Past project

National Gallery audio tour

Developing a National Gallery audio tour to raise public mental health awareness

Project overview

Our Young People’s Network worked with Dr Helen Fisher and the National Gallery team to design a mental health-themed audio tour.

Funded by the Medical Research Council, it focused on raising mental health awareness by debunking some of the major mental health myths.

The guided tour launched on World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2019.

Project details

Whilst the topic of mental health has become more widely discussed, there are still misunderstandings about what it means to experience mental health issues.

The tour aimed to challenge some of the stigma that exists about people with mental health issues, by providing alternative perspectives, using art as a starting point.

It also hoped to spark discussions with the public in a unique setting.

Eight members of our Young People’s Network attended a series of workshops to co-design the audio tour.

Some of the key ways they were involved includes: identifying mental health myths to be addressed in the tour, providing alternate perspectives to these myths, and helping identify paintings and spaces within the National Gallery which help to do this.

Some of the voices of the young people also featured in the tour.

The tour has now ended but you can read more about it on the National Gallery’s website here, and an overview from our partner Kings College London here.

Research on this project was published in Early Interventions here.

Read about what it was like to co-create the tour from a young person’s perspective in our blog.

For more information on this project please email [email protected].

Listen to a snippet from the audio tour here:

Project resources


Impact on public attitudes of a mental health audio tour of the National Gallery in London

A paper from the National Gallery Audio Tour study
Stigma | 20th September 2023 |

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