The Children's Society
Choosing positive images
Consider how images can be used to challenge negative stereotypes. This could be through celebrating the creativity of people experiencing mental ill health and avoiding images of people looking dishevelled or different.
Be aware that images relating to suicide may be triggers that increase risk. Follow guidelines for responsible reporting in the area of suicide prevention and mental ill-health.
Remember that young people are diverse and have varied experiences. Avoid generic stock images and think about the specific audience for your message. Represent the diversity of your audience in your images.
Talk to young people about their experiences and make sure the images you use and stories you tell represent these.
We’re constantly on the look out for new patterns. If you have a service/product which you think could be used as a new pattern, we’d love to hear about it.