ORIGAMI peacocks can be seen in Newtown Library to shed light on a taboo subject, men’s mental health issues.

The exhibition highlights the number of men, 84, who kill themselves each week.

The exhibition was made and brought to the library by Tim Harrison who has been practicing the art of origami, or paper folding, as a way of dealing with anxiety and insomnia issues.

He has been inspired by the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), an award winning charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the biggest single killer of men aged under 45.

CALM has brought together the family and friends of 84 men who committed suicide for an art project in London that has 84 sculptures perched on various London buildings to symbolise the problem, which they call #project84

Tim, from Carno, who works as an assistant at the Bettws Lighthouse Independent Special School, said: “Origami is a hobby, I started by helping my wife Amanda make 1,000 doves for a music festival and I just haven’t stopped.

“I suffer from insomnia and anxiety and find that folding paper is soothing.

“I just thought that this exhibition would spark conversations that are needed around men’s mental health issues.

“I have long supported the CALM message but this dramatic statement called for attention and conversation.

“I saw The Calm Zone’s #project84, which is 84 statues of men that have been placed at the edge of buildings in London to represent the men who take their own lives every single week in the UK.

“It’s the biggest killer of men under the age of 45.

“I wanted to carry on the conversation in a prettier way.

“The male peacock is identified as a pretty creature and I thought I’d make 84 of them.

“I had a spell of anxiety a couple of years ago due to illness and I think it’s important that we discuss what can be seen as a taboo subject.”

If you need someone to talk to call their free and confidential helpline, 0800 585 857 from 5pm until midnight, or visit the website www.thecalmzone.net.