Something New: Covid Living

Created by poet Koleka Putuma and illustrator Ivyy Chen, this animation beautifully captures young people’s approach to dealing with the challenges of Covid-19 lockdowns.

In 2020, Wellcome partnered with creative agency Flying Object to explore how young people have managed their mental health during and after Covid-19 lockdowns. The Covid Living project experimented with different methods and activities to enable 14-to-24-year-olds to share their experiences, including a series of creative challenges. 

Inspired by the young peoples’ experiences, Koleka Putuma wrote a poem which has been made into this animated film by Ivyy Chen. It is a moving meditation on how the collective pandemic experience has impacted young people and communities around the world.  

Our museum and library, Wellcome Collection, also hosted a discussion about young people’s approaches to mental health, wellbeing and self-care in the time of Covid-19 as part of their youth programme.

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Mindscapes brings together culture, communities, policy and research, and is informed and inspired by Wellcome's mental health programme.

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