'Mental Illness is Class Conscious'

1978-1981 in United Kingdom and London
East London Health Project
Poster entitled 'Mental illness is class consciousness'

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Poster entitled 'Mental illness is class consciousness'
Loraine Leeson and Peter Dunn, East London Health Project, 1979

Poster entitled 'Mental illness is class conscious', published by the East London Health project, design by Peter Dunn and Loraine Leeson, 1970s.

The East London Health project used this poster to highlight the impact of mental illness snf mental helth conditions among those on lower incomes and from deprived areas. The bottom of the poster reads “it is important to fight for the resources essential to a patient’s satisfactory recovery but the need for an improvement in living and working conditions much not be forgotten. An environment supportive of physical and psychological health should be a right not a privilege.”

In 1978, the East London Trades Councils wanted to give information about health issues to the local population. This was at a time when cuts were being made to the National Health Service (NHS). The East London Health Project was formed for this task and eight different posters were produced over the two years it existed. Art and modern advertising techniques were both used to draw attention to the issues and were displayed in doctors’ surgeries and other waiting areas. The themes and styles of the posters were developed by a steering group including members of the health workers’ unions NALGO and NUPE, the local Trades Council, and Tower Hamlets health campaign and the artists, Loraine Leeson and Peter Dunn.


Public Health & Hygiene
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overall: 570 mm x 430 mm
Loraine Leeson