Museum of lost and found potential

New pop-up exhibition launches on World Mental Health Day.

A pop-up exhibition will open in London today bringing together stories of the human potential lost through neglected mental health, and that which is found when people get the help they need. The Museum of Lost and Found Potential is open from today (World Mental Health Day Thursday 10 October) until Tuesday 15 October in London and features 16 interactive portraits, including video, audio and artefacts, to illustrate these “lost and found chapters” of people’s lives.

Created by Mental Health campaign group Speak Your Mind, in partnership with HSBC, the stories told are intended to demand that more be done, particularly by world leaders, to support good mental health and invest in mental health research. Among the stories and exhibits are the riding boot of an Australian teenager who died by suicide, the story of a survivor of multiple suicide attempts who now writes books and makes films to support others and a Nepalese woman who, after becoming a victim of human trafficking, found stability through cooking.

After its premiere in London the museum will be shown across the globe as a travelling exhibition. You can visit the museum for free at Unit 6 in Covent Garden from 12pm to 8pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday, no ticket required.

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