with mental health problems.’

Uri Geller.
Uri Geller.

Although the campaign is running until the end of the month, it’s been such a success so far that the temporary tattoos have now run out. However, people are still encouraged to download the graphic from the Time to Talk website, and spread the word through social media, or on their email signatures.

Frankie from The Saturdays
Frankie from The Saturdays

Time to Talk is funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund. To get involved in the project or find out more visit time-to-change.org.uk or tweet #timetotalk

Time to Talk megaphone design
Time to Talk megaphone design

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