It’s A Mad World

A photo of six participants in the It's a Mad World Project

IT’S A MAD WORLD is an online showcase of different perspectives on mental health, created by those with lived experience and the Satellite Foundation. Using different mediums, we share stories of the funny and the sad, the happy and the mad, when navigating the complex world of mental health. 

Click the button above to get an access code that will admit you to the It’s a Mad World online exhibition.

Why do we need It’s A Mad World?

Conversations around mental illness are often serious. With the best of intentions, we try not make assumptions or ask imposing questions, yet we often end up uninformed but still curious. And it’s certainly no laughing matter. ‘It’s A Mad World’ aims to be an open, transformative space where lived experiences of mental illness meets exploration, and isolation meets collaboration. 

We want to show young people with parents or carers with mental illness that their voice matters no matter which way they want to express it.

What is It’s a Mad World?

It began as a place for people with lived experiences to meet and share their own stories of living with or around mental health challenges, creating a space to talk and laugh freely without reactions of pity, of platitudes or people not knowing what to say. 

Initially a live performance project, It’s A Mad World’s response to COVID 19 meant meeting in the Zoom room and evolving into this online exhibition where through a collaborative process six incredible young people shed light on the how the quirks of ‘madness’ bring colour and depth to life.

I could never explain the way I thought of my mum. It’s a swirling mix of dislike, guilt and unending love. Through the Mad World project I connected with a group of people who inexplicably knew that feeling. We helped each other find the words and discovered a range of avenues to explore those feelings and from that, how to extend that dialogue to those less familiar with such sentiment. It felt good to find the words, I don’t think I would have on my own.

Hannah – ‘It’s A Mad World’ participant

Now we are inviting more people into this conversation. As part of our audience, after exploring this site we welcome your thoughts, feelings and reflections to contribute to this ongoing conversation.

Strap in, listen up, get uncomfortable and get curious.

How can I join?

Click here to get an access code that will admit you to the It’s a Mad World online exhibition.

What comes next?

After the online exhibition, ‘It’s A Mad World’ will host an invite-only, in-person gathering on 26 November. Participants will share their experiences of being part of this project and facilitate a conversation around themes, future possibilities and the potential for ‘It’s A Mad World’ conversation to be taken up by other young people in Satellite Foundation and beyond.

For more projects from Satellite Foundation, visit Satellite Connect and At Home With Satellite.