Emmer Winder, Social Prescription Pharmacy 2021

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This post is produced by Emmer Winder, from images at the end of a year recording conversations and affirmations from audiences sharing supportive statements on mental health resilience.

Social Prescription Pharmacy is open to all, and the images below share a selection of advice installed in public space in May 2021.

The notes are taken from a conversation between Harriet Burns & Emmer Winder.

“Believe it or not, it’s not that weird to go into a chemist and ask for 100 empty bottles. They just give ‘em yer. Pretty weird.”

“This is a bit like my baby. I’ve had it before. 

But it just felt ridiculous to not have a pharmacy, now.

I’d left it alone for over 10 years, but this just felt like the right time to bring it back again. Because this is something I’d done before, it felt more precious.”

[Photographing the sculpture]

“I’d rather it be outside.

Because the whole idea of this is that you don’t go somewhere to find the advice, you don’t have to go to a special building – it’s just there. 

I like the idea of it [the cabinet] being somewhere random, just a space.” 

“I think I could say this for every single one [the printed text/sentiments on the bottles], I can’t think of any that would not apply if there hadn’t been a pandemic, and you’d read these, they’d still make sense.

Maybe that is the message at the end of it, it’s not that we needed more positivity during that time, we’d recognised that we should’ve had that all along.”

“Honestly, I just feel like I’m a big emotional ballbag.

I can’t understand how this has happened. Or why.

I don’t know – I can’t even put it into words.

When Patrick said the festival was coming to an end, in the last email, I went ‘WHAT! When’s it coming to an end!? What am I going to do when it’s over!’

It’s been the best time.

It’s been the thing that’s got me through thinking how crap this year is, is that all of this [the IB Festival] is happening.”